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Advantage Manchester City in the EPL title race

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 17 Aug 2015

Argentinian superstar Sergio Aguero opened the scoring in Manchester City's 3-0 victory over Chelsea on Sunday

Argentinian superstar Sergio Aguero opened the scoring in Manchester City’s 3-0 victory over Chelsea on Sunday

Manchester City have made an impressive start to their Premier League campaign. The Citizens made a good start to season by beating West Brom 3-0.

They produced a dominant display at the Hawthorns, but a City victory was not a major surprise result.

Their second 3-0 victory of the season was even more impressive, as they put champions and title rivals Chelsea to the sword on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium.


City richly deserved the victory over their main title rivals. City dominated for much of the opening half hour and it was a surprise it took them 31 minutes to open the scoring. Argentinian Sergio Aguero was starting his first game of the season, yet looked very sharp.

He had already tested Chelsea ‘keeper Asmir Begovic on a number of occasions, before finally giving City the lead in expertly taken Aguero fashion. Chelsea came back into it slightly in the second half, as Eden Hazard saw an effort from around 12 yards saved by Joe Hart.

City confirmed the win with further goals from centre-back Vincent Kompany and Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho in the last 15 minutes of the game. In truth they were simply better than Chelsea in every department of the field.


City’s win may not be a definitive result in the title race coming so early in the campaign, but it certainly gives the Citizens an early advantage. Manuel Pellegrini’s men are already five points clear of Chelsea, who as champions should be their biggest title challengers this season.

The way these two teams are playing at the moment, the advantage could be a major one. Chelsea started in a similar vein of form last season and nobody could catch them in the race for the title.


What City seemed to lack at points last season was a real desire to win. The likes Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure struggled to hit top form in the last campaign, but seem to have rediscovered some of the form that made the pair two of the Premier League’s top performers in previous campaigns.

Kompany has recently admitted that he has learnt from last season and he believes he can take a lot from the experience of a poor season. The Belgium international has enjoyed a good start to the campaign at both ends of the field.

He has two goals in two Premier League games this season and probably more importantly to him the team has kept two clean sheets. Kompany now looks more concentrated and that can only be good for the Citizens.

Toure looks like he is showing far more appetite for the game in the early season games. The 32-year-old looked like he was treading water at times last season, but now looks like he could be close to his marauding best once again this season.


Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero was rested for the opening game against West Brom, following his participation in the Copa America with his national side.

However, the diminutive striker looked very sharp in this fixture from kick-off. His personal one-on-one battle with Chelsea ‘keeper Asmir Begovic dominated the opening half hour of this game.

He could have had a hat-trick or better, but for the former-Stoke stopper pulling-off some good saves. He did eventually win the individual battle on 31 minutes, as he finally gave City the lead. On his day Aguero is simply unstoppable.

The Argentinian won the Premier League golden boot last season with 26 goals, his highest ever goal tally during his City career. The 27-year-old suffered with injury problems last season, so will be looking to stay injury-free this campaign and even better his goal tally from last season.


Following the first Premier League weekend of the season Manchester City were instantly installed as favourites to win the Premier League title this season. The Citizens are now odds of 5/4 to regain the league title this season.

There is obviously a long time to go in the season, but City look like they have their drive, determination and desire back. That is bad news for their title rivals, as the Citizens look like they are back to the form that helped them become champions in season 2013/14.

Are Manchester City now close to their best form?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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