Ever since dropping a 4-2 decision to some red team, Manchester City have played the way many expected them to this season. Manuel Pellegrini's side has responded to doubts about their Champions League place and doubts about who their manager will be next season by winning five straight matches, averaging over three goals per game during that period. Today, City dispatched of Swansea 4-2, and kept their positive run of form going. So what did we learn from the match?
1. Second place is all but secured
With today's win and the draw between Arsenal and United, City need just one point at home against Southampton next Sunday to secure second place, while Arsenal needs to win two matches this week and hope City lose to the Saints to secure the runner up spot.
While second place wasn't the outcome to the season that City were hoping for going in, it's kind of amazing that they were able to finish so high in the table given that they went about four months without leading a match at halftime in a season where Financial Fair Play restrictions largely stopped the team from improving where they needed to. Next year, those financial limitations won't be there to cripple City, which will be nice.
2. Toure and Milner are shining, but for who?
Three of City's four goals in this match came from Yaya Toure and James Milner, both of whom are already being linked to other clubs. While it was nice to see them score and help City win, obviously, one couldn't help but wonder who those goals were meant to impress going forward, and whether or not City should try to keep both players heading into next year. And with both men being linked to Premier League competitors, the price of letting them walk could be more than whatever the transfer fees end up amounting to.
3. Joe Hart is pretty good
Wow. While much maligned at times this season, Hart's saves helped keep City in position to win today, for which he deserves massive credit.
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