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Milestones, mishaps & 'miracles' - Man City 3 WBA 0

There was something distinctly surreal about City’s routine seasonal home win over the not-so ‘Boing Boing Baggies’. The dreaded lunchtime kick-off and the aftermath of Wednesday night’s humbling in Barcelona, meant this was always going to be an understated affair…but still, it managed to produce its fair share of shocks and surprises. A sending off with 89 seconds of kick-off is unusual, even more so when it’s the wrong player being shown […]

Brendan to City - ‘Rodger’ that!

Manuel Pellegrini can look like a dead man walking at times with his cheekbones increasingly sunken, frown lines ever more prominent and pinkish hue encompassing his piercing blue eyes. That, though, is part and parcel of the job, albeit the unflustered Chilean claims not to feel the pressure that accompanies high octane football management. You do not accept invitations from Arab Sheikhs to be the public face of one of […]

Will it be bye-bye to any of City's new buys?

The white flag of surrender hasn’t yet replaced the proud crest of Premier League Champions that flutters above the Etihad Stadium, but it can surely only be a matter of time. As a season that promised so much descends into an anxious final few weeks to cling onto an automatic Champions League qualification slot, Manuel Pellegrini is left casting around for any positives from a wholly underwhelming campaign. City’s abysmal 1-0 […]

Questions but no answers – will City ever learn? Burnley 1 Man City 0

Déjá vu comes in different guises, both good and bad…just ask Manchester City. Having retrieved seemingly lost causes to win two Premier League crowns in three years, they are now hell-bent on giving away their hard earned title – gift wrapped – for a second time in 36 months. Under Roberto Mancini, City capitulated and handed Sir Baconface one last hurrah, surrendering their title by an embarrassing margin of 11 […]

City can't let history keep on repeating - Liverpool v Man City

Manchester City’s Champions League hopes are hanging by a thread following this week’s defeat to Barcelona. In similar fashion, City’s Premier League aspirations were perilously close to petering out last season after the seismic 3-2 loss to Liverpool…and we all know how that turned out! The reviled rodent-like Luis Suarez wreaked havoc at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night, bagging a brace to put Barcelona in the driving seat in […]

Is Pellegrini's number up? Man City 1 Barcelona 2

The phone call from the Etihad to the La Roselada Stadium would go something like this, albeit in Spanish, not English: “Hi Javi, it’s Manuel here, I need a favour. I know you’ve only been there for five minutes and I was there for nearly three years, but tell me…how the hell do you beat Barcelona, let me in on the secret, I haven’t a clue!” “Ah, Manuel, ola. It’s […]

City tune up The Toon...now bring on Barca!

Manchester City’s past and present personnel combined to brighten Manuel Pellegrini’s immediate future, as his team strives to retain their Premier League title. The Etihad superstars of the here and now duly murdered Newcastle’s visiting Magpies – as they have done for nearly a decade – after the unheralded City youngsters of yesteryear did their former employers a massive modern day favour. A five star showing and a 5-0 roasting […]

City can’t be ignored – especially with two ‘Elephants in the room’

Having an ‘Elephant in the room’ would usually mean an incredibly awkward situation, a source of embarrassment that is simply taboo or one that could trigger an argument. The metaphorical idiom refers to an obvious truth that is either being ignored or going unaddressed, a major problem or risk that no one wants to discuss…so surely having TWO elephants in the room would spell double trouble for Manuel Pellegrini – wouldn’t it? […]

Manuel has no ideas in dunce's corner - Man City 1 Hull City 1

Trust, like reputation, is a priceless virtue. A highly valued but incredibly vulnerable commodity, it accumulates over a prolonged period. Conversely, it’s always at risk if new realities crash in and established perceptions are swept away. Manuel Pellegrini now finds himself at a crossroads in his brief, but hitherto highly successful time as manager of Manchester City. The trust and belief in the affable, professorial-like Chilean is under scrutiny like […]

Chelsea’s ‘Special Coach’ – park it over there mate!

Jose Mourinho has an obvious affinity with large passenger transport vehicles. He is very adept at parking buses and, in his capacity as a coach, the removal of his teeth would ordinarily accommodate 52 seats. But for once – sadly, probably just the once – Jose is keeping his poisonous ‘Norf & Sarf’ shut. The self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ is in a strop and seeking to perpetuate the myth that his […]

On song or off key? Chelsea v Man City

There’s a fat lady in London SW 6 preparing to break into song tonight. If the obese vocalist is moved to belt out a chorus in the wake of a Chelsea win, it’ll mean Jose Mourinho’s team will have to hit some seriously bum notes to allow Manchester City back into title contention. In the lyrics of another football-loving singer, Elton John, ‘Saturday night’s alright for fighting…’ and, metaphorically speaking, […]

Mind the gap...

Space was the ‘Final Frontier’ for Star Trek’s Captain Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise as they vowed to ‘boldly go where no man has gone before…’ The cult science fiction TV series of the late 1960s and early 70’s swept all before it and now, here in 2015, another Captain whose surname begins with ‘K’ has some spatial issues to address, if he wishes to enter previously […]