My, we won away from home. Again! After the shock had subsided and some reflection had taken place, I think the honest among us would say that City were pretty good value for their three points.
Were there moments when the defense was breached, the players panicked? Of course, we are after all playing in the CL, away from home and in tough conditions. A football game is very rarely a one sided affair in which one team has total control for the full ~95 minutes, there will be spells in a game where things seem to be going very wrong; a player makes mistakes; the manager should change it etc.
Those bad spells tend to be short and all too fleeting in Man City's case. Man City are a 'control' team who dominate, in terms of possession, shots and territory, most games they feature in. The CSKA fixture was no different.
In-Game Shots Count
The shots count was never really close: Man City were the superior team with a constant stream of shots in the first half giving way to to bunches of shots and then periods of non-activity in the second half.
At the 74 minute mark, CSKA had just 4 shots to their name. City weathered the late rally (thanks, Joe!) and came away with a deserved win.
Info from WhoScored.com. It's a rough copy of their very accurate data.
Most of Man City's fixtures look like this: Two players on the right, only the attacking full-back on the left side as his partner - Silva/Nasri - has usually wandered in-field.
- Man City created 44% of their attacks into the opposition half down the right flank with Zabaleta and Navas.
- CSKA created 40% of their attacks into City's half down our own left side, patrolled only by Kolarov.