Media hail City's capital display
- 20 October 2013 09:14
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
This morning’s reports make for happy reading, with the press still purring over City’s Saturday evening performance in the capital.
With a first victory on the road in the Premier League this season, a classy display from the Sky Blues had many reports claiming that City have announced title credentials to the rest of England’s top flight.
The Mirror’s Steve Stammers was quick off the mark with that particular point, as well as drooling over the contribution of one David Silva.
He writes: “The warning from the East End of London to the rest of the Premier League was an ominous one.
“Manchester City – make no mistake – are genuine title contenders. True, there have been occasional setbacks early on but yesterday they not only beat West Ham. They dismantled them.
“West Ham manager Sam Allardyce relied on the same formula that reaped such rich rewards at White Hart Lane two weeks ago. There was no recognised striker – instead Allardyce was reliant on the combination of power, pace and subtlety of six midfield players.
“City, however, were a different proposition to Tottenham. And in David Silva, they had the perfect man to dictate the tempo of the game. There had obviously been a glaring omission in the pre-match announcements because the little Spaniard had clearly been granted the freedom of Newham as he frequently collected the ball at will without a claret and blue shirt in sight.
“And up front the intelligence of Alvaro Negredo and the dynamism of Sergio Aguero frequently had the West Ham defence at full stretch.”
Meanwhile, in the Telegraph, Oliver Brown was suitably moved by the performance of one attacking component, goalscoring hero, Sergio Aguero, but was another member of the press pack to suggest City gave a performance of potential Champions.
He reports: “It appeared as though Agüero was toying with West Ham - never more so than early in the second half, when he showed off a few tricks only for Vaz Te to take him out late and gift City a free-kick. From there Silva’s ball found him beautifully, as he angled a header from eight yards beyond Jaaskelainen.
“As Agüero wheeled away towards the jubilant City end, it looked like West Ham’s resistance would be futile. But Vaz Te led a fightback after the deftest of interplay. A flick-on from Stewart Downing teed up the Portuguese to unleash a bicycle kick that left Joe Hart in despair and the ground in delirium.
“Agüero redoubled his efforts, drawing Jaaskelainen into action again with an attempt from distance, and it was he who furnished the assist for the decisive third. With a delicious lay-off for Silva, the Spaniard did not blink in stroking the ball in to complete a move of devastating simplicity. Champions in waiting? On this evidence, you had better believe it.”
Notes Marc Isaacs: “Aguero may have stolen the headlines with his two goals, but David Silva was outstanding and City's link-up play was too much for West Ham to handle.
“Aguero has enjoyed a superb start to the campaign and took his tally to six league goals for the season - just one behind the Premier League's leading scorer, Daniel Sturridge.
“Pellegrini knows the importance of keeping the Argentina forward fit and hopes he can continue to forge such an impressive partnership with Silva.”
Of course, no one at City is getting carried away – in the middle of October no less – and Manuel Pellegrini started looking ahead to a tricky week involving trips to Moscow and Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in his post-match comments, while acknowledging the importance of keeping pace with the league leaders.