Manchester City may have taught us very little as the Baggies were reduced to ten men after just two minutes, but one thing we can take from it is that the Sky Blues have not yet given up on defending their Premier League title. Manuel Pellegrini’s men have wobbled into a position well off Chelsea in the battle for the big prize of late, but with the season now entering the sprint to the line, nothing has been decided and as long as it’s mathematically possible, the pressure is on Jose Mourinho’s Blues.
City did impress against West Brom, who were camped in their area for much of the game, and we think it would be foolish to say it’s all over already. Here are THREE reasons to keep an eye on the title run-in.
The marquee man of the winter window in terms of fee paid, Wilfried Bony has been somewhat forgotten since his Man City move. The ex-Swansea man’s Ivorian duty during the AFCON prevented him from making a swift debut, but after a handful of performances he opened his account in the sky blue shirt today with a neat goal against West Brom.
It’s hard to take much from his showing against a 10-man Baggies outfit, but Bony took his goal well and proves that the Citizens now have able back-up for Sergio Aguero. That could be vital.
Wilfried Bony’s game by numbers vs. West Brom: 6 shots 1 goal 2 chances created 3 take-ons completed pic.twitter.com/MqyW0bCFtu
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With today’s win, City have closed the gap, albeit potentially temporarily, to three points as the Premier League season edges onto the home straight. Okay, Chelsea have two games in hand, but with eight and ten games to play respectively, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that there could be a swing.
City have shown in the past they’ll go right until the end, while Chelsea’s mental strength will be tested after the Champions League exit.
Big moments need big players, and David Silva really is a giant at City. The little Spaniard has a range of passing few others possess when on form, and as the season heads toward the crunch, he looks to be at the top of his game.
The playmaker ran the show against a demoralised West Brom, popping off passes from the edge of the 18-yard box, and even got himself on the scoresheet. He’ll need to be firing on all cylinders to get City over the line.
— The Sun – Football (@TheSunFootball) March 21, 2015