After a topsy-turvy game the title momentum seems to be swaying back towards Manchester City. The Sky Blues still trail Chelsea, but the 4-1 victory over Tottenham was a real signal of intent – which was boosted by Diego Costa’s injury absence for the Blues.
After claiming the title last term, City started the campaign as favourites, and it would take a fool to rule them out of challenging for a third crown in four seasons this time. We at FFC Towers are inclined to think that they may go all the way again, and here are three reasons why…
Well, what can you say about the Argentine ace? He was once again simply staggering against Spurs, with a penalty miss the only blot on his copybook as he smashed FOUR goals. With pace, tenacity and a killer edge in front of goal, Aguero is one of the very best strikers on the planet, and if he can stay fit City may have the edge.
— yemzee (@bigtefa) October 18, 2014
I’ve been screaming about aguero for the last year. When fit he is world class
— Mike Ross (@DerekAMusiq) October 18, 2014
Even as a United fan, Aguero is by far the best striker in the league
— Aman Sehdev (@amanvsfood) October 18, 2014
Football can be a funny old game, and had Roberto Soldado’s penalty gone in at 2-1, the mood at City may have been very different after the final whistle. But Joe Hart stopped the much-aligned Spaniard’s efforts before his own side rushed to the other end of the pitch to covert their own penalty.
Headlines will be all about Aguero, Joe Hart has been just as good.
— Oli Buchanan (@Oli_B_44) October 18, 2014
And Joe Hart doesn’t need too many displays like these to be considered one of the world’s best keepers again. Phenomenal.
— Rasmus Bendrup (@BNDRP) October 18, 2014
— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) October 18, 2014
Chelsea subs v Palace: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Salah, Drogba, Solanke. #CFC
— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) October 18, 2014
While Chelsea’s misfortune surrounding Diego Costa injury forced serious changes, it’s fair to say that City are better equipped for injury blows. A comparison of the two clubs’ benches today reveals the depth advantage Manuel Pellegrini has.