Andy Gray: Nasri’s winner against Chelsea could be key for Man City
Sharethematch.com ambassador Andy Gray looks at Manchester City's title bid and Carlos Tevez's return to action
Manchester City’s comeback against Chelsea was the stuff champions are made of and Samir Nasri’s goal could end up being the one that hands City the title – it was that big.
With City being a goal down it looked as though they were running out of time – as well as belief and ideas.
They knew they had to win it and they were a goal down and on the verge of thinking, ‘we’re not going to do this’. It really was now or never for Roberto Mancini’s men.
But they forced a penalty and it was no surprise they went on to win the game as it lifted the whole place and you could sense the final result was going to go in their favour.
The big talking point was obviously Carlos Tevez – back with a bang but did we expect anything else?
Not many would have found that ball that he did to set up the winner.
Maybe David Silva had he been on the pitch, maybe Nasri himself, but not that many. Apart from scoring the winning goal, Tevez did everything else for City against Chelsea.
I guarantee you if that had been fed into Edin Dzeko, then he would have been turning the other way and had a shot and probably had it blocked.
But the pass perfectly demonstrated Tevez’s football brain – it was a lovely ball in and a beautiful little reverse to Nasri and a great finish.
And it could be the most important goal of the season because in terms of mentality, Manchester City will feel like champions.
It is looking as though the Manchester derby could have a huge impact on where the title is going, and I hope for the fans that the game does have something riding on it.
That would be fantastic for everyone watching but I am not so sure it will decide it because they are a couple of big games afterwards that could well swing the title.
City have to go away to Newcastle and then their final game is against QPR, managed by Mark Hughes, and he would like nothing more than to help United beat City to the title. That will be interesting.
United’s run-in is slightly easier but if City can continue to beat whoever is in front of them that will not make a difference.
In terms of the Champions League places, top four in the Premier League seems like it’ll go right to the wire and Tottenham need to find a win from somewhere.
A while ago it looked like Spurs would not be caught but if Chelsea beat them on Saturday then they are only two points behind them.
Tottenham have just had a blip at the wrong time and I think that it is a bit too easy to blame the ‘Harry Redknapp to England’ rumours.
Yes, it has had an effect on the players but they have had a tough run and haven’t performed to their best, so it is a bit of both I think.