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Pellegrini powerless to act on Pep's talk - Bayern Munich 1 Man City 0

As debate rages on over the rights and wrongs of Manchester City’s desperately unlucky Champions League defeat in Munich, the influence of Manuel Pellegrini becomes ever more apparent. The post match inquest has seen social media platforms and the mainstream ‘press’ comparing and contrasting the fortunes of key personnel in the City team, but there has been little or no focus on the ramifications of Pellegrini’s enforced absence from the […]

Ein zwei drei – here we go again - Bayern Munich v Man City

Be the best team in England they said, qualify for the Champions League they said, explore Europe and broaden your horizons they said…they didn’t say it would be back to Bayern Munich for the third time in four seasons. Nonetheless, it would be wrong to say the thrill of a trip to the magnificent spectacle of the Allianz Arena has worn thin. It’s more a barometer of how far City have […]

Pellegrini wants bald truth behind Clattenburg display - Arsenal 2 Man City 2

It takes a lot to ruffle the luxuriant silver locks of Manuel Pellegrini, but merkin-wearing referee Mark Clattenburg has done it again. It was five months to the day since ‘Twattenburg’ – as he is ‘affectionately’ known to City fans – allowed Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel to punch the ball clear in the dying seconds at Anfield, denying the Sky Blues a stonewall penalty, and condemning them to a 3-2 defeat. […]

This time it's for real - Arsenal v Man City

When 13 men in sky blue and one in banana yellow masqueraded as the Champions of England on a sunny summer Sunday afternoon at Wembley, the travelling masses shrugged off a 3-0 embarrassment to Arsenal’s smoking guns. The 25,000 or so Manchester City fans consoled themselves knowing that the Community Shield didn’t really matter. It wasn’t a barometer for how the reigning champions would fare in the season that lay […]

‘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 […]