City put in another impressive performance tonight and were more than worthy winners against Aalborg Bk at Eastlands.
City were great again tonight and were worth more than a two nil win, we had a glow of confidence about us and when we are all out attacking I'm not sure there is a better team to watch at the moment.
We started brightly tonight and right from the first whistle Aalborg had no answer for our attacking threat. Our early pressure was rewarded with a goal on eight minutes, Felipe Caicedo muscled the defender before turning and putting the ball in the back of the net. City continued to put the pressure on and deservedly doubled the advantage on the thirty minute mark, Shaun Wright-Phillips unleashing a superb shot from around 22 yards to beat Zaza in the Aalborg goal.
There was many more chances we should have put away tonight, most notably SWP putting wide when it looked easier to score. We also should have had a penalty tonight, Robinho was fouled after he baffled the defender with his trademark step overs, a poor decision by the referee meant the penalty was not given.
I was more than happy with the way we played tonight and overjoyed with the result. Shaun Wright-Phillips, Robinho and Stephen Ireland are absolutely brilliant to watch when on song, they created countless problems for Aalborg throughout. They were by no means the only reason we won tonight though, our defencive unit was very good again and the Dunne and Onuoha partnership continues to grow. In the midfield I thought Elano had a poor first half and didn't contribute much, in the second half he stepped his game up a lot and worked really hard. As for Zabaleta he will surely be getting that phone call from Maradona he wants sooner rather than later, as he continues to impress in both defence and midfield for City.
Only thing I was really disappointed with tonight was the attendance, 24,596 for the last 16 of European competition is a disgrace. There always seems to be thousands upon thousands moaning about wanting us to play in Europe and then when it comes they don't turn up. It is their loss and I hope they continue to stay away from the ticket office if we get in the final, so that the tickets are there for the fans that make an effort to go and support the team, our real fans.