Today the Citizens were second best and didn’t deserve to beat a spirited Blackpool side. In the first half especially the Tangerines played some wonderful, purposeful football, with Charlie Adams the central figure again. The midfielder controlled the tempo of the game, pinging the ball left and right to play in the flying full backs Eardly and Crainy, as well as playing the ball to into the strikers whenever possible.
Blackpool really should have scored after half time, DJ Campbell squandered a magnificent chance, side-footing the ball wide after being picked out by Varney. Holloway’s men were also denied a goal after a Taylor-Fletcher’s strike was wrongfully ruled offside.
Man City rode their luck before a Mancini substitution – Adabyor for Silva – changed the game. He instantly set-up Tevez to open the scoring. Harewood, another substitution, equalised but this was to little avail, by now Tevez was rampant and added a second before super-sub David Silva added a third. A 93rd minute strike from Blackpool’s Taylor-Fletcher did little to change the result as City moved into second place in the League.
This result got me thinking though:
1) Manchester City are still struggling to find their feet and their best team, the left back position for example has been changed seven times. Despite this, they came out victors in this fixture as well as against Newcastle when they perhaps didn’t deserve it. A good sign of champions usually.
2) Manchester United bottled it, Chelsea bottled it, Arsenal almost bottled it but Manchester City didn’t.
3) Man City have a bench that can change a game. Adam Johnson did it against Newcastle and David Silva did it today. When Manchester United needed a game changer against West Brom Rooney and Scholes did not step up, nor did anyone else on the bench pose as worth candidates. Chelsea’ bench consisted of: Zhirkov, McEachran, Mellis, Borini as potential game changers, admittedly I’m delighted to see a young bench but three of these players are under 18 which seems a tad too young to be coming on to take the game to the opponent.
Oh, and this was City’s bench: Given, Richards, Zabaleta,Wright-Phillips, Silva,Vieira, Santa Cruz …I rest my case.
So taking this in to consideration…Can Manchester City really win the title?