It’s been two weeks since we’ve seen the Blues in action. Two weeks since 93:01. Two weeks since City became The Centurions.
And it’s been a long two weeks. The end of the Premier League season has snatched City’s record-breaking football away from us, and I miss it. Football-less weekends are just about unbearable as it is, it doesn’t help when your team was playing some of the greatest football of recent times.
Luckily though, the World Cup is coming soon. And even luckier for us Blues is that we’ll be seeing seventeen of our players representing their countries in Russia. That, by the way, is an all-time record.
But there’s still a while to go yet, and the football thirst still persists. That’s why I decided to dip back into City’s sensational season and pick out some of the most exhilarating moments. Some of the moments that fired us to a glorious title-win that may never be topped. The goals.
Now, I had 143 to choose from – and let me tell you, narrowing that down to just 10 is a very, very difficult task. There are some goals that I had to, reluctantly, leave out. Sané’s sensational curling effort to put the cherry on top of a 5-0 thrashing of Liverpool. Sterling’s simple tap in after some De Bruyne magic in the 7-2 annihilation of Stoke. And even Bernardo Silva’s sumptuous curling effort at the Emirates after a stunning run from Leroy Sané. Three incredible goals, not here.
But, when goals like that don’t make it, you know it’s been a good season. We’ve been well and truly spoilt this year. Absolutely wiping the floor with every other team in the division? Well, we might as well be Celtic.
So here Blues, I present to you, my 10 favourite goals of this wonderful season. Make sure to vote for your favourite below!
Gabriel Jesus vs Southampton
There’s only one place to start, and that’s at the very, very end.
City went into their 38th and final fixture of the season, knowing that they could make even more history with a win. The first team EVER to reach 100 points in England’s top division. An achievement that would shatter record books and rewrite history. City were in touching distance.
Yet, after probably one of the most frustrating 90 minutes of the season, many were resigned to 98. The score remained at 0-0, and City looked, quite frankly, uninspiring. That was until, with literally the very last kick of the season, Gabriel Jesus looped the ball over Alex McCarthy and sent it bouncing into the net.
The goal itself was symbolic of the grit and determination we’ve shown this season – this certainly wasn’t the first time we’d snatched the points after 90 minutes had passed this year. But it also showcased the unrivalled quality that we have in our ranks. The assist from De Bruyne, his 16th of the season, was fantastic – a looping a 40-yard ball over to Jesus, who controlled expertly with his outstretched left foot before producing a remarkably composed finish with his right.
Yes, 98 points would’ve been record-breaking, extraordinary, unheard of – but 100 points is legendary. And with beautifully taken goal in the dying moments to seal it? You can’t ask for much more than that.
Kevin De Bruyne vs Chelsea
Not only a stunning goal, but an incredibly satisfying one, Kevin De Bruyne won City the game with this thunderous left-footed drive.
The “£60 million reject” silenced the club that told him he wasn’t good enough with a goal that oozed quality and class, picking the ball up after a swirling move which revolved around an incisive one-two with Gabriel Jesus. After an immensely annoying 60 minutes, where City dominated but found no reward, the ball smashing the back of the net after De Bruyne rifled it past Thibaut Courtois, with his supposedly weaker foot, sparked joyous scenes in the away end, as virtually the entire team sprinted over to celebrate. Wait for the birds-eye view of the goal in the following video – watching John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi pelt 50 yards to join the pandemonium never fails to put a smile on my face.
One of many De Bruyne screamers this year, I think you’ll be hard-pressed to find a goal that filled so many fans with an irrepressible smugness. What better way to rub in a classic Mourinho transfer disasterclass.
Danilo vs Burnley
A player whose contribution I fear has been slightly underrated this season, Danilo, again filling in at the unfamiliar left-back position for this tricky trip to Turf Moor, popped up with a delightful curling finish to give City the lead after 22 minutes.
One of the more rigid Premier League sides to break down, Burnley offered stout resistance to an on-form City attack. But after Kevin De Bruyne played a short corner to Bernardo Silva, catching the Clarets back-four off guard, there was space to be exploited.
The ball was rolled to Danilo, who, after a great touch to set himself up, bent a wicked strike into the top right-hand corner. The Brazilian showed exquisite technique for this goal – everyone in the stadium knew exactly what he was going to do, including goalkeeper Nick Pope – though the man between the sticks didn’t have much chance of stopping the ball from sailing gloriously into his net. Versatile, committed and with more goals than Christian Benteke this season, Danilo can be very proud of his first season here in Manchester.
Fabian Delph vs Crystal Palace
From one unsung hero to another, Fabian Delph capped an impressive 5-0 thrashing of Palace with this incredible effort.
Not only was the finish almost perfect, striking the joint between post and crossbar before bouncing into the net, it was also with his weaker right foot, making this goal all the more special. The midfielder has been given a new lease of life under Pep Guardiola, filling in impressively for the injured Benjamin Mendy at left-back. Not only that, the former Aston Villa captain has got on with his work quietly and with minimal fuss, warming himself to the City faithful with a string of heroic performances in an unfamiliar role. He really deserved this moment in the limelight.
Raheem Sterling vs Southampton
What incredible scenes this goal produced. One of many Sterling late-shows, this one was undoubtedly his best, and probably his most thrilling. With 94 minutes on the clock – it doesn’t get much more last-gasp than this.
It just seemed to be one of those games. Nothing seemed to be working. Everything we did was booted away by a valiant Southampton defensive wall. They looked like they’d earned themselves a desperately hard-fought point.
All eleven Southampton players were in shot when Sterling received the ball after an intricate one-two with Kevin De Bruyne. The penalty area was absolutely packed. There was quite literally no way through.
Yet Sterling, with the ball sat awkwardly close to his standing foot, managed to dig out the most delightful looping shot that seemed to curl in slow motion past the despairing glove of Fraser Forster.
The stadium erupted. The fans lost it. The players lost it. The manager lost it. Sterling raced down the touchline with the rest of the squad in hot pursuit. The management team spilled onto the pitch in sheer jubilation. Even Benjamin Mendy, with a severe injury, hopped and hobbled down the touchline to join the crazy celebrations.
Not only a brilliant goal, but an exhilarating aftermath that will live long in the memory.
Fernandinho vs Stoke
What a thumping strike this was from Fernandinho.
The man who’s absolutely dominated the midfield all season – tirelessly chasing and tackling, tracking back, bringing the ball forward, passing, moving, breaking the lines – decided that this time, it was time to have a crack.
The Brazilian has shown his capability from distance before, hitting a few decent efforts in the past, but this is no doubt his sweetest. 30 yards out, he shifted the ball onto his right foot, before unleashing an unstoppable drive that cannoned in off the underside of the bar. A truly spectacular shot that caught everybody by surprise, the aesthetic bonus of the ball bouncing in off the woodwork gives this goal a few extra points.
Sergio Aguero vs Leicester
Another immensely satisfying crossbar-and-in worldy, Sergio Aguero grabbed his FOURTH goal of the game with this crashing strike.
After an adventurous scurry forward by Phil Foden, Aguero picked up the ball from the teenager on the edge of the box, before absolutely belting the ball goalwards. It was virtually straight down the middle, but the insane power of the strike, along with its cruel power and dip, seemed to make it unstoppable.
Struck so viciously, the ball flew over the outstretched arms of Kasper Schmeichel before slamming in off the underside of the bar. A ferocious finish from our greatest ever goal-scorer.
Kevin De Bruyne vs Leicester
If you ever needed proof that Kevin De Bruyne is about as two-footed as you can get, then here it is. Quick footwork, fantastic awareness and a thumping strike combined to make this goal one of his best in a City shirt.
Moments after Leicester had struck the post, De Bruyne almost ripped the net off after a devastating counter attack. Leroy Sané used his blistering pace to great effect to move City up the pitch, before pushing the ball towards the Leicester penalty area. The German cut the ball back to De Bruyne at the edge of the box, who, looking like he was going to flick the ball onto his right, cleverly shifted it over to his left with a quick tap-dancing step, before unleashing a monstrous strike with his so-called weaker foot.
Power, placement and a satisfying crack as the ball crashed into the net, this goal had it all.
Kevin De Bruyne vs Swansea
Kevin’s at it again.
Probably his most fiercely struck effort on this list, De Bruyne unleashed this absolute missile in the afterparty of our Premier League success, rocketing in City’s third in a joyous 5-0 win.
Danilo did well to step in and win the ball back from a wayward Swansea pass, prodding the ball forwards to De Bruyne in the process. The Belgian then took two touches to set himself up before rifling a searing shot into the far corner. There
aren’t many players in world football who can strike a ball as sweetly as this.
Is there anything that this man can’t do?
Leroy Sané vs Arsenal
And finally, Leroy Sané’s effort at the Emirates.
I’m quite happy to say, without fear of sounding deluded or biased, that this is right up there, maybe with Jack Wilshere’s cool finish against Norwich a few years back, as one of the best team goals that the Premier League has ever seen.
It’s a goal that emphasised the embarrassingly strong grip that City had on this game. Playing away at Arsenal used to be a notoriously fruitless experience – but this was about as comfortable as it gets. Having already provided a mesmerising assist for City’s first, as well as playing a pivotal part in the second, it was Leroy Sané who bundled in the third, to complete this stunning team goal.
Starting deep inside our own half, City passed the ball quickly and elusively, keeping it away from the players in red who were desperately flailing to put pressure on. Some brilliant passages of slick passing triangles ended up with the ball at Walker’s feet, who played a clever spinning ball inside to David Silva.
The Spaniard turned and fired a driven pass into Aguero, who span away from his man with a delightful touch, leaving the Arsenal defence back-peddling. He played it into De Bruyne, who then slid a wonderful pass through the legs of Mustafi and into the path of Walker, who had continued his lung-busting run from right-back.
With the ball in a crossing position, Sané, in the middle, lost Hector Bellerin with remarkably clever movement, bursting forward before suddenly checking back, sending the right-back into a spin. Walker spotted his movement, before lasering in a low ball that Sané bundled over the line.
A truly stunning team goal from City. That, is what dominance looks like.
And there you have it. I hope you enjoyed looking back at some of the finer moments of our sensational season. Make sure to vote for your favourite here!