Manchester City did not have a season to remember last year as they failed to win any silverware. The manager, Manuel Pellegrini will be well aware of his shortcomings and will have to do well this season to keep his seat at the club. They started their 2015-16 Premier League season with a visit to the Hawthorns as they took on a confident West Bromwich Albion side.
In this article, we will take a look at the proceedings of the match and analyze the game to try and understand the positives and negatives the clubs can take from the game.
G. Myhill, Chester, J. Lescott, C Dawson, C. Brunt, J McClean, C. Gardener, D Fletcher, J Morisson, S Berahino, R Lambert
Manchester City (4-5-1)
J Hart, V Kompany, A Kolarov, B Sagna, E Mangala, R Sterling, Yaya Toure, D Silva, Fernandinho, J Navas, W Bony
The home team handed out debuts to R Lambert, J McClean and James Chester in this game as Manchester City started with Raheem Sterling and Wilfred Bony up front. The touring team started confidently as they looked confident in passing the ball. It did not take long for Yaya Toure to open the scoring. His shot took a wicked deflection off Craig Dawson after travelling between Silva’s legs to beat Myhill in the 9th minute of the game.
They looked comfortable on possession and made the WBA players fight for the ball. Their continued spell of pressure, payed off 15 minutes later, as Yaya Toure pushed home a sublime effort from the edge of the box. He curled home his second goal after a well weighted pass from Bony from the right flank.
Both Bony and Sterling had chances to score for the club but Bony’s shot was deflected by Dawson and Sterling fired wide as they missed the opportunities to put the game to bed in the first half. They went into the break at 2-0 as WBA looked deflated. The offside call against Berahino after he put the ball in the back of the net added to the fans frustrations in the first half.
Straight after the break, Sterling had another chance at goal but managed to fire it straight into the hands of the keeper. Lambert got a free-kick from a decent position but curled over the bar. But the best chance for the home team was squandered by Berahino as he missed a one on one with Joe Hart.
The third goal was a bit tame as Kompany was allowed a free header after he escaped Lescott after a decent corner was sent in by David Silva. Manchester City took the game away at this point and Pellegrini finally could afford a smile. He gave a small cameo to Sergio Aguero in the second half but no more goals were scored in the game.
Tony Pulis will have a lot to think about before the next game against Watford as they were out done by City in almost every department. The players must step up to the task and will have to produce a better performance in the next game if they want to stay in the top flight of English football.
Pellegrini on the other side had a dream start and will want his team to continue the same way for the rest of the season. They sit at the top of the table and will want to stay there for as long as possible. Their next game at home against Chelsea will be a tough one and the manager would want his team to come out of it with a result.