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A Different Corner could be music to City’s ears

Manchester City’s new season kicks off in less than 24 hours away to Brighton after a summer dominated by the ‘T’ word – transfers. But how about we move away from the relentless rumours and speculation surrounding all the ins and outs at the Etihad and look at another ‘T’ word – tactics. Pep Guardiola is undoubtedly a football genius, a tactical innovator second-to-none and technical master of the tiki-taka […]

Why Pep will make monkeys of the media mockers

Media coverage of Manchester City’s £120m spend on flying wing backs is a joke – one as lame as the old chestnut that has a dodgy defender selected at  ‘left back…in the changing room’. The £45m acquisition of Kyle Walker from Spurs is readily ridiculed and used as a negative benchmark for this summer’s crazy transfer market. Pundits and media outlets alike are quick to quote: “Well if Kyle Walker’s […]

‘Ullo Pep! Gotta New Motor?

Here’s the deal.  You’re Pep Guardiola and you’re looking to buy a brand new car. Your existing motor has too many miles on the clock and isn’t up to the job of taking you where you want to go.   You need to trade up, but even though you’re aiming high, you still have to work within a budget – what do you do? It’s always nice to have a speedy […]

Sky isn’t the limit for City’s transfer spending

You have to laugh at the coverage of Manchester City’s transfer dealings this summer – the insidious negativity, the not-so subtle nuances, the never ending inconsistencies and contradictions – blimey, you’d be forgiven for thinking the media didn’t like the men from the Etihad Stadium. Perish the thought! This article isn’t a whinge about the omnipresent anti-City bias, it’s merely some observations on the general reporting of Sky, the BBC and the […]

Mayday Mayday – City fans in distress over Zaba departure

Tears of unbridled joy, anguish, frustration and sadness – there’s something decidedly emotional about Manchester City and the 13th day of May. First we had Sergio Aguero with 93 minutes and 20 seconds on the clock back in 2012, drilling home the most sensational climax to a Premier League season ever. Never mind ‘Cry Me a River’, City’s delirious fans could have filled an ocean, weeping uncontrollably after Agueerrrrooo fired […]

City continue to fall foul of the ‘c’ word…

With Pep Guardiola at the helm, a reputed £250m transfer budget to be invested this summer and an abundance of talent already at the Etihad, it’s widely acknowledged that City could – even should – corner the market in domestic trophies next season. As Pep heeds the lessons of his debut Premier League season, and his players  – existing and incoming – become ever more familiar with his playing philosophy […]

City’s ‘Best Ever’ is simply magical

El Mago, Merlin, The Magician – David Silva is all of these and more – but it was Pep Guardiola who astonished Manchester City fans by pulling the proverbial rabbit out of the hat against Crystal Palace. The City boss created his own illusion of smoke and mirrors when The Wizard from Gran Canaria suddenly appeared on the team sheet…as if by magic. Silva, City’s most influential player and, in […]

Pep's potless and Yaya may have a point!

So for the first time as a manager Pep Guardiola, hasn’t won the proverbial ‘pot’ to p*ss in, albeit conventional wisdom has it he would normally drink champagne from trophies won with Barcelona and, or, Bavarian beer from silverware gained with Bayern Munich. But what of it? City’s Catalan boss is arguably the most gifted coach of his generation and among the most successful football managers of all time…and he’s […]

Blues against an assortment of Reds…

On the day Prime Minister Theresa May calls a General Election, the maxim ‘A week is a long time in politics’, could just as easily apply to top flight English football. Irrespective of the political Blue against Red battle on June 8th, Manchester City Manager, Pep Guardiola, is about to find out that five days can radically change the football landscape, determining whether he can win silverware, as well as secure a Champions League slot, […]

City to meet Messi buy-out clause

Manchester City are ready to pay £100m+ to reunite Lionel Messi with Pep Guardiola at the Etihad in the upcoming transfer window. The sensational switch to bring the five-time winner of the FIFA Ballon d’ Or from the Nou Camp to Manchester, is finally set to happen, with City believed to have already agreed to meet the buy-out clause in the superstar striker’s contract. Sources close to City claim the […]

From Abu Dhabi to Accrington Stanley…

Only via a cursory glance at an A-Z of global destinations could you put Abu Dhabi anywhere near Accrington. Never mind the 4,500 miles geographical distance, the cultural divide or the billions upon billions of dollars difference in material wealth, investment and assets, what could possibly provide a link – however tenuous – between a small town in Lancashire and the capital of the United Arab Emirates? Admittedly, it is […]

Royal visit for City Blue

It’s not every day that royalty drops in for ‘elevenses’ – but that’s exactly what happened when a King came calling on ailing Manchester City fan, Philip Entwistle. Phil (63), who is fighting what will ultimately be a losing battle against lung cancer, welcomed ‘King’ Colin Bell and City’s perennial Joker in the Pack, Les Chapman, into his Nelson home for a nostalgic chat of a lifetime. A season ticket […]