Vincent Kompany, 11 years a loyal Manchester City servant and a symbol of the stratospheric changes the club has undergone in that time, scored his first goal in 13 months at the most opportune moment and in the most spectacular fashion last night.
Manchester City can consider themselves highly unfortunate not to beat Wolves. They hit the woodwork three times, Rui Patricio made a world-class save from Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus missed a simple chance, and the Wolves’ goal should have been disallowed for handball.
David Silva may have lost some of the headline space hoovered up by the likes of Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne this season but in the 83rd minute of this largely uninspiring victory, he showed why he is arguably still the man who makes Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City tick.
In the 15 excruciatingly long years between 1991 and 2006, Manchester City registered not a single victory over Arsenal. To say the Gunners had become a bogey team was to underestimate the state of affairs quite radically.
Any suggestions that Chelsea could throw away the league title despite dominating the race for so long, or any hopes Manchester City could somehow find the discipline, consistency and momentum make it a three-way chase, have largely been put to bed by Eden Hazard after he guided the leaders to a narrow but crucial victory at Stamford Bridge.
Just when everyone was expecting a goalscoring free-for-all, Manchester City demonstrated — in their first ever Champions League semi-final — that they have the tactical nous to be serious contenders as they earned a goalless draw against Real Madrid at the Etihad.