LAKY at the back, unconvincing in midfifififififififield, and lacking threat in front of goal … and yet City picked up another three points!
When a team leading the league wins a game like this, as Chelsea have done several times recently, we get told that this is what champions do – grind out results when they have not played well.
But at the moment the result is not quite enough for City – their fans are seeking reassurance, wanting to know that their title- winning team of last season is not crumbling into dust, and needs only reinforcement rather than re- building this summer.
ThThThThThThThThThThThThThThThThey drew little comfort from this victory, secured through a goalkeeping howler from Brad Guzan to present Sergio Aguero with an easy opener, from Aleks Kolarov’s precision free- kick and Fernandinho’s late acrobatics.
ThThThThThThThThe fact that Villa – no great shakes despite their fightback and FA Cup fififififififififinal place – were