Manchester City paper over the cracks with last gasp win

Manchester City paper over the cracks with last gasp win
Aguero's late, late show. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images

Aguero’s late, late show. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images

Where would Manchester City be without Sergio Aguero? That was probably the most asked question on social media after he scored two late goals to give Manchester City what had seemed, with only six minutes remaining of their crucial Champions League tie at home to Bayern Munich, an improbable victory.

Although Bayern had a player sent off early in the game, they led Man City 2-1 at half time and were comfortable on the ball for by far the majority of the second half. Bayern Munich passed the ball beautifully and for large parts of the game Manchester City players were chasing shadows.

But two uncharacteristic mistakes in the final five minutes presented the lethal Aguero with two goalscoring opportunities to complete a hat trick on the night and offer City real hope of qualification into the next round of games.

Manchester City fans were right to celebrate (those that had attended a not full stadium and those who hadn’t left the game early). They must rightly enjoy and savour such a fightback and an important victory.

But do any of them really think it was little more than papering over the cracks?

They were by far the inferior team on the night. They got the win and that’s all that mattered. For sure. For now.

But serious questions have to be asked about how so much money can be spent on a collection of footballers who were outplayed by the 9 outfield players Bayern Munich had on the pitch for most of the game.

The Champions League is a knock out competition and anyone can win it.

But I still cannot see past Bayern Munich and Real Madrid playing out the final, with the proviso that Chelsea have a good chance of causing an upset. Before their 5-0 win at Schalke tonight, Chelsea were best price 6/1 to win the Champions League. That price was too big. Jose Mourinho knows what he is doing and he has a squad capable of winning the competition, if the most important players stay fit.

Despite their late and sloppy errors on display in Manchester tonight, I still fancy Bayern Munich to come out on top next May. It’s a marginal call as Real Madrid and Chelsea have the firepower required to win a big final.

But Manchester City? I can’t see it somehow. They were lucky on Tuesday night. With five minutes to go their Champions League campaign was all but over.

But then a lack of concentration by two Bayern players gifted them two goals. Just as well the presents were delivered to one of the deadliest strikers in the game.

Where would Manchester City be without Sergio Aguero?

Out of the Champions League.


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