I've never understood why City picked up Samir Nasri. City already had David Silva and needed a good backup rather than another starter. Occasionally Nasri shined last season, but invariably at the expense of James Milner, which seems a complete waste. And then I watched the Community Shield and simply put, Roberto Mancini is a very smart manager.
From the moment David Silva signed with the club I expected Carlos Tevez to leave. As I've expanded upon before, Tevez has a tendency to come back into the space where Silva likes to create and playing a 4-2-3-1 there's no one up front when Tevez drops back.
City work best with a creative force in the central attacking midfield position and if Aguero is in the line up then he ends up out on the left in the three-man midfield if Tevez also plays. And if Tevez doesn't play he's going to have a snit; it's the way the man is.
While Silva has a tendency to play the superbly timed through ball, Nasri is more of a quick passer with a desire to dribble into position with all kinds of forward runs. And there's the solution staring us all in the face. If you play a 3-4-1-2, which City did against Chelsea on Sunday, then Tevez and Aguero can both play up front with their constant movement and Nasri's forward thrusts actually compliment the two Argentinians, causing defenders no amount of trouble. I don't expect it to work with Silva, he's not the same kind of player, but Aguero, Tevez and Nasri is a useful combination in this specific instance.
Should City change formations depending on the opponents and circumstances then I can see Tevez and Aguero being the regular starters - which must scare the rest of the Premier League silly - and depending on the formation Nasri or Silva will play, which should keep both of then fresh.
Whether such a packed midfield will constantly work against a better performance than the one Chelsea turned in is of course the question. Other than Fernando Torres I was singularly unimpressed with the Chelsea side, particularly Eden Hazard who fell over at the first opportunity. As a football fan though it was wonderful to see Torres back with some of the confidence from his early Liverpool days. Brilliant striker and a rebuilding Chelsea - which is what they are even as Champions League Winners - with Torres in full flow is a very dangerous side. I think we'll see better than fifth out of them this year.
Back to Sunday and the three at the back works with some players. Vincent Kompany is a rock of course and with Nigel de Jong in front of him, there was little opportunity for Chelsea to break through. Where opposing clubs will have success is if Pablo Zabaleta gets out of position often and isn't covered by Alexsandar Kolarov. Whomever plays the right central back position, probably Micah Richards, will not have that issue with Milner in front of him as Milner does an immense amount of tracking back.
Speaking of Kolarov, the Serbian was a revelation and it is plainly obvious that his best position is as a wing back rather than a full back.
I don't count the Community Shield as a trophy, it's the end of the pre season rather than the start of the new one, but there were some very positive signs for City when looking at the entire squad and how they will be used this campaign.