Jack Grealish finds his Aston Villa form for Manchester City
Jack Grealish finally looks like the fearless player we saw at Aston Villa after talking about a superb man of the match performance for Manchester City against FC Copenhagen.
City beat the Danish side 5-0, with Erling Haaland scoring a brace to move up to 19 goals for the season. But it was Grealish who did shine in the Champions League clash at the Etihad Stadium.
Somehow the former Aston Villa captain didn’t end up on the scoresheet after seeing a number of efforts saved by Kamil Grabara, who was in inspired form .
He was also denied an assist as Sergio Gomez’s effort that brought in the third goal was netted in an own goal for Davit Khocholava.
Yet, while the stats might not show it, Grealish’s game highlights prove he is now showing his best form in his second season under Pep Guardiola.
The England international played with that freedom and swaggering fans grew to love his game when he played for his boyhood club.
He constantly demanded the ball and moved forward, drifting down the left flank to join his teammates.
Seriously, if you don’t rate Jack Grealish as a footballer, you literally don’t understand the game or you’ve never played the game and just look at the stats.
— adi.das_enthusiast (@DanielTrainers) October 5, 2022
I’ve seen a few comments about it, but it looks like Pep is finally letting Grealish off the leash to go do his thing. Carry the ball and draw defenders towards him. I think he’s about to become the Villa version of himself… #grealish #MCFC
— VillaVibes (@VibesVilla) October 6, 2022
Jack Grealish vs Copenhagen:
68 accurate passes
91.9% pass accuracy
4 key passes
4 ground duels won
3 shots on target
3 precise long balls
2 successful dribbles
1 blocked shot
1 big chance created pic.twitter.com/4Ymcbpk4WN
— City Xtra (@City_Xtra) October 5, 2022
It was Grealish who made things happen. He produced skillful passes for Bernardo Silva and Julian Alvarez, who both hit the post.
And when Alvarez scored his first Champions League goal, it all started with Grealish’s superb run.
He collected the ball in his own half and passed two players before feeding Riyad Mahrez, who picked out Alvarez for a tap-in.
“My last three or four games, I feel like I’ve come to my senses,” he said.
“I play more with that freedom and that confidence. It would help if I was on the scoresheet, I was desperate tonight – but it’s about enjoying it and winning. I played a lot of matches recently, so I’m grateful to the manager for that. I’m playing with a smile on my face and I feel like I’m settling in now.
Grealish’s display was also hailed as “incredible” by Guardiola, who continuously supported him despite the criticism he received.
City are three wins from three Champions League group stage victories and look to visiting Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.