In their last two games, victories away at Southampton and Sunderland, Manchester City have looked in imperious form as they head into a very busy festive season of football.
They do so handily placed in second in the Premier League six points behind unbeaten leaders Chelsea.
City’s last two games have shown that they are definite title hopefuls again this season as they have brushed aside Southampton (3-0) and Sunderland (4-1) with ease. No game is easy in the Premier League and City have had to work hard but whilst previous City sides have slipped up in games such as this, the class of 2014/15 look to be a very potent threat whoever they play against and have shown that they mean business as they try to defend their crown.
Prior to both away trips there were doubters who were predicting City to come up short. Southampton, at the time, were in second place in the table after a wonderful start to their campaign but, despite going down to ten men, City showed their class to overcome this hurdle with apparent ease. Likewise, prior to the Sunderland fixture, pundits highlighted City’s poor record at the Stadium of Light in recent years but City were in no mood to see a repeat of history as they galloped to victory, responding well to going a goal down.
The common denominator in City’s impressive form this season has been their star striker Sergio Aguero. He has now scored 19 goals, 14 of them in the Premier League, after his brace sunk Sunderland on Wednesday evening. His form will no doubt alert clubs like Barcelona and Real Madrid but at present he is a City player and will remain one for the foreseeable future.
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What will happen to City if Aguero faces an injury lay-off?
That could be the time when City struggle to break teams down. City do not have another striker who at present is capable of the goalscoring feats of Aguero. In fact their next top scorers are midfielders Frank Lampard and Yaya Toure with five each. They need to protect Aguero as much as possible but also need him to play regularly which is a difficult balancing act. City need an on-form Aguero for most of the season if they are to catch Chelsea.
Playing catch up
At present though City are concentrating on trying to catch Chelsea but to do so they must maintain their own form in the hope that Chelsea slip up along the way. Chelsea look to be playing like champions elect but that could change with the season only 14 games old.
City’s next game sees them return to home soil against Everton on Saturday evening followed by a huge Champions League tie, and must win, against Roma in Rome next Wednesday. Although City will be aware that no Premier League game is easy they will know that all their December fixtures are winnable games but January is a key month when they face Arsenal and their closest rivals Chelsea.