5 Things We Learned From Roma 2-2 Manchester City (City win 5-4 On Penalties)


Raheem Sterling Could Be Unstoppable Through The Middle With Sergio Aguero 

No sooner had the Vines of him falling over with his first Manchester City touch been searched for, copied, pasted and tweeted out by the masses, Raheem Sterling was racing onto Kelechi Iheanacho’s through ball and creating a different type of buzz.

The goal was a reminder of the 20-year-old’s raw pace and the reasons why potential costs so much in the modern game, and whilst he would sometimes labour when played as a central striker by Liverpool last season, the thought of him in a 4-4-2 with Sergio Aguero is somewhat frightening for the rest of the division.

Manuel Pellegrini surely sees him as a roving attacking threat capable of playing in any position in a front three or through the middle in a two, and it is that versatility which hints at why City were so keen to part with so much money for him, and why he might prove a shrewd investment in the long run.

 

Miralem Pjanic Loves A Pre-Season Blockbuster

 A year on from a remarkable strike from his own half against Manchester United in America, here was the Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic with another example of his quality from range during pre-season.

Alright, it was a bit closer in this time, but it was another reason why the 25-year-old is one of the most respected technicians in Serie A.

The MCG hasn’t seen a hit like it since Adam Gilchrist was in his prime.

 

Kelechi Iheanacho Could Make A Mark For City This Season

As the likes of Sterling, Fabian Delph and Patrick Roberts join City in their huge splurge for homegrown talent, the Nigerian teenager Iheanacho could be another new face we see more of.

The 18-year-old was involved in City’s pre-season plans last summer, but as the club desperately seek younger talent he looks set for a more prominent role this time, with his well-taken goal an example of his composure.

 

Ashley Cole’s Downward Spiral Continues

One thing which was impossible to ignore from that Iheanacho goal was Ashley Cole’s awful backpass after coming on at half-time.

The Englishman’s debut campaign at Roma turned a little sour at the back end of last season as he struggled to command a place in the team, and it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise if he was on the move again shortly.

Does the MLS beckon?

 

Joe Hart Should Take City’s Penalties

He saved two, but the real highlight of Joe Hart’s penalty shootout was his fantastic strike into the top corner of the net when he needed to score City’s fifth kick.

Aguero and Yaya Toure are pretty good at taking them, but do they have a rival in the new campaign?

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