Manchester City dominated the channels and the center of midfield, as they completely stifled the Villains. Naturally, this dominance was also reflected in the possession statistics. A comprehensive victory, and I'm sure you would agree.
However, the hegemonic nature of the victory brings to the fore another cause for concern. The City lineup lacked Samir Nasri, Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez, the club's perceived "linchpins," and yet, they still cruised to victory. It appears that Manchester City's strength in depth allows it to dispatch a mid-table team with ease, while fielding their "second-string."
Nevertheless, these worries should not overshadow the fact that City was brilliant—in every sense of the word. Mario Balotelli's opener (an overhead kick) was brilliance exemplified. James Milner's goal was a long-ranger worthy of winning any game. Even though City were brilliant individuals, their brilliance extended to their team dynamic. Their mesmerizing runs and intricate patterns of passing made for pleasurable viewing to City fans and Neutrals.
To provide some context to the situation, City were languishing in the Third Division just over 13 years ago. Scary stuff.