Manchester City put on a five-star display against AC Milan on Sunday night – here are five things we learned from the game.
1. Jovetic has potential to be world class
We knew Stevan Jovetic was looking sharp, but his form is absolutely sparkling for this stage of a season. His second goal was sublime, deft control and a calm finish that only a top bracket player could have executed. If he can stay fit, City’s chances in Europe would get a great boost, as he has the X-factor that can unlock top defences. His movement is superb and his quick silver change of direction makes opposition players look sluggish.
2. Cllichy encouragement
By his own high standards Gael Clichy was average last season. His usually metronomic reliability was missing in 2013/14 and thankfully Aleks Kolarov played well enough to take up the slack. After a summer off, Clichy looked refreshed and full of running as a right back against AC Milan. If he can get back to his best City will have a much more solid look about them.
3. Caballero pressure
New goalkeeper Willy Caballero provided more evidence of what he will bring to the squad and Joe Hart will have watched on with interest. The Argentinian made a couple of fine stops, including one to deny Mbaye Niang when one-on-one. From the early signs it wouldn’t be a huge risk to play him in big games.
4. Sinclair future
The former Swansea man gave everyone a reminder of just what he can do with his superbly taken goal. If Sergio Aguero had have scored it, everyone would have been waxing lyrical so it is only right to give the English winger credit. He has had a nightmare 18 months with first his blood clot and then injury while on loan at West Brom. His future at the club is by no means secure given the fierce midfield competition but there is a good player there waiting to show himself.
5. Navas showing glimpses of form
The Spaniard was inconsistent last season but he is showing signs of the form that persuaded City to pay Sevilla £15m for him. He raced through Milan’s defence on a couple of occasions, set up Jovetic’s first goal with a shrewd pass and scored himself, albeit via a big deflection. Pellegrini will be hoping for more of the same.