Chelsea v Man City round up
Manchester City ran out 3-2 winners over Chelsea in an entertaining (and feisty) opening game to the season at the weekend at Villa Park, but what did it tell us? Here are a few things we noticed:
Eden Hazard is funny
After a nice bit of skill on the left-wing in the first half, Chelsea's new boy attempted a back-heel that already gave us one of the funniest moments of the season. And the season hasn't even started yet. Check it out here
Ivanovic had to go
At first glance Branislav Ivanovic's tackle on City's Kolarov looked like it was a harsh sending off. Even Clive Tyldsley said so, and so did Andy Townsend, and they're never wrong about anything. Then we saw the slow-motion replay, and if Ivanovic had appeared at Kolarov's house in the middle of the night and twatted him in his sleep with a rolling pin, he couldn't have taken him out better. It was basically a leg-breaker that didn't break his leg. Luckily though, the FA have decided a sending off in the Community Shield doesn't count, so he doesn't get a ban. The FA are great!
Chelsea need another striker
Much as we reckon Fernando Torres will get a lot more goals this year than last, Chelsea have let Drogba, Anelka and Lukaku go, and while they still have Daniel Sturridge, he generally cuts in from the wing. Unless Roman Abramovich is ready to splash another 30 or 40 million quid on a striker, it's possible Chelsea could lack cutting edge up front this season. But who knows, he might sell a boat or a tank or something and get one.
James Milner is confusing
He was terrible in the Euros. He's a winger that doesn't beat players. Last year he scored three goals and set up five for Man City in all competitions. And yet somehow...he seems to make Manchester City a better team. We're not sure how, but then Roberto Mancini is a top-notch manager and we're not, so he knows more than we do. Same goes for Gareth Barry.
Man City's squad is frightening
Ok we need a goal, do we have anyone decent on the bench? Who? Oh double-Euro and World Cup winner David Silva? Yep fine, stick him on. Let's sign Rodwell from Everton for a laugh as well, he's going to be really good. Balotelli can have the day off. Dzeko...eh not sure where he is, never mind. Joe Hart's the best keeper in the world and he's poorly sick, but don't worry, we've got this giant called Pantellimon, and he never makes a mista....oh