Although the 2014/15 season did not end in success for Manchester City, there were a plethora of memorable moments over the course of the campaign.
Many of these moments came in the form of goals, and much like the 2013/14 double-winning campaign, they were of a high standard. Here are my picks for the best goals from 2014/15.
Stevan Jovetic vs Liverpool (H)
One of the earlier goals of the campaign, Stevan Jovetic took centre stage against Liverpool – bagging a brace in a comfortable victory over last season’s title rivals. Jovetic’s second is the one I liked a lot.
He drifted in between the lines seamlessly and delicately flicked on a precise pass from Silva, which was then collected by Samir Nasri. City’s no.8 fed the ball back into the path of Jovetic, who swept home. A wonderfully crafted goal, one which totally carved out the Liverpool backline.
One of Jovetic’s City highlights.
Fernandinho vs Burnley (H)
Fernandinho’s strike against Burnley was also one I particularly enjoyed. The game is largely one which City fans wish to erase from the memory, having seen their side drop a comfortable two-goal lead at half-time to then draw 2-2 with the Clarets.
But the quality of this goal should not be overlooked. Nasri teed-up Fernandinho on the edge of the area and the Brazilian did the rest.
He had already scored an absolute peach of a strike against Arsenal in the 6-3 rout last season, and though this one was done through a similar technique, it trumps it quite comfortably in my view.
After shifting the ball onto his right, he let fly with the most beautiful curling strike – cannoning off the crossbar and into the back of the net. In some senses, a perfect goal and one which deserves its place on the shortlist.
James Milner vs Hull (H)
It seems highly likely that James Milner will not at Manchester City next season, but irrespective of what happens this summer, he has been a great servant to the club and has provided his fair share of great goals.
I would rank his goal against Hull at home right up there. City were at their very poorest, managing nothing more than an utterly dire performance against a Hull side who would go on to be relegated on the final day.
City were a goal down with minutes to spare but Milner’s introduction brought more energy and urgency in City’s play.
Though it is not a regular occurrence to see him set up for free-kicks, Milner planted in a superb free-kick to grab a point for City in added time. Hull keeper Alan McGregor was well and truly beaten.
Edin Dzeko vs Hull (A)
In the reverse fixture at the KC Stadium earlier in the season, Edin Dzeko served up a cracker of his own against the Tigers.
Dzeko, as we know, has a reputation as a ‘fox in the box’ or a ‘six yard box player’ but in this game he demonstrated that he can be just as deadly from anywhere.
The Bosnian cut in from the left and produced the most devastating hit to put City ahead at Hull.
As mentioned, it is not the sort of goal we would normally associate with someone of Dzeko’s ilk but that made it all the more special.
A collector’s item.
The final six:
Silva vs QPR (H)
Everyone loves a good team goal and looking at the ones we’ve chipped in with this season, this one is the standout.
City had blitzed QPR with relative ease and were playing with a swagger and a freedom.
That all culminated in a truly phenomenal team goal for the sixth and final goal.
Aguero darted down the left and picked out his strike partner Wilfried Bony. The Ivorian held up the ball with his powerful frame but had the skill and technique to locate the run of David Silva and deliver a beautiful back-heel touch for the Spaniard to latch onto.
Silva did the rest, rounding Rob Green and slotting home. It really was a breathtaking piece of play and one which you could quite happily watch over and over again.
Samir Nasri vs Roma (A)
This was the game where City really turned it on in Europe, delivering their most impressive and complete performance in their run as a Champions League outfit.
And central to that display was Samir Nasri, who was instrumental in City ending their hoodoo of not managing a win on Italian soil.
In the absence of the diminutive David Silva, former Arsenal man Nasri really stepped up to the plate and capped off a brilliant night’s work with the goal that City fans had been eagerly anticipating in the 60th minute.
The decoy run from James Milner granted the Frenchman that extra yard of space and he made it count – unleashing an unstoppable effort which kissed the post on its way in.
Zabaleta added a second with minutes remaining but this fine goal was equally as enjoyable.
Sergio Aguero vs Sunderland (A)
Quite frankly, Aguero could have his own goal of the season competition, having lit up what was a fairly dull season for the Blues.
Some of his goals have just been out of this world and the variation of them has been mightily impressive.
One of the favourites from the campaign is his outstanding goal against Sunderland at the Stadium Light; a place where City had seemingly never been able to win at post-takeover.
Aguero inspired City to a thrilling 4-1 win and watching his first goal was a joy to behold.
Picking up the ball outside the box, he burst into life, completely annihilating Sebastian Coates, who attempted to nick the ball away from him. Aguero’s deft nutmeg was followed up by an outstandingly powerful strike which stunned Pantilimon in the Black Cats goal.
It goes down in the ‘vintage Aguero’ category.
Sergio Aguero vs QPR (A)
‘Kun’ makes the list again and this is the one I would consider to be the best goal he was served up this season.
Latching on to a long pass from Mangala and then changing direction almost indescribably, somehow Aguero weaved his way through a couple of QPR challenges before slotting home. There was a slight bit of luck as the ball did strike his hand but the way he shifted the ball around so quickly, yet maintained such control in his movements was just incredible.
A near-perfect goal which could be replayed constantly without getting bored.
He will be forever remembered for another goal against QPR in different circumstances, but this one should sit nicely in Aguero’s best City goals.
David Silva vs West Ham
Another solo goal, this time from the magical David Silva.
Before this goal went in, City had been embarrassed by West Ham and were 2-0 down. Their performance was unbelievably below par and their invention just wasn’t there.
Yet special players are capable of doing special things on a football pitch, and from absolutely nothing David Silva handed City a lifeline.
The Spaniard moved infield from the right, before jinking in between a series of West Ham challenges. Staggeringly, he evaded a couple of challenges, boasting immense balance and dribbling ability.
He wasn’t finished their though, bending in a gorgeous effort into the far corner.
A gem of goal from a genius of a player. Up there with Kinkladze’s against Southampton in terms of best City solo goals, for me.
Yaya Toure vs Sunderland (H)
Whilst there were a considerable amount of impressive strikes in 2014/15, I maintain that none compare to the one that Yaya Toure came up with in the January meeting between City and Sunderland.
City had probed for nearly an hour but couldn’t break a stern Sunderland defence.
That was until Yaya Toure took charge and executed another blistering long-range effort, adding to his collection.
Yaya took no hesitation when Jovetic handed him the ball, hammering home ferociously with a real ‘net-bulger. The power generated was unparalled and it is only a player like Toure who would be capable of scoring a goal like that – out of nowhere. He just loves scoring great goals and this is my pick for the 2014/15 goal of the season.
So there we have it then. Are there any we have missed out?
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