It was an up and down day for City. On one hand, they earned a nice away win over Tottenham, putting them alone in second place in the table for now. On the other, their title defense came to an end with Chelsea clinching this year's Premier League crown with a win over Crystal Palace. Here's what we've learned after another three point day for City.
1. Not winning the title is awful
While this is an obvious statement to make, Chelsea securing the Premier League today made sure that virtually no attention was paid to the City match that followed on the American television broadcast. Whether or not that was the case across the pond, I can't say for sure, but the league being decided today ruined what is normally a nice lead up to a match on NBCSN, as they dedicated their time to interviews with just about every key Chelsea figure. This was understandable, but missing out on analysis from the experts on City and Spurs before the match made an already unpleasant situation just that much more so.
2. Sergio Aguero belongs in the Team of the Year
This guy. Whenever City has needed him during his time in Manchester, he's been there with highlight reel goals in vast quantity, like today's laser to beat Hugo Lloris. He's going to be the league's top scorer this year, and is undoubtedly the best striker in England. And if Aguero isn't worthy of being in the Premier League's Team of the Year, nobody is, and the distinction shouldn't exist.
3. Five defenders got the job done late
When Manuel Pellegrini decided to put Dedryck Boyata into the match towards the end to replace Aguero, you'd be a liar if you said you weren't worried about Boyata making one of the mistakes that has come to characterize his City career. But, after City afforded Spurs some chances throughout the match with four at the back, adding a fifth helped to stabilize things and helped the team close things out, with a rare clean sheet no less! City even managed to avoid allowing Emmanuel Adebayor to score as a late sub, which would have set up a redux of one of the best goal celebrations in City history.
City now sit alone in second place, but Arsenal have two games in hand thanks to their run in the FA Cup. But with Arsene Wenger's proclivity toward finishing in fourth place, maybe some dropped points are in the Gunners' future.
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