Man City: With Away Form Improving, Jovetic & Nastasic Back Soon, Pellegrini Has It Made
Manchester City are in blistering form right now leaving teams in their wake both home and away. Their incredible strikeforce and the outstanding form of Yaya Toure and Fernandinho means few teams can match them anywhere across the field. 79 goals in 26 matches this season ranks them as the highest scoring team in Europe, above Barcelona and even Bayern Munich.
A rich vein of form has meant City reach the end of December with 6 wins out of 7, leaving them in pole position to pounce on any possible slip ups from Chelsea and Arsenal - particularly with the two playing each other on Monday. Manchester City now face one last tough test for a while at home to Liverpool and winning there would most likely put them top of the league.
What will fear title rivals the most though is the massive reversal in City's early horrific away form after they picked up a possible 12 points out of 15 on the road in December. Pellegrini and his men have gone to tough grounds like West Brom, West Ham and Bayern Munich and left with maximum points, places they could've easily slipped up. With City being absolutely stunning at home, it appears maintaining their recent, sparkling away form will be key in the title race.
It's also interesting to note the effect the defeat had at Sunderland. 16 points out of a possible 18 coupled with a place in the League Cup semi-final later makes it easy to conclude that the team have finally clicked. Manuel Pellegrini has reacted wonderfully well to that heart-breaking defeat and has finally figured out how to play teams away while grinding out results in a notoriously difficult league.
Much to the delight of City fans, Zabaleta, Jovetic and Nastasic should soon arrive back from injury and help maintain the momentum City have gathered and carry it throughout the new year. Matija Nastasic has been sorely missed in defence while Stevan Jovetic will prove an exciting option with Aguero out for a month.
Five months into the Pellegrini era and with a Champions League tie with Barcelona over the horizon, things are starting to look very, very bright for the blue half of Manchester.
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