Manchester City maintained their 100 per cent start to the campaign with their second win over Swansea within three days.
The Citizens started off on the front foot and opened the scoring within the initial 10 minutes when Sergio Aguero took a brilliant first touch off a Bacary Sagna cross, before powerfully finishing past Lukasz Fabianski. The Swans fought back and managed to salvage a quick equaliser thanks to Fernando Llorente’s first goal in English football.
Swansea might have looked to hold out for a point, but were denied that when Aguero added his second from the penalty spot. Raheem Sterling then wrapped up the result with a smart finish, following a lightning quick counter-attack by City.
Another three points meant that Pep Guardiola’s team will sit clear at the top of the league for another week.
Aguero wastes no time on Premier League return
After missing the last three domestic games, it took Aguero less than 10 minutes to get back on the scoresheet. His last appearance for the Citizens came in the Champions League against Borussia Monchengladbach, a game in which he netted his second hat-trick of the season.
The Argentine added his and City’s second to take his goal tally to 11 goals in only six games that he has featured in. The 28-year-old has been in fantastic form throughout 2016 and City will want him to keep up this scoring record in the upcoming weeks.
Brave Swans unlucky to lose
After managing to take two points off Chelsea during their previous home game in the league, Francesco Guidolin’s side would have felt that they could have held Manchester City when the scores were level at 1-1.
An unnecessary penalty conceded by Mike van Der Hoon for a challenge on Kevin De Bruyne allowed City to take the lead for the second time, while Leon Britton’s error was responsible for Sterling’s goal on the counter. The Sky Blues did not look too comfortable before scoring their second, which will leave Guidolin reminiscing on what could have been. The Welsh outfit are yet to win at home this season and have failed to win any of their last five matches in the league.
Defensive woes for City
Despite their excellent attacking play, Man City have had their fair share of troubles in defence this season. The Sky Blues have only kept one clean sheet in the Premier League so far, which came in last week’s home win against Bournemouth.
Guardiola will be concerned by even the slightest of frailties and will want to ensure that he works his team hard to prevent any more leaks at the back. Yet another injury to Vincent Kompany has not helped the manager and has left the City skipper frustrated on the sidelines.
The Sky Blues will know that if the leaky defence is not improved, it is more than likely that they will be made to pay some day against a more clinical team.