Ranking Manchester City's Top 5 Goals This Season
Manchester City's assault on opposing goalkeepers has been a spectacle to watch this season. Their 80 Premier League goals are second to the SAS-led Liverpool, though City have played two fewer games.
They also tacked on 19 in Champions League play, 13 in their abbreviated FA Cup run and 22 in their triumphant League Cup campaign.
There have been a fair share of simple goals, including a fair number of penalties—duly converted by Yaya Toure—but there's been plenty of room for the sensational. Read on to see a countdown of five of the best from this season.
All highlights are from Manchester City's official site.
5. Sergio Aguero vs. West Ham
This particular goal might not seem that fascinating when you look at just the strike. Sergio Aguero was played through on goal by a wonderful through ball from Fernandinho, and it was a cool, confident strike to put City ahead of West Ham (jump to 2:26).
However, this goal deserves that much extra merit for the exquisite pass laid on by the Brazilian as well as what Alvaro Negredo didn't do.
Take a look at the first replay (2:50) and watch as "The Beast" remains calm, walking away from the ball like he doesn't want anything to do with it. The Hammers are glued to his Spanish aura, leaving Aguero to latch on to the ball unopposed. A great "team goal" if you will.
4. Yaya Toure vs. Viktoria Plzen
In what's almost becoming a trademark, Yaya Toure's wonderful striking ability was evident in this sublime marker (0:47) in the Czech Republic in September.
After playing a neat one-two with Samir Nasri, he calmly strides inside before unleashing a fizzing curler from all of 25 yards. Plzen keeper Matus Kozacik was left with no chance despite his very best efforts to reach it.
City would go on to win this match 3-0, opening their European campaign with a win.
3. Jesus Navas vs. Spurs
Aguero pounced on a poor Hugo Lloris clearance, raced in and lashed at goal, with the France captain saving well. Unfortunately for the stopper, his strong parry saw it rebound into the path of Navas, who wasted no time dispatching the ball over the keeper's head and into the far corner.
City's day just got better and better from there, thanks in large part to about as perfect an opening sequence as you can ask for.
2. Samir Nasri vs. Sunderland
City's League Cup triumph at Wembley saw two spectacular goals, both of which have made this list.
Nasri completed City's comeback, putting them ahead in the second half after trailing at the break. The Frenchman did so in style, with an absolute rocket of a slicing half-volley from a full sprint (7:04).
Former Arsenal teammate Vito Mannone couldn't even dream of stopping this one as he stood rooted to his goal mouth.
Nasri may have scored the winner and gotten the Man of the Match award—as noted by the Telegraph's Mark Ogden—but he didn't score the best goal of the game. That was the goal in the final slide.
1. Yaya Toure vs. Sunderland
If Toure's goal against Plzen earlier in this slideshow wasn't good enough, then his equalizing strike just before Nasri's will certainly do (6:00, link in previous slide).
It's basically the same idea as the Champions League effort, except it had much bigger ramifications. Oh, and it was a pretty nonchalant effort from a good distance further out, one-touch, across his body and across the face of goal.
A wonder strike if there ever was one.
Nasri's goal followed soon thereafter, and City would go on to collect the first major trophy—sorry, fans of the Barclays Asia Trophy—of the Manuel Pellegrini era.
Bonus: Seko Fofana
While this countdown focused on the first team's goalscoring exploits, we have to pay homage to the youngsters, too.
After a Black Cats clearance, the 18-year-old French player took one touch to stop the ball and a second to set himself up for his third touch: a ridiculous 40-yard looping goal.
The ball flew over the helpless keeper's reach and skimmed the underside of the bar on its way in. A cracking goal from a promising prospect.
There's a lot to choose from, who did I miss? Let me know below or on Twitter.