Manchester City secured another three points at the Ethiad this Saturday, with a 4-2 victory over Cardiff. Despite the scoreline, Cardiff held relatively well against the City attack, until the later stages of the game. City would hang on for the victory, securing their place in second, just one point shy of table toppers—Arsenal.
Here is a statistical analysis of the game leaders in this Saturday's league fixture.
The regular faces impressed for City, while Cardiff midfielder, Craig Noone had himself an extremely impressive performance, including a beautiful goal in the first half.
Edin Dzeko led the line today for City with four shots, three on target and one goal. His place will be in question, despite a great run of form in Aguero's absence.
Aguero has returned to the side and will undoubtedly be placed back into the starting XI. The only question remains is who will pair up beside Aguero. Alvaro Negredo has partnered extremely well with Aguero and has been on an incredible run of form himself.
Pelligrini will face a bit of a selection headache in the upcoming weeks; however, it appears that this City team welcomes healthy competition.
It's no surprise to see Yaya Toure atop this statistical category. Toure bossed the midfield, much like he does nearly every game. He completed an impressive 77 of 82 passes. He capped off his performance with a charging run that resulted in a beautiful goal for the Ivorian and recently crowned African footballer of the year.
Martin Demichelis has impressed after coming into the City side after injury. Not only has he been responsible defensively, but his ability to work the ball out from the back is becoming invaluable. Demichelis completed 73 of 79 passes, much of these coming from center field.
Gary Medel led the way for Cardiff, completing 52 of 54 passes. This stat does little more than show the difference in possession between the two sides.
As stated previously, Craig Noone had an impressive day today. He completed 8 of 10 take-ons successfully, doing so in extremely dangerous positions. He made experienced defenders Vincent Kompany and Martin Demichelis each look foolish, turning the players inside out on two separate occasions.
Yaya Toure featured again for the Blues, completing 4 of 4 take-ons.
Craig Noone's name comes up yet again to lead another category. He had eight ball recoveries today for his side.
Manchester City's Martin Demichelis and Javi Garcia each proved their value, recovering seven balls in midfield and defense respectfully.
Javi Garcia also recorded three interceptions
The magician, David Silva, put in a another superb night at the Ethiad. Silva created two chances, one resulting in a goal for City. He registered two shots, completed 71 of 80 passes and even won two tackles for the Blues. Silva is a catalyst, and when he is on the pitch, he brings another dynamic to this side.