Manchester City boss Manuel Pelegrini got a real, shocking welcome to the Premier League, after their 3-2 loss to Cardiff City. If the new faces, including Pelegrini, had underestimated just what the league is all about, then they were given a stern lesson.
The nice, comfortable victory against Newcastle in their opening game was a complete contrast to the match on Sunday, which is the first set back of their season.
The Premier League is all about fights and intense battles from one minute to the last. You’ll get a centre forward chasing after you for a throw on, and home crowds attacking you with a barrage of noise to distract from your game, which is exactly what Man City experienced at Cardiff.
Besides passion, Cardiff showed how organized smaller clubs in the Premier League can be when up against the bigger sides. As a unit, they were very solid defensively, given the huge amounts of pressure heaped upon them.
City was dominating; it looked almost certain that they would find the winner. But with around 20 minutes to go, Cardiff showed that in the Premier League, no matter what the quality of the squad, anyone can get a win against any opposition.
50 years in the making, and Cardiff finally got their first Premier League win. Man City was rocked by them. Even when Alvaro Negrado found a goal to narrow Cardiff’s lead, the Welsh side fought right up until the very last minute to cling onto the three points.
The Premier League was truly missed. The drama, twists and turns combined with the passion from its followers results in something that money, in this case Man City’s, can’t beat.