Manchester City were salivating all weekend after seeing fellow title contenders Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United struggle on their first outings of the new season. They took advantage in the last match of the week away to West Bromwich Albion.
It didn’t take long for the 2013-14 English Premier League champions to score their first goal of the season. After controlling the first eight minutes, the ball squirmed into the back of the net after a shot from Yaya Toure was deflected, leaving West Brom’s keeper with no chance.
The goal was controversial, only in the sense that it was hard to decide who to give it to, Toure or David Silva. Toure made sure there was no doubt about who scored the next after slamming one into the corner of the net after a pretty little give-and-go with Wilfried Bony in minute 24.
Captain of the City squad, Vincent Kompany, put the match to bed after his 59th minute header/shoulder goal off of a corner kick. Kompany showed his eagerness and enthusiasm to get the new season rolling with his massive celebration in front of his away supporters.
Not everyone on Manchester City had the brightest day. New mega signing Raheem Sterling, purchased for $49 million from Liverpool, showed some spark and speed on occasion, but missed a clear goal opportunity when he went one-on-one with West Brom keeper, Glyn Oliver Myhill.
The season is only one week old, but City have by far looked the best in the country. Defending champions Chelsea only took one point from a home game against Swansea City after a red card and penalty helped the Swans earn a 2-2 draw.
Arsenal, a team picked by many pundits to win after finishing so strongly last season, had a woeful day at home against London rivals West Ham. Arsenal’s new goalkeeper, Petr Cech, was responsible for two boneheaded plays that led to a 0-2 loss.
Manchester United did win, but they looked horrible at it when they took down Tottenham 1-0 in a game to forget.
City is once again strapped with new talent, with the signings of Sterling, Fabian Delph, and possibly Kevin De Bruyne, and they looked untouchable in their first match. This could be the beginning of another dream season for the Sky Blues.