Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic helped his side to a comfortable 2-0 win over Chelsea in the FA Cup.
The Montenegrin forward produced a superb finish to slot past Petr Cech and he could easily have scored more, seeing an effort clip the bar after he pounced to try and cash in on a rare Cech error.
The nature of his performance was impressive from both a personal and professional point of view.
He’s given Manuel Pellegrini a massive headache ahead of the first leg last 16 Champions League game against Barcelona, proving that he can play well against a very talented, quick and physical defence.
He didn’t play in just one way against the Chelsea back four and showed great versatility throughout the game.
He backed into Gary Cahill and David Luiz, pushing them back towards their own goal which created space for the likes of David Silva, Yaya Toure and Edin Dzeko to flow through.
He also dropped off well when he needed to, showing awareness of when central midfield players needed help.
From a personal point of view the performance will give him a big boost because it will improve his confidence and belief that he can lead this current Manchester City attack.
It was also remarkable that he looked so sharp when he’s spent a large part of this season injured and has enjoyed very little first team game time.
It’s unlikely that he’ll get the nod against Barcelona but he’s proven to the boss that he should be considered more than just a squad player and if he continues making the most of his chances in a similar fashion then he will be starting in all competitions by the end of the season.
The only downside, and it was quite embarassing, was his outrageous dive when he tried to claim that he'd been clipped by David Luiz on the edge of Chelsea's penalty area. He was rightly booked.
Here’s what Manchester City fans made of his performance on social media site Twitter.
When one of my fav footballers dive I die a little inside #jovetic— Yvan (@YvanDass) February 15, 2014
@wheresgerrygow wasn't an elbow, Jovetic knew what he was doing and should have carried on with his run. Had sideshow beaten.— Andy Gillespie (@grantkirkham) February 15, 2014
Highlight of the second half was Jovetic's dive. Brilliant.— James Halfpenny (@JamesHalfpenny) February 15, 2014
Jovetic is flying down to London immediately after the game, apparently his dive was good enough to earn him a place in the Splash final— Darren Paine (@dazpaine) February 15, 2014
@adsavory Jovetic was really good, impressed me but got booked for a dive Tom Daley would have been proud of. Fernandinho is injured yeah.— Adam Booth (@AdamBooth92) February 15, 2014
Jovetic needs more games wat an early goal an performance son— Kenny.™ (@KennyNick_) February 15, 2014
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