Manchester City, the defending Barclays Premier League champions, have gotten off to a shaky start this season. In two games, they have one win and one tie. The win came against newly promoted Southhampton, and Man City had to come from a goal down to win 3-2. The tie came earlier today against a subpar Liverpool squad. Liverpool were coming off a 3-0 embarrassment at the hands of West Bromwich Albion, so City were in prime position to grab their second victory.
Liverpool had this game won, outplaying City and leading 2-1. Center-back Martin Skrtel gifted City their 2nd goal though in the 80th minute. Skrtel blindly played a pass back towards his goal keeper Pepe Reina, and City forward Carlos Tevez was in perfect position to intercept the pass, easily dribble past Reina, and comfortably place it in the goal for the tie. If it wasn’t for this horrible mistake, Liverpool would have escaped with the win and City would have dropped three points.
Manchester City does not look like the same team that hoisted the cup last season. They’ve looked slow, uninspired, and their defense has looked very suspect. City have already given up four goals in two games, far off from their great defensive form they displayed last season. Aside from David Silva, their midfield has lacked creativity, and their forwards have lacked a finishing touch.
Although City haven’t looked like the same side that won the league last year, I still believe they will regroup and make a title push. They simply have too much firepower in Silva, Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli, Yaya Toure, and Carlos Tevez. They also have some of the best defenders in the world with Gael Clichy, Joleon Lescott, and the best center-back in the world in my opinion, Vincent Kompany. City do need to get more contribution from French midfielder Samir Nasri though, as he has not lived up to his contract.
Manchester City will shake off this slow start and again hoist the trophy when this season is all said and done.