Martin Demichelis scores must-see training ground wonder goal

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Manchester City star Martin Demichelis has come a long way since being derided as a slow, cumbersome defender who doesn't belong at a top Premier League club, although I don't think even the most optimistic of City fans thought he had this stunning training-ground volley in his locker.

Quite what Demichelis was doing on the attacking team in this drill is still anyone's guess, although it may just have helped City unearth a new emergency striker capable of keeping their title hopes alive.

The 34-year-old shows silky skill to flick the ball past Bacary Sagna before thundering the ball into the top corner on the volley, with a dive through thin air from goalkeeper Willy Caballero adding to the goal's majesty.

Just where did that come from?

Demichelis produced that moment of magic in training ahead of City's FA Cup third round tie with Sheffield Wednesday, but quite outrageously still didn't get the nod to start from Manuel Pellegrini in that 2-1 win.

We'll just assume Demichelis was rested after he failed to leave the subs bench at the Etihad on Sunday, although once you've seen this video it's a genuine surprise Pellegrini didn't turn to the centre-back while City were trailing 1-0.

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Take a bow Martin!

You can watch the viral video hit for yourself thanks to City themselves, who kindly posted the video of a world-class strike from Demichelis earlier today.

Check out the strike for yourselves at the bottom of the page, and be prepared to change your opinion on a player who has quietly become very important to Pellegrini over the last 12 months.

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