By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Away Games
Manchester City opened their league campaign with an impressive 4-0 dismantling of Swansea in a game that saw Sergio Aguero well and truly announce his arrival.
Micah lined up on the right-side of City’s defence, whilst Aguero was named among the substitutes. Swansea began the game brightly, belying their Premier League inexperience as they passed the ball round the better of the two sides and at one stage enjoying 66% of possession.
Much of Micah’s early work was done in defence as he contained the lightning-quick threat of Scott Sinclair, and it wasn’t until 24 minutes in that City tested Michael Borm in Swansea’s goal – David Silva curling a shot through a glut of players only for the stopper to parry well.
The Spain international then went even closer as he latched on to Adam Johnson’s cut-back and guided the ball on to the crossbar, whilst Yaya Toure powered form midfield and struck a venomous shot that was turned behind by Vorm.
City were increasingly dominant in possession and after a charge and lay-off by Micah, Toure struck a shot high and wide, whilst fine footwork from Edin Dzeko set him clean through, only for Vorm again to match up to the effort and dive in to make the block.
The keeper was finally beaten by a shot – only for the effort to again rebound off the woodwork, this time from Gareth Barry’s well-struck effort from the edge of the box.
The City fans will have worried that tonight wouldn’t be there night, but they didn’t have to wait long for the deadlock to finally be broken in the second half.
Silva fed Adam Johnson on the right of Swansea’s box, and the England midfielder unleashed a shot the Vorm parried only for Dzeko to quickly adjust his feet and tap home to make it 1-0.
The cheers continued as the moment many a fan had waited for came in the immediate aftermath of the goal, with Sergio Aguero coming on for the tireless Nigel De Jong.
And the Argentina international could have scored with his first touch as he collected Toure’s pass and hit a shot on the turn, only for another fine Vorm save to deny him, whilst the stopper got down low to make a double stop as Toure followed up.
However, City weren’t to be denied a second for much longer and the debutant made his impact felt straight away. A burst down the right saw Micah collect the ball and play an inch perfect cross to the back-post, with Aguero on hand to tap it home and make it 2-0.
As if that wasn’t enough, the new-boy further cemented his instant fan favourite status as he went beyond the Swansea goalkeeper with a deft flick, kept the ball in play with a tremendous cut back and set Silva up for a simple finish to make it 3-0.
Toure was once again denied by a fine stop on the line by Vorm as the game threatened to turn into a whitewash, but there was still time for one more for the hosts, and it was to be Aguero again.
The diminutive forward picked the ball up 25-yards out and, with just a glance at his target, smashed the ball into the back of the net to grab his second and City’s fourth.
It was an impressive opening league outing by Roberto Mancini’s men, and the collective performance – as well as the introduction of Aguero – will send shockwaves throughout the Premier League.
Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Toure Yaya, De Jong, Barry, Silva, Dzeko, Johnson. Subs: Taylor, Zabaleta, Milner, Kolarov, Savic, Aguero, Balotelli.
Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Tate, Britton, Dobbie, Agustien, Dyer, Graham, Sinclair. Subs: Moreira, Orlandi, Routledge, Lita, Moore, Allen, Gower.