Samir Nasri glowed in exuberance as Manchester City demolished their city rivals in a one-sided affair last night
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Man City 4-1 Man United
There was no need to beat around the bush. Manchester City ripped United apart at the Etihad Stadium last night as Manuel Pellegrini claimed one over David Moyes as well. The Red Devils struggled for creativity, looked shoddy in defence and never really got into their strides. If anything, it only convinced more people that they are a level down without Robin van Persie in their side.
But pivotal to City's imperious performance was Samir Nasri, who for the amount of criticism that has been hurdled at him all these while, played brilliantly to inspire the Citizens to a derby victory. He was top notch when it came to his touches, combined well with Alexandar Kolarov as well.
From the offset, it was obvious that City were going for a very slick style of play, keeping it simple with short passes and patient build up play. Aguero dropped down to assist play, but Nasri himself was industrious on the left flank as he portrayed tremendous vision, often playing in cheeky passes to Aguero and Negredo inside the box.
There is also the idea that Nasri was allowed to thrive by Antonio Valencia, who never really tracked back to defend, but due credit must be given to Nasri for his decision making as well. Previously, the Frenchman has been constantly criticised for taking a tad too many touches, but last night, Nasri made the right moves at the right time.
Then came the goal in the second half, which was equally terrific as well. Jesus Navas sprinted down the flanks before crossing in for the Frenchman. Nasri made no mistakes by firing a volley into the back of the net to score City's fourth goal. It summed up a performance that brought back memories of the incredible Nasri we used to see in Arsenal; the one that ultimately got clubs side City and United to want him.
Yes, City were the superior side by far. But Nasri's willingness to cut in and drop down, allowed Kolarov to push upfront and evade his marker to put in balls into the box. He did his job for the team, and at the same time, Nasri glowed on his own as well. And if he continued performing like this, there will be no limits to what City can accomplish.