After a slow opening half hour in which they found themselves 1-0 down at home to Newcastle United yesterday, Manchester City ran out empathic 6-1 winners to send them back to the top of the Premier League.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side had been on a three-game losing streak in all competitions before a late penalty saw them eventually overcome Borussia Mönchengladbach in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.
Defensively, City looked poor without Vincent Kompany and largely relied on a combination of Joe Hart and poor finishing from Raffael to keep it at 0-0 and 0-1 at times.
The opening half hour of yesterday’s victory was similar. Poor defending saw them go 1-0 behind to Aleksandar Mitrović’s headed and then help of a linesman’s offside flag and later Joe Hart denying the Serbian striker a one-on-one, to keep the score at 0-1.
City started getting into the game in the final 15 minutes of the first half and a lovely cross from David Silva led to the equaliser – a close-range diving header from Sergio Agüero to take both sides into the interval, level.
Within 17 minutes of the second half restarting it was 6-1. Sergio Agüero had netted five goals before Manuel Pellegrini substituted the Argentine in hope that Wilfried Bony would get on the scoresheet. He didn’t.
The manager’s decision, with Agüero one goal from setting a new Premier League record of six goals in a single match, shows that he’s all about winning rather than records. Something that Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique arguably needs to take note from as his side have looked tired in their two defeats this season, both coming after busy schedules.
Yesterday morning, I published an article on Here is the City, titled: Will the real Sergio Agüero please stand up? An article about how Sergio Agüero hadn’t found his shooting boots so far this season. It was only a matter of time.
Timed perfectly. That and putting a £50 bet on the Argentine to win the Premier League Golden Boot this season (as well a tipping it on Twitter).
Sergio Aguero is still 4.3 to be the Premier League top scorer with @BetfairExchange. Home to Newcastle today.
— Barrie’s View (@BarriesView) October 3, 2015
If you joined me on that bet we can all get a healthy trade already. Obviously I regret not thinking to back Agüero netting a hat-trick yesterday but oh well.
The international break comes as bad timing straight after finding his shooting boots. A trip to South America means he may come back jaded, but with Diego Costa and Harry kane only netting one goal each so far this season and Wayne Rooney not looking like he’ll be competing for the trophy, it’s looking good. Keep an eye out for Anthony Martial though – his odds are very nice right now.