After demolishing West Ham United in the Capitol One Cup semi-final first leg, Manchester City has proven that the remaining players can definitely manage without their leading goalscorer of their campaign, Sergio Aguero. In fact, they were able to put up a whopping six goals as oposed to their opponent’s zero. That’r right folks, the final score was 6-0 at the Etihad in Manchester, England.
Alvaro Negredo is a Spanish international striker who arrived on the scene over the summer. He scored a sensational hat-trick in yesterday’s game to make his mark as one of the very best strikers available this season. In addition to him, Edin Dzeko — who has been there for awhile now — scored a brace of his own, while midfield stalwart Yaya Toure scored a stunner in the midst of the strikes by his teammates.
In the absence of Aguero, that trio knows that they have to step up immensely in order to keep up their scoring record and make opponents look foolish for the entirety of the 90 minutes. Toure has always been magnificent, as he has the visual of the entire field from wherever he is standing. He also can dribble, run and pass the ball at will whenever his teammates open up. Dzeko and Negredo have proven once again that they can be counted on when it counts the most.
With the second leg looming, City can safely field a slightly weakened team to preserve the energy of their starters, as this series is all but over. If they can manage to impress in the second leg as well, this team could definitely go all the way within this tournament.
City is a shoo-in to win the Premier League, and to perhaps even get past Barcelona in Round 16 of the Champions League. They will arguably be their most difficult opponents to date, but they do have the tools and coaching necessary to post a slight upset in that tie.