Bluebirds blown away
Manchester City bounced back from their mid-week Champions League defeat to comfortably dispatch Cardiff 5-0 in a clinical display at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Man City dominated proceedings early on and the ball was whizzing about on the slick playing surface. Sergio Aguero was looking lively, and Bernardo Silva skied his effort from Aguero’s pass; Sterling was guilty of something similar after another pass from Aguero.
Ilkay Gundogan had the first big chance but wasted a gilt-edged opportunity as he ballooned his shot over the crossbar. But Aguero compensated for it, scoring a few minutes later from Silva’s pass. The striker celebrated his 300th appearance for the club and Man City were purring.
Silva scored from a clever looping header, one which was perhaps was not meant as an effort on goal. But the best moment of the half was yet to come. Gundogan combined well with Raheem Sterling and curled an exquisite strike past Neil Etheridge to essentially wrap the game up.
The second half began on a sour note for Cardiff as Lee Peltier was stretchered off after a shoulder injury. Leroy Sane and Aguero both had chances to score but failed to capitalise. Riyad Mahrez came on for Aguero on the hour mark, and marked his appearance with a goal; it was a simple tap-in from Gundogan’s pass which was the first Man City goal for the Algerian.
Mahrez scored a delightful second late on to round off an easy win for City. A job well done for Guardiola.
Cardiff are struggling in the top flight
After their six games this season, Cardiff have accumulated just two points, both of which have come by virtue of goalless draws. Simply put, the Bluebirds have struggled to score goals, which has resulted in their lowly league position.
They have scored just three goals, which speaks volumes about their attacking inefficiency. Neil Warnock does not have much creativity in his squad, and he managed in the Championship, but the Premier League is a different proposition altogether. Their defence, which is their strong point, has also been found wanting.
Warnock has to instil changes to alter Cardiff’s league position, which was 20th after their game against City. A loss against the Champions is not an accurate frame of reference, but the problems were definitely highlighted today.
Richards 6 (for Peltier 51 mins)
Zohore 5 (for Ward 63 mins)
Murphy 6 (for Hoilett 75 mins)