Well that was a heck of a weekend, and with another game still to come, it could get even better for the blues depending on the result tonight. So what was said after the match and what has been the reaction today? Let’s take a look at some of the stories gracing our screens and newspapers.
Manager Pep Guardiola hot back at Jose Mourinho’s jibe about not being able to buy class by agreeing with the United boss. In fairness, City don’t have to buy it, it must come naturally. Pep also hit back at Mourinho’s claims that the All or Nothing documentary was disrespectful. “I think we lived an amazing season with cameras. We did it for ourselves, it is Jose’s opinion,” Guardiola explained. “I don’t agree with Jose in terms of disrespectful. This was not our intention - it was filming last season. It is a club trying to grow, trying to win titles. We did it for ourselves and our fans to see what happens inside the locker room.”
City and United dominate the back pages of the newspapers. The Mirror describes the blues as class, while the Daily Express go with the headline Class Apart, both making a clear dig at Mourinho’s comments about his dismay at City’s documentary. You can read Bitter and Blue’s report on All or Nothing here.
The BBC state City look dangerous and asked the question could anyone stop them. In the past, us blues fans have been accused of getting carried away if we win all our matches in August. In fact, I recall winning the first three matches of the 1991/92 season and we did get a little carried away on the Kippax. As you can imagine, we were soon brought back down to earth, so I think it’s a little too early to be thinking the title is remaining at the Etihad.
The BBC have also identified a record that will be considerably difficult to break. The 6-1 win over Huddersfield saw the blues make 32 attempts on goal, which is an average of around one shot every three minutes. However it still doesn’t beat a certain match played against QPR in 2012, when the blues had 44 attempts at the visitors goal, which is an average of a shot every two minutes.
Continuing with a stats theme, City’s 6-1 win over Huddersfield is the blues biggest win in the first home game of the season since Newcastle were beaten 4-0 in 2013. However, on 26th August 1965 the blues thumped Leyton Orient 6-0 at Maine Road in the first home match of the season. It is also the first time since August 1954 that seven goals were scored in the first home match. On that occasion, Sheffield United were beaten 5-2 at Maine Road, which made up for the 5-0 drubbing Preston had dished out to the blues on the opening day!
It was also the first time the blues had scored past Huddersfield in a league match since 7th November 1987. On that occasion, and some of the older Huddersfield fans wouldn’t need reminding, four goals were also scored before half-time, but all went to the blues. City ran riot in the second half with three players, Paul Stewart, Tony Adcock and David White all scoring hat-tricks, but who was the other goalscorer that day for the blues? And which former blue scored Huddersfield’s consolation? Answers on a postcard please...or maybe in the comments section.
And what of Sergio Aguero? Well the Argentine is the joint holder of the number number of hat-tricks scored for one club and is only two behind Alan Shearer in the Premier League records. With 204 City goals and no signs of letting up, it could be possible that Aguero would eclipse the former England striker at some point. Keep banging ‘em in Serge!
Benjamin Mendy looks to have calmed his social media presence slightly by only making seven tweets after the match. The wing back claimed another three assists and he looks like he wants to take full advantage of Kevin de Bruyne’s injury to become the new assist king. But he’s going to have a bit of competition in the form of Ederson. The City keeper pulled an incredible assist out of the bag on Sunday, hitting an 80 yard pinpoint pass for Aguero to score the first goal. I know we all loved Joe Hart, but there’s no way the former City man could have pulled that off, and we can now truly see why Pep wanted to sign the Brazilian.
Finally, let’s take a moment away from football and enjoy something special. This has to be the best moment of the entire weekend:
David Silva’s son Mateo was born prematurely and the midfielder was spending a lot of time between England and Spain to be with his son. As everyone would imagine, family comes first and The Magician was absent from some games earlier in the year. But as we can now all see, Mateo is looking well and Silva looked every inch the proud father and will no doubt have dedicated his goal to his young son.