A lot of City fans will be breathing a sigh of relief after today's result, a win was important leading into the new season.
We started off well today and had a lot of the ball, if we didn't score it looked like we were going to pass them to death at one point, luckily Gareth Barry scored from inside the box to finally turn our possession into a goal. The lead was short lived when former City striker Chris Killen latched onto a Georgios Samaras pass to make it 1-1. City came out for the second half looking up for it and with six minutes of the half gone we were back in the lead, Craig Bellamy doing really well to finish and make it 2-1.
There were several positives to take out of the game ahead of the new season, most notably Gareth Barry's performance. He was brilliant, he hardly does anything wrong and always looks so cool under pressure, himself and De Jong also have a very good understanding with each other. If one of them made a tackle the other was there to mop up the loose ball, it was very good to watch.
Another good performance worth a mention came from Craig Bellamy, he looked really sharp and caused several problems for the Celtic defence, Hughes is going to have a big dilemma on his hands when picking his forward line for the game against Blackburn.
If there was a disappointment today it would have to have been Wright-Phillips, he just does not look his usual self. It isn't just one or even two parts of his game that are lacking, he is basically lacking in every area of his game. After seeing Weiss come on for a short while and impress again, I would suggest SWP will have to pull his socks up because Weiss will definitely take his place if he doesn't.
To finish off I have to mention Tevez, he only came on for twenty five minutes but he looked really good in that short space of time. Obviously his work rate is very good as we all know but he also has a lot of class about him, more than I thought if I am honest. He could be a huge part of our season.
Manchester City: Given, Zabaleta, Dunne (c), Toure (Ben-Haim 18), Bridge, De Jong (Adebayor 46), Barry, Ireland, Wright-Phillips (Weiss 72), Robinho (Petrov 72), Bellamy (Tevez 65).
Taylor, Richards, Garrido, Etuhu, Vidal, McGivern.