Sergio Aguero ensured City flew out of the traps in their first Premier League game of the season against Swansea last night. City comfortably cruised to a 4-0 win over the newly promoted Welshmen.
Inoculated City had the pleasure of watching the game in 3D for the first time; a trivial experience and ultimately good fun. Initially it may have been a bad idea. As I sat in the local, bearing nerdish looking 3D glasses, Swansea took control of the early proceedings, rather embarrassingly. City’s multi-million pound team were mere spectators of the Premier League new boys for the first 20 minutes. The onlookers, including myself, were only able to hide their shame behind 3D glasses. Fortunately, the pub was sparsely populated so my personal misfortune was not too apparent. Getting an ear-bashing about the Community Shield from a United fan in tow didn’t do much to lighten the mood.
Self consciousness aside, City finally woke up and went onto dominate the game. Edin Dzeko opened the scoring with a simple tap in after David Silva and Gareth Barry hit the woodwork earlier in the game.
It wasn’t until Sergio Aguero, son-in-law of Diego Maradona, was introduced that the show really started. Aguero, nicknamed Kun, almost immediately after coming off the bench swivelled and shot from the edge of the area troubling the Swansea keeper. Yaya Toure should have done better with the follow up.
Moments later the debutant opened his City scoring account with a tap-in. Before Aguero’s introduction Silva ran the game with his wide array of skill and vision. Aguero somewhat took the spotlight off Silva by setting him up for a simple finish to make it three for the night. Aguero deftly lobbed the keeper and pulled the ball back for Silva to complete a fine move.
With the game drawing to a close Aguero fired a thunderbolt of a shot from 25 yards into the left of the goal leaving the crowd breathless. The quality of the strike cannot be overstated: to curve the ball up and down so quickly is a skill few possess.
With the embarrassment of the 3D glasses far from my mind, here’s one City fan that went to bed dreaming of a glorious future which seems surreally possible. With players like Aguero and Silva who can stop City now?
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Words by Rob Toole