Manuel Pellegrini's Premier League Debut Leaves City Faithful Purring
The first Monday Night game of the English Premiership has come and gone. Manchester City and Newcastle squared off at the Ethiad Stadium, and the result left City fans in awe.
It is always nice to see scoring in football (soccer), and this fixture didn't disappoint. A 4-nil final impressed with some beautiful goals, one being, of course, a marvelous free kick that Yaya Toure bent around the Newcastle wall. Bend it like Yaya?
Despite Newcastle going down to ten men after a Steven Taylor straight red card, Manchester City looked eager from kick off to silence critics and prove their worth for mention as title favorites. The game never really was much of a contest. Manchester City was dominant for a full 90 minutes.
Manuel Pelligrini's mark on the team was already very obvious. City attacked from the whistle, and new signings played significant rolls.
It is safe to say that Jesus Navas, if not already, will be a fan favorite at the Ethiad. His sheer pace, ability on the ball and competence in crossing was a site for sore eyes.
Roberto Mancini's Blues never had the option to play wide. This was frustrating at times. Navas looked at home on the right flank, as well as showing an ability to cut into the middle of the park. English football looks extremely suited to Navas' strengths.
Fernandinho was also impressive for the home side. His ability to track and win balls was expected. However, his ability to switch play and find a long pass was uncanny. He did his job quietly and allowed more space and freedom for Toure. He should be a fun one to watch this season.
An obvious sour note in yesterday's match was the injury to skipper Vincent Kompany. As reported by dailymail, Kompany is set to miss at least two weeks.
This is a definite blow, as young starlet center half Matija Nastasic is still out injured and set to be for a few weeks still. These injuries coupled could see Pelligrini push to sign a fourth central defender for his squad.
The new-look City squad appear exciting, hungry and willing to fight to remain where they sit now, atop the table. City's squad is deep, and Pelligrini is known for pushing the best out of his players. I fully expect Manchester City to compete for multiple titles this season.
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