Can Anybody Stop The Manchester City Offense?
Manchester City FC picked up goals from Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero just four minutes apart in the second-half to lift them to a 4-2 win over visiting Cardiff City. The win kept alive City’s dream of a perfect home record in the English Premier League but more impressively lifted to club over 100 goals scored across all competitions.
The club has scored a total of 103 goals as of the end of Saturday’s match, and if they are to play the maximum amount of matches still remaining they are on pace to score nearly 200 goals for the season. Another impressive feat is that they have only been shutout twice so far, both matches being away against Stoke City and Sunderland.
Manchester City isn’t just racking up the goals against the lower-end clubs in the league; against the other members of the top ten in the English Premier League, City has scored a total of 33 goals in 11 games including hitting six against Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
They have seen 13 different goalscorers so far this season but are paced by four in particular. Aguero, 25, is tied for the club lead with 21 goals including 14 in the Premier League. He joined City in 2011 from Spanish side Atletico Madrid for £35 million and has scored 68 goals in his three seasons, including the title-clinching goal in May 2011.
Also tied for the club lead is Alvaro Negredo with 21 goals; his scoring has been more balanced with nine in the Premier League, seven in the Cups (League Cup and FA Cup) and five in the UEFA Champions League. Negredo, 28, joined the club before this current season from Spanish side Sevilla where he spent four seasons before being purchased for £20 million.
Edin Dzeko is not far behind with 16 goals — half coming in the Cups. Dzeko joined the club in the January transfer window of 2011 from German side VfL Wolfsburg for £27 million. The Bosnian has scored 56 career goals for City over the course of his three full seasons.
Center mid Yaya Toure is fourth on their scoring charts with 14 goals, 11 in the Premier League. The 30-year-old from the Ivory Coast has spent the longest with City having signed in 2010 from FC Barcelona of Spain. This season has been his most productive since he only scored 28 goals in the previous three seasons with the club despite coming over from the Catalan giants for £24 million.
If you’ve been calculating along that is £106 million just spent on the top four goalscorers. Tabulating all of the transfer fees spent to bring in the players on the current squad Manchester City has spent £364.7 million with the four players from the youth squad and one player on a free.
Manchester City has another three-match in eight days stretch coming up starting on Tuesday with the second leg of their League Cup semifinal series with West Ham United which they currently lead 6-0 on aggregate. Next Saturday they host Watford in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup before playing away to Tottenham Hotspur on the Jan. 29.
All of those matches lead up to their big UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie with FC Barcelona starting on Feb. 18 at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. Barcelona themselves have scored goals in bunches this year with 82 goals in 29 matches across all competitions.