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‘F’ in Manchester! – Man City 0 Stoke City 1

A certain ‘F’ word was prominent in the vocabulary ringing around the Etihad Stadium less than 48 hours ago. The Champions of England had huffed and puffed but failed to penetrate a wall of well marshalled red and white stripes, succumbing to a shock home defeat to Mark Hughes’ Stoke City. Another ‘F’ word was on the lips of Manchester City fans as it appeared that Colombia’s finest, high grade export would have […]

M&M – The massive difference between Manuel and Mark – Man City v Stoke City

Manchester City’s meteoric evolution comes into sharp perspective today when Manuel Pellegrini’s side face Stoke, managed by Mark Hughes, the City boss when ‘the money’ first swept in from Abu Dhabi. The speed of change since September 2008 at the then named, City of Manchester Stadium, means it’s more apt to describe the Sky Blues’ transformation, as revolutionary, but like many historical revolts, things didn’t always go to plan. Hughes […]

SAS change of colours – Man City 3 Liverpool 1

A scintillating new sky blue strike-force has replaced Liverpool’s much lauded, but now defunct, ‘SAS’ pairing in the Premier League sharpshooting stakes. With the Scousers’ attack looking decidedly ‘gummy’ after Luis Suarez scurried off to Barcelona and Daniel Sturridge rendered largely ineffective, it was Manchester City’s ‘Sergio and Stevan’ who plundered the goals, and with it the spoils of war, in this combative encounter. Rejuvenated and now injury free, Man […]

Manuel minds his own business - Man City v Liverpool

It was the culmination of the media’s Liverpool love-fest, the precursor to Steven Gerrard’s seemingly God given right to win the Premier League, and the climax of the rehabilitation of Luis Suarez, his cannibalistic ways deemed a thing of the past. It was Sunday April 13, 2014 and 44,000 Scouse supporters had seen their pre-match prophecies of ‘We’re gonna win the league…’ just about come to fruition. It was Brendan […]

Just the usual please – Newcastle Utd 0 Man City 2

It was emotional, it was clinical and ultimately it was routine as the Champions of England gave a despairing Newcastle United what they give them every season without fail…absolutely nothing. The Toon Army must hate the sight of Manchester City. The Magpies’ definition of ‘typical City’ is a team that takes maximum points game after game after game and remains undefeated in 17 consecutive Barcodes versus Blue Mancs encounters. Manuel […]

City go for 10 out of 10 - Newcastle Utd v Man City

There’s lies, damned lies and statistics, but if Manchester City could have chosen their opening fixture opponents Manuel Pellegrini would most likely have plumped for the Magpies. An away win for the Champions today would make it 10 wins out of the last 10 Premier League games against Newcastle, stretching City’s unbeaten league run to 16 when facing The Toon. Pellegrini kicked off his managerial career in England with a […]

High fives as City secure the future

Manchester City begin their quest for back-to-back Premier League titles with something of a parliamentary air ringing in their ears. The slogan ’5 more years’ is the ever popular mantra when a UK Government is seeking a second term in office. The 60 month tenure is all the rage on the sky blue side of Manchester this week, as one by one, City’s superstars sign up to sustain & enhance […]

Off key X-rated Wembley horror show – Arsenal 3 Man City 0

Manchester City obviously confused the Community Shield with the X-Factor auditions taking place alongside Wembley Stadium. The slapstick defending by the Champions of England would have earned four big fat Xs from Simon Cowell and his fellow judges…sending Manuel Pellegrini’s team on their way as chronic under achievers, who should never have been allowed up on the stage. But as always, perspective is required when analysing what is widely regarded […]

Pellegrini to blow away windbag Wenger and Hurricane Bertha

It used to be called the Charity Shield with match receipts from the traditional season curtain-raiser of Champions and FA Cup victors going to worthy causes. Manchester City and Arsenal will contest the re-named ‘Community’ Shield – very apt given the distinct lack of anything even remotely charitable emanating from the meanie-mouthed Arsene ‘Whinger’ Wenger, whenever City are the topic of conversation. The Arsenal boss just can’t help himself when […]

Wembley tribute for ‘Gentleman Joe’

If Manchester City’s greatest ever manager were still with us we’d be celebrating his 100th birthday this Saturday. Sadly, Joe Mercer died on August 9th, 1990, ironically the same date as he had entered the world, 76 years earlier. Joe was the embodiment of everything and anything good about football and it’s befitting of his memory that the two clubs he served with the most distinction, throughout a glittering playing […]

Let's be Frank...

When David Villa and Frank Lampard signed up for New York City there was always a sneaking suspicion that one, or both, could find themselves wearing the sky blue of Manchester City, before heading off to the Big Apple. Villa fresh from Atletico Madrid’s La Liga title would have slipped in effortlessly with Manuel Pellegrini’s style, and would have been reunited with David Silva, his Spanish international and ex-Valencia team […]

City’s domestic dilemma

Manchester City’s defence of their second Premier League title in three years is hampered by two great lengths of red tape – the dubious Financial Fair Play regulations and the eminently more laudable ruling on ‘home-grown’ players. The hypocrisy, corrupt practices and self serving sentiments of FFP have been well documented, as has the fact that if City are to comply with their FFP punishment, their net transfer spending is […]