Yesterday I presented the first part of my top 25 Manchester City goals of 2017, ranking the 25th to 11th finest strikes of the calendar year.
Now it’s time for the top ten – the ten very best City goals of 2017!
10. Sané – Manchester City 5-0 Liverpool – 9th September 2017
It’s not often teams put five past Liverpool, but that’s exactly what the Blues did in a rampant performance in early September, sweeping them aside with mesmerising football and stunning goals. The pick of the bunch, however, was undoubtedly Leroy Sané’s second of the afternoon. Checking back to the edge of the box to receive the ball from Walker, Sané turned into space, took his time to set himself up for an ambitious shot, before curling a fantastic looping effort into the far corner from about 25 yards out, leaving Mignolet with absolutely no chance.
9. Aguero – Manchester City 3-1 Hull City – 8th April 2017
A quite sensational team goal in which every single City player touched the ball, the Blues carved open Hull City with this marvellous move. Without the opposition getting anywhere near the ball, City worked the ball up to Sterling, who showed fantastic positivity and pace to burst through the defensive line and into the box, where he managed to pull the ball back for Aguero, who bundled the ball into the almost empty net via a deflection.
8. De Bruyne – Manchester City 2-0 Shakhtar Donetsk – 26th September 2017
His first goal of the 2017/2018 season, Kevin De Bruyne broke the deadlock in magnificent fashion against the hard-working Ukrainian champions in the second round of Champions League group stage fixtures. After good work from David Silva to retain the ball, he squared it to De Bruyne, who took one touch, opened up his body, and curled a beautiful strike into the top corner from the edge of the area.
7. Sané – West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Manchester City – 20th September 2017
We City fans like a good team goal. We seem to be quite good at them, keeping the ball for sustained periods of time, trying to move the opposition about and drag defenders out of shape, before upping the tempo and darting into space to cut through the lines. It’s not often however, that such goals are scored straight from kick off, but when Gabriel Jesus took the centre-kick at the Hawthorns that night, he probably wouldn’t have thought that 52 passes later, it would be 1-0 to City. West Brom hadn’t even touched the ball, unless you count Ben Foster’s parrying of Gundogan’s initial effort, when Leroy Sané half-volleyed the ball into the net. That’s how good this goal was, and how dominant and ruthless City can be when they’re in the mood.
6. Delph – Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace – 23rd September 2017
Now, we all knew that Fabian Delph could hit them with his left, but who knew he was capable of anything like this on his weaker side? With the ball stuck under his feet, the versatile midfielder did fantastically well to shift the ball onto his supposedly weaker side, before curling an almost perfect looping shot over the despairing glove of Hennessey, hitting the underside of the crossbar before nestling into the far corner. In terms of picking a spot, this was about as good as it gets.
5. Sterling – Manchester City 2-1 Southampton – 29th November 2017
Not just a fantastic goal, but a vitally important one too, Raheem Sterling pulled the rabbit out of the hat with this 96th minute winner against Southampton. With the Saints pinned down in their penalty area, the City pressure was relentless as they searched for a winner, but it just seemed for all the world as if it wouldn’t happen – everything we threw at them, they seemed to throw, or rather kick, far back into our own half. Not to be denied, a moment of sheer magic from Sterling won it for City, who, after a neat one-two with De Bruyne, somehow dug the ball from under his feet and looped it magnificently beyond Forster from the edge of the box. The scenes that ensued were manic, as Sterling ran the length of the pitch, followed by an ecstatic Pep Guardiola and even the injured Benjamin Mendy, who ignored the doctor’s advice and hopped skipped and jumped down the touchline to join the wild celebrations. One of the finest moments of the year without a doubt.
4. De Bruyne – Leicester City 0-2 Manchester City – 18th November 2017
What a strike from Kevin De Bruyne. There aren’t many players in world football who you can describe as truly two-footed, but I think we can safely pin down our midfield magician as one of them. His left foot is supposedly his weaker one, but after receiving a cut-back from Leroy Sane, he made space for himself beautifully with a wonderful outside-of-the-boot touch with his left to shift it wide, before unleashing a fearsome drive that slammed into the back of the net before Schmeichel could even think about getting a hand to it. The sound of a football smashing into the netting is always a satisfying sound, but when it reverberates around the stadium like on this occasion, there aren’t many better things in the sport.
3. Sterling – Manchester City 7-2 Stoke City – 14th October 2017
I fear that this is just going to turn into a Kevin De Bruyne admiration session, but it’s hard to simply brush off such football genius – this was one of the greatest performances by a footballing individual that I have ever had the privilege of watching in the flesh. His assists for Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sané in this game were from another planet, but that’s not what we’re here to talk about. In this sensational team goal, De Bruyne played a pivotal role, even though Raheem Sterling provided the finishing touch. Wonderful possession football, at its most intricate when De Bruyne made a darting run forward only to check back and receive the ball from Kyle Walker, led to a chance for Leroy Sané to run at the full-backs. After running into trouble, he turned back and played the ball to the ever-present De Bruyne, who, with a delightfully deceitful pass, slid it back through to Sané, after opening up his body as if he was going to shoot. Sané squared it to Sterling, who duly placed the ball into the bottom corner with aplomb. Truly stunning football.
2. Kevin De Bruyne – Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City – 30th September 2017
Would you believe it, that man Kevin De Bruyne features again at number two, with an explosive shot from distance against his former club. A crunch-match between to of the leagues heavyweights, City took all three points from Stamford Bridge after De Bruyne, once sold by Chelsea for a measly £17 million, played a first-time ball into Gabriel Jesus, who, on the spin, tapped the ball back into the Belgians path. With one purposeful touch into space, De Bruyne raced to the edge of the area, where he rifled a powerful drive, with that ‘weak foot’ of his again, by the way, across goal and into the corner. That glorious sound of the net smashing triggered wild celebrations, as De Bruyne raced to the City fans, in hot pursuit by John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and Kyle Walker, who sprinted a good 50 yards to join the party. Wait for the camera shot from up above, it’s brilliant.
And the best Manchester City goal of 2017 is…
1. Fernandinho – Manchester City 7-2 Stoke City – 14th October 2017
Despite all the wonderful team goals we’ve seen from City this year, it’s a moment of sheer individual brilliance that takes the top spot for me. Others on this list have sent me into wild celebrations, others have made me stand back and applaud the brilliance – but this one just made me lose my mind, as I jumped to my feet in pure exhilaration and yelled in disbelief as Fernandinho thumped home an absolute worldie from at least 30 yards. After receiving the ball from Delph, the Brazilian turned to face the goal, prodded the ball forward with his right foot before firing an absolute rocket towards the Stoke goal, that cannoned in off the underside of the bar. As aesthetically pleasing as it was spectacular, I make it a worthy winner – although I’m sure, especially with the footballing theatre we’re being treated to week in week out by this outstanding Manchester City team, that there will be plenty of goals next year of a similar quality.
It’s been a cracker of a year Blues, here’s to an even better 2018.
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