City kept up their 100% home record in the league with a 3-0 win over Swansea at the Etihad this afternoon.
The result slightly flattered the Blues who were the better side but were quite fortunate Swansea were without Michu and Bony, as the Welsh side squandered some good chances. Pantilimon also justified his continued selection with some fine saves.
Neither Aguero or Negredo were at their very best today, but it was a stunning free kick from Negredo that broke the deadlock, Swansea goalkeeper Tremmel not even moving.
At 1-0 the game was quite tense, with Swansea creating chances and threatening to equalise. It was an improved performance from Demichelis and Lescott at the back compared to Wednesday night, though, with Demichelis in particular reading the game very well.
Samir Nasri was again excellent, working his socks off and getting his just reward with a lovely second half brace. Whenever Silva has been injured in recent years we have missed him badly, but Nasri’s renaissance this season has allowed us to cope better in Merlin’s absence.
A big challenge lies ahead with two tricky away matches against West Brom and Southampton, followed by a crunch home game against the impressive Arsenal. Oh, and there is the matter of a trip to Munich…
Manchester City: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Lescott, Demichelis, Clichy, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure (c), Navas (Kolarov 76), Nasri, Negredo (Milner 63), Aguero (Dzeko 79)
Subs not used: Hart, Richards, Garcia, Rodwell
Goals: Negredo 8, Nasri 58, 77
Swansea: Tremmel, Tiendalli, Chico Flores, Williams, Davies; Canas, de Guzman, Shelvey, Pozuelo (Dyer 67), Hernandez (Routledge 62), Vazquezo
Subs not used: Vorm, Taylor, Amat, Lamah, Donnelly
TKA Man of the Match: Samir Nasri
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