Author archives: David Walker

More poison with the ‘praise’ Mr Guardiola?

Just when you thought maybe – just maybe – Manchester City’s version of ‘total football’ was winning the hearts and minds of those who genuinely appreciate the beautiful game, up pop the ‘haters’. By now everybody has heard the slanderous and self righteous rants of an embittered, myopia-afflicted French pensioner known as Arsenic Whinger. Now that might be considered harsh, if indeed the Arsenal manager’s eyesight is in sharp decline […]

Guardiola's City are gobsmackingly good

Pep Guardiola is letting his Manchester City team do their talking on the pitch in an exciting, exquisite and expressive manner, hitherto unseen in English football. Stylish, stunning and stupendous, it’s beginning to evoke memories of  Guardiola’s Barcelona at their best – a brand of silky smooth, intricate and yet, paradoxically, simplistic play – one which is rapidly exhausting the dictionary of football superlatives. Obviously City have yet to win […]

Vintage Pep has City fizzing

Pep Guardiola’s side has served up plenty of champagne football this season, albeit the last couple of wins weren’t quite vintage stuff – but nonetheless, palatable. The stout resistance of a bus-parking Burnley was quite rightly ended by a 100% bona fide penalty, dispatched by record-equalling Sergio Aguero, followed by a quick two goal salvo from Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane. It didn’t come anywhere near the smooth flowing, sweet […]

City’s triumphs and traumas can fund cancer care

If you’re a Manchester City fan you’ll be well versed with the song that contrasts City’s signing of Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero and United capturing the signature of Phil Jones. Obviously it’s the one that starts out with: ‘This is how it feels to be City…’ It’s not only a very popular terrace chant at the Etihad and on City away days, it’s also the title of a book which compares […]

Pep's sky blue statistics don’t lie

As the adrenalin surge subsides following Manchester City’s sublime storming of Stamford Bridge, let’s park the superlatives, any hint of hyperbole and focus on ice cold sky blue statistics. In a nutshell Raheem Sterling is Top of The League (it has a certain agreeable ring) along with the rest of his team mates, with 19 points from a possible 21. It would surely have been seven wins out of seven […]

Will Manchester City's brilliance force a mass media re-think?

Eating humble pie through gritted teeth is hard enough, but imagine having to masticate on a stunning master-class performance from a Manchester City team you love to hate! As City served up a sumptuous slice of total football delight, palatable to all but the sourest of rivals, it must have tasted oh so bitter to the likes of Lineker, Shearer, Ferdinand, Gerrard, Humphrey, BT, Match of The Day, Sky, Talkshite and […]

Christmas comes early for City’s rivals…or has it?

With eight wins and one draw from nine games, 29 goals scored and just three conceded, it seems the football Gods decided it was all going a bit too well for Manchester City. 48 hours after motoring to the top of Group F with their first ever 100% start following two opening Champions League games, an errant taxi driver somehow managed to drive Sergio Aguero round the bend and straight into […]

Super Sergio's City strike record

When Sergio Aguero helped Manchester City hit Watford for six last Saturday, he did so by chalking up his sixth Premier League hat-trick. If he were to notch a magnificent seventh to shatter Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace, the Argentine super striker would smash City’s all-time goal scoring record which has stood for the past 77 years. Aguero’s three goals in the 27th, 31st, and 81st minutes at Vicarage Road reminded […]

Pundits praise Pep…whatever next?

Either I’ve slipped into a parallel universe or I need to change my ‘meds’, but are Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City actually being praised by all and sundry at the moment? Am I hallucinating or are City winning acclaim following a week of played three, won three, 15 goals scored, none conceded… and all achieved while serving up lashings of some of the most sumptuous football of recent times? With the […]

Will City set legal eagles on La Liga chief?

Manchester City have threatened to sue La Liga chief Javier Tebas following incendiary claims that the club “cooked the books” with regards to players sent on loan to Girona during the transfer window. The ill-considered remarks from Tebas – a controversial figure at the best of times – come after City loaned the quintet of Pablo Maffeo, Aleix Garcia, Marlos Moreno, Douglas Luiz and Larry Kayode to the La Liga newcomers. The 55-year old La Liga […]