Opinion by Pol Gustems, from Manchester
Manchester City, that will face Barça on Wednesday at Champions League, are a team with injured pride that hit rock bottom at the home competition. The dream to repeat the crown at Premier League has almost faded away. If before the first-leg match the feeling gave Pellegrini's team was finding their identity, this team they arrive lost and confused. They don't know where to take the way to return to the success path.
A miracle at Camp Nou, previous-match improbable, is the only way for Pellegrini to use the right way the word progress
The performance of this Friday at Turf Moor against Burnley wasn't enough. Even though Pellegrini wanted to say it was a "normal performance," saying that perfectly was enough to win, reality is that citizens are used to play too much incomplete afternoons. With some retouching and a year of experience, the technical project of the Chilean didn't improve as expected. Actually, this season repeated season after season discrete performances, counting with the fingers of one hand the matches where they weren't really convincing. A miracle at Camp Nou, previous-match improbable, is the only way for Pellegrini to use the right way the word progress.
What is most worrying of the English team is that none of their stars are living their the best moment. Yaya Touré missed the first-leg Champions match, he is too slow and he doesn't give enough energy.
Yaya Touré missed the first-leg Champions match, he is too slow and he doesn't give enough energy
Vincent Kompany, yesterday one of the best midfielders in Europe, is in a defensive mistake spiral with no end. And Kun Agüero, the most different of all, is apparently sad because after the injury he doesn't know how to find his best version.
Hit and almost sunk, using almost only as a cover, City that will come to Camp Nou are not the dreadful rival that they could have been. Though sure they will try to achieve a miracle. Rarely, City players didn't play a bigger match. Weaker, yes, but not harmless.