MAN CITY 3 – 0 Aston Villa – MY THOUGHTS

3 Mar

As comfortable a victory as you are likely to see. And one that means we are now in the last eight of the FA Cup, with only a home tie against Reading standing between us and Wembley. It was, in all respects, a perfect match. Not in terms of the entertainment on show, but with regards to the ease of victory, the lack of necessity to reach even third gear and the resting of key players.

An early goal from Yaya Touré, lashed home from inside the six-yard box, knocked whatever stuffing the visitors had out of them, as a severely weakened Villa side offered little resistance. Mario Balotelli added a sublime second, a nonchalant, half-volleyed, side-footed effort before the superb David Silva rounded off the scoring in the second half. It was almost too easy, but there won’t be many complaints.

With a hectic fixture schedule in mind, Carlos Tévez and Edin Džeko were afforded rests, but David Silva and Micah Richards were brought straight back into the side. Balotelli, whose performance against Fulham was criticised by Mancini, was handed the responsibility of being the lone striker, and he seemed to relish the freedom given to him. It’s not as if he can’t play in the same side as our other two strikers, but he conveyed the impression of being liberated with the afore-mentioned duo not there to take up his positions.

At our creative hub was Silva, nominally on the right of an attacking triumvirate, but floating wherever his instinct took him. With his eye for a pass, his link-up play with Balotelli has the potential to be world-class and although they didn’t quite click last night, their partnership could be fruitful. The Spaniard pulled the strings in midfield, orchestrating our attacks and providing us with a focal point to play through.

Alongside him was Yaya Touré, operating in a much more prominent forward role than in previous matches. At times, he was the lone striker, Balotelli having drifted elsewhere. And it was that combination that created, and scored, the second goal. Yaya’s lofted through ball allowed the Italian space to run towards goal. But declining the invitation to control it, Mario caressed the ball, on the half-volley, first time, into the top corner. It was a goal by a natural finisher, his tenth in just twelve starts for City, perhaps giving reason as to why Mancini is prepared to put up with the tantrums.

Clearly content with the game having been put beyond the reach of the visitors, Mancini decided to experiment with a 3-5-2 formation in the last few minutes. It’s something he has been working on in training, due to the absence of Adam Johnson, with the aim to provide us with enough width whilst still remaining solid in the centre. With Jérome Boateng, Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott the first choice three centre-backs, and with Micah Richards and Aleks Kolarov as the wing-backs, it’s a real possibility in the near future.

That near future includes a must-win Premier League match with Wigan on Saturday, followed by a Europa League tie with Dynamo Kyiv. With fixtures coming thick and fast, the momentum gained from this win should serve us well.


6 Responses to “MAN CITY 3 – 0 Aston Villa – MY THOUGHTS”

  1. Bring Bellamy back 03/03/2011 at 7:32 pm #

    “Momentum should serve us well”. I would agree but i just heard about the latest scandel at City with Kolo failing his drugs test. Sods law!

  2. Siamack 03/03/2011 at 9:06 pm #

    Very nice piece, I really enjoy reading this blog, Way to go for the nice job done.
    Wigan game is a must-win, I believe it is a make-or-break game. As for Villa’s game, it was one of those games that I enjoyed watching with no butterflies in my stomach, the only disappointment was seeing JO instead of Michael Johnson. I am sure at this moment there is a lot of drive and passion in Michael to prove himself and I can not wait to see him in action even for 10 minutes.

    • JOHN GUIDETTI IS MY HERO!!! 03/03/2011 at 11:33 pm #

      Kidd shouted Johnson over but then sent him back before Boyata came on.

  3. Citysince77 03/03/2011 at 9:58 pm #

    It was a good win with a starting eleven I would not have picked myself, so for me, Mancini really pulled it off last night. Villa and Houllier helped us in a way but you’ve still got to put them in the net and I think we scored a couple of crackers. Balotelli’s finish was as clinical as he is frustrating and Silva’s goal was top notch as well, and once he adds scoring to his game we will have ourselves one hell of a player. I must say I do not understand the Kolo drugs thing. Whether you like him as a player or not you can just tell he is the model professional, and for whatever reason this is happening I’m sure there is some kind of explanation.

    • Siamack 04/03/2011 at 12:49 am #

      No one is perfect and I wonder how many cases go unnoticed. Though I do not condone what he has done, I do not want to rush any judgments as well. Considering worst case scenario, he is handed some punishment that he has to server. No matter what, I am behind him 100% provided he expresses regret over what he has done.

  4. JOHN GUIDETTI IS MY HERO!!! 03/03/2011 at 11:34 pm #

    p.s nice use of that picture i sent you 🙂

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