By Kevin Koczwara
Manchester City just keeps rolling on. And their Premier League competition just keep getting flattened in the steam roller’s wake.
West Ham United was City’s newest victim, falling 3-1 today in an up-and-down match that saw 35 shots taken (15 on net, 10 by City and 5 by West Ham), 35 fouls (18 on City and 17 by West Ham) and pretty even possession. But this was most certainly City’s match to lose, they have lost once in the Premier League (the Manchester derby to United), and have pummeled the other competition.
On the other end of the Premier League table is West Ham. The Hammers had won only once in their first five league matches (week 1 they beat Wolverhampton). They have taken 4 points total and are struggling to get their footing this season. Recently, they suffered a 3-1 defeat to the offensively-inept Bolton.
So, they were surely in trouble going into this weekend, and the last team they would have liked to have faced was the surging City. But, despite the scoreline, West Ham held their own, and have a potent attack themselves. Carlton Cole is a good striker with the intangibles that are needed in the Premier League, he just hasn’t got the breaks or chances to really let his talents be known. The time will come for him to display his raw power.
As for City, they did what they do best: attack. Carlos Tevez put two away in front of the home crowd. Martin Petrov chipped in some skill in the midfield, due to the late scratch of Stephen Ireland because of illness (if he had played my fantasy team would have made the ultimate jump, like if LeBron James joined my team). Petrov also let Mark Hughes see why he has been asking for more playing time– he has fantastic skill.
But the story really is the amount of attacking power City have at their disposal.
City seem to have unlimited attacking resources. It is insane to think that a team in the Premier League would have a player of Roque Santa-Cruz on the bench, but City have have that luxury–the question is how long he will be willing to play the 5th option on a team.
As for West Ham, they need to pick-up the pieces next week with struggling Fulham (who are stretching their squad thin with all the competitions they are playing in). The game will be on ESPN2 on Sunday, it is another chance to see the Hammers on High-Def and will definitely be a game to watch. Both teams needs the win to get on their winning ways and move out of the relegation zone.
Manchester City get to play the talented and ever dangerous Aston Villa on Monday. It should be an up-and-down game, with wide-players Ashely Young doe Villa competing against Manchester City’s Shaun Wright-Phillips. That is a match-up to watch (if of course they play on the same side).
Fernando Torres Keeps Scoring
Is there a better striker in The Premier League right now? I don’t think so. Torres is on a tear. He is a scoring machine that isn’t even in top-shape yet. That is a scary thought seeing as he just put in three more goals this weekend, bringing him to eight so far this year.
Next weekend Torres will have a chance to prove that he is the very best against the always stingy Chelsea. If he can put a few in against the Blues he will establish himself as maybe the best in the world, or at least place him in the same category as Lionel Messi and Ronaldo. If you missed his three goals from the weekend check out the highlights from the Hull City vs Liverpool.
Steven Gerrard’s Latest Commercial
Steven Gerrard is the newest addition to Zidane‘s ultimate team. The commercial is for a pair of Adidas cleats and in comic book format, but one of the best commercials I have seen endorsing a shoe. Take a look and let me know.
Kevin Koczwara can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out his other blog, Feel Da Beat.