Date:Saturday February 25 2012
The Etihad Staium
Saturday 25th Feb 5.30 PM
Today looked like a routine three points for Mancini and his charges as Blackburn Rovers came to town. A win for City would equal Newcastle`s thirteen win streak from the start of the season and would mean the Blues would have gone a full twelve months with an eighteen game win streak that was looking like it could go on and on.
The match predictably began with City on the offensive and even more predictably went on with City on the offensive. After Balotelli`s opening goal and his declaration under his shirt didn`t read why always me this time, it read 'Raffaella ti amo`, in reference to Raffaella Fico the ex Italian Big Brother Contestant and Balotelli`s current squeeze.
For a team that had only failed to score three or more goals at home on two occasions, City duly increased their amazing goal difference and look to be heading for one hundred goals and close to one hundred points.
Blackburn looked a shadow of the team that used to come to City and kick us off the park. They hardly put in a shift and if not for goal keeper Paul Robinson, the result could have been even more one sided. Whilst Steve Kean stood stoicly on the side lines, his team capitulated as I have never seen a team capitulate.
City showed patience for the first thirty minutes, passing the ball around with class and ability and the break, when it came was quick and decisive. After a rare Blackburn attack, Toure picked out Silva with a wonderful pass. The diminutive magician played the ball on to the advancing Kolarov, whose cut back cross from the by line was put into the net by Balotelli.
Blackburn had few chances and held onto the ball for only eighteen per cent of the game. City were their usual profligate selves for the rest of the first half, but the second half was a different story. Robinson, saviour for much of the opening forty five minutes was villain in the second. A corner on the City right from Silva seemed destined for Robinsons arms until the keeper flapped at the cross and ended up pushing into the path of Aguero who duly finished.
City then played the patient football they had in the first half until ten minutes before the end when substitute Edin Dzeko was heading the ball into the back of the net after a beautiful left wing cross.
I have never seen a poorer side come to The Etihad and a sign of this was the fact that Blackburn's first shot on target came in the ninety second minute. If City continue to play like this, with the magnificent Toure back in the team, the league looks like it won`t go to the wire and dare we dream that United will have to give City an honour procession at the Derby match in a few week`s time?
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Date:Saturday February 25 2012
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