CurioCITY Killed the Cat
October 07, 2012

Photo: MCFC.co.uk

Two days before the game, an interview with Adam Johnson in the form an ex-player-taking-dig-at-former-club article made its round in the media. In it, Johnson explained how young players shouldn’t join City because they’ll only play second fiddle to the likes of Yaya Toure. This opinion of his was widely interpreted in different ways by the City fans I know but if I could summarize their thoughts correctly, it would basically read, “Who cares?”

Yaya Toure can knock a cow out with a sneeze. And if you really want to get technical, 19-year-old Matija Nastasic has made two appearances in two for City in the Champions League. It all comes down to consistency and doing as the manager says.

So buck up and watch your spot, Adam. Good luck fighting for it with Colback and McClean.

Moving on, after a run of mostly unconvincing performance since the beginning of the season, City seems to be getting back on track since the Fulham game last week. An away win is always a good morale booster and injection of confidence.

The return of Micah Richards was a welcoming sight albeit in place of injured captain Vincent Kompany. Seeing Gareth Barry and James Milner in the team-sheet was refreshing as well. I can imagine how the Dortmund game mid-week led to a long line for ice bath at Carrington. The squad’s depth has yet again proven crucial for the club’s sustainability playing in all these competitions.

Lacking in depth still, however, is one Mario Balotelli. A misunderstood genius to some, especially after his penalty masterclass recently, Mario’s fluctuating performance and mood-swing continued against Sunderland. His pairing with Carlos Tevez up-front has all the promises of a lethal strikeforce. What Tevez possesses in work-rate and resilience however, could only be matched with Mario’s lackluster enthusiasm and petulance.

He stormed off the pitch after Sergio Aguero came in for him in the 57th minute. Aguero scores, the enigma that is Mario continues.

An early thunderbolt from Aleksandar Kolarov and a beast of a free-kick from Milner toward the end of the game wrapped up a convincing display of the City I know, and missed. Three points in the bag and three goals in bring City to second in the league.

If only all games are like this. Then again, that wouldn’t be City. If I wanted teams let us walk all over them and referees give every decision our way, in fear of our oppressive manager and mob of players, I might as well support you know who*. But what fun in watching football is that?

That's like playing FIFA all by yourself in 2-player mode.

*United.



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