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Richards injured as Manchester City just beat Swansea

Posted on October 27, 2012 by Admin

Roberto Mancini started the game with a standard flat back four for Manchester City, Nastasic alongside Kompany in the middle, Richards on the right and Clichy on the left. Tevez and Aguero were the two strikers but they interchanged which was the furthest forward while the other dropped deeper.

City started okay but not brilliantly and Swansea gained in confidence and began to enjoy their passing game. Swanse came close to opening the scoring but were denied by a fantastic challenge from Richards on Michu after 20 minutes. The atmosphere was as lacklustre as the football and we needed some more passion from the players.

City seemed to be suffering a Champions League hangover, with Nasri and Kolarov struggling to make any impression down the flanks and Toure looking jaded in the middle. It took until the 38th minute for Tevez to force a decent save from Swansea’s keeper Vorm. Michu had already had the ball in the net but was offside and Joe Hart had to rush out of his goal to stop him from scoring before half time.

Michael Laudrup would have been much happier than Mancini at the break. The City boss needed to get his team going or risk another poor result and the chance to put pressure on Chelsea and Manchester United. City could really do with the creative skills of the injured David Silva, but Mancini replaced Kolarov with Balotelli at half time to give City more threat.

The players responded to whatever Mancini had said and the chances started to come. Better movement and a higher tempo meant that Swansea got deeper and deeper in their own half, but would have taken the lead through Michu in the 59th minute if it wasn’t for a good save from Hart. City were ahead a minute later after a long range strike from Tevez, his first goal in eight games. Vorm was injured trying to save it and was stretchered off.

Swansea were creating chances and you could sense nerves in the City defence, which was made worse with a strange knee injury to Richards. Kolo Toure was brought on as a makeshift right back as Zabaleta and Maicon are already out. Dzeko had been warming up but Mancini kept his powder dry, probably fearing another injury as we have had no luck this season.

Because of the two long stoppages, there was 12 minutes of extra time. When Lescott replaced Aguero in the 96th minute, it meant that City had four centre backs on the pitch as Mancini was determined not to concede. City are now second in the Premier League and would love Chelsea and United to draw tomorrow.

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