Saturday 17th August 2013 – Manchester City v Reading (Premier League)
The opening day of the season and City will be hoping for a positive start to the season, especially with most bookies making City favourites to win the league this season.
City have only made one significant transfer this summer and that was for Raphael Varane, who finds himself on the bench with Serbian Matija Nastasic preferred at centre back alongside captain Vincent Kompany.
Before the game, City’s manager said, “I’m excited for the new season, we have a really strong squad and I think we can win the league this year. Closing the gap on United is essential and this squad can definitely do that. A few players have left, some big players as well, so its upto these guys to step up now and show they are ready.”
MCFC Starting XI – Hart, Richards, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy; Nasri, De Rossi, Toure, Bale; Nem; Aguero SUBS – Friedel, Varane, Shaw, Barry, Milner, de Jong, Guidetti
Reading Starting XI – Federici, Martin, Pearce, Gorkss, Vage Nilsen; Hunt, Leigertwood, Gunnarsson, McAnuff; Pogrebnyak, Le Fondre SUBS – Andersen, Gunter, Mee, Karacan, Madine, Morrison, Mariappa
It took City a little bit of time to find their stride but they came out on top with a convincing performance that rarely saw Reading threaten. A solid performance from every City player, especially Samir Nasri, has sent a message to the League that City are ready for a big push for the title this year.
Final Score – Manchester City 2 (Nasri 19, Aguero 54) Reading 0
MOTM – Samir Nasri
Attendance – 46,908