Maureen’s been at it again!
Moanrinho has excelled himself, managing to plummet to new depths of hypocrisy.
He has the fawning media masses hanging on his every word as he trots out his pathetic ‘mind games’…with all the psychological subtlety of a colonic irrigation procedure, via a turbo-charged vacuum cleaner.
His ‘special need’ to be heard has to be accommodated as table-topping Chelsea prepare to take on the Champions of England, hence Jose’s assertion that Manchester City should be forced to play in the Europa League!
If it wasn’t so pathetic it would be funny, but ‘The Snide One’ doesn’t do humour.
The sneer from Setubal managed to keep a straight face – both of them – as he proclaimed that City should have points deducted, Premier League titles stripped away and admission to European football’s top club competition denied.
Oozing self righteousness the Portuguese pillock claimed City had not been adequately punished for the breach of UEFA’s so called Financial Fair Play regulations, but he saved the best bit until last.
Using Chelsea – the polar opposite of fiscal restraint and equitable economics – as a paragon of virtue, he said that the Roman Abramovich-owned club had “…become a team like any other, managing our resources in a rational manner.”
The press and media report Jose’s bilious rants – fair enough, he’s easy ‘copy’ – but the fact they do so unquestioningly is gut-churning. They put it into a selected context, lauding the Londoners for achieving a £36m summer transfer profit.
It certainly helps that some potty Parisians were happy to spend £50m on David Luiz – a Brazilian who’s as mad as a box of frogs…and that’s on a quiet day!
What is funny is how the net trading losses of £651.6m since Abramovich took control in 2004, are strangely overlooked.
And before those losses are explained away as being entirely historical, back in the day before FFP, how then did Chelski still manage to post a £49.4m loss in 2013?
As far as being a master of psychology and an eminent figure in the world of football economics, Jose is decidedly less than special.
It would appear to some jaundiced eyes, that City are in meltdown because of a poor home defeat against Stoke, a thoroughly deserved draw away at Arsenal and a desperately unlucky defeat in Munich.
Conversely Chelsea are apparently Premier League champions-elect following wins over newly promoted Burnley and Leicester, three points off Swansea and, an admittedly impressive, 6-3 victory away at Everton.
The fact they only managed a 1-1 Champions League draw at home to Germany’s FC Schalke – a team that had lost all four of their previous competitive games this season – seems to have dipped under the radar.
While Jose is now the self proclaimed ‘Happy One’, it’s Manuel Pellegrini who has allegedly ‘lost it’, just because he put that appalling apology of a referee Clattenburg up for closer scrutiny.
The press cited Manuel’s touchline ban in Munich as further ‘evidence’ that Pellegrini is becoming increasingly hot-headed this season.
The case for the prosecution is wafer thin. The ban related to Pellegrini’s fully justified verbal attack on the atrocious officiating of Swedish ref, Jonas Eriksson, against Barcelona back in February.
That was seven months ago – 207 days in which Manuel has resorted to type…that of being a courteous, diplomatic and honourable gentleman, the type of manager that fans and owners want at their football club.
Despite a unique Premier League and Capital One Cup double in his first season, there are still plenty of detractors ready to chip away at the Chilean.
There is certainly no love lost with Maureen, so what better time to hit back and narrow the gap to just two points at the top of the table?
Pellegrini has been busy protecting his team and defending the under-fire Yaya Toure.
Last season Yaya showed himself to be worthy of the term ‘world class’, an accolade all too frequently wasted on decent international stars who wouldn’t get a sniff of a place in a select World XI.
But it’s open season on the Ivorian colossus and a chance to destabilise City.
Ex-Manure midfielder, Paul Scholes was Mr Invisible when it came to media interviews during his playing career, but now the humourless Ginger Whinger is more than ready to offer his views, his negative views, on Yaya, as long as he’s being paid.
Pellegrini is right to defy the daft press conference questions about individual players, even when – like Joe Hart (Sunday will be his 200th Premier League game for City) – it’s to praise them.
It’s all about being together – winning together and losing together.
Despite the obvious drama and heartache of his summer, Yaya simply has to come to the party and make a full contribution to a City win..
Fernando and Stevan Jovetic are still sidelined with injury, with the no nonsense Brazilian midfielder a particularly big loss for this match up. The City boss has confirmed ex-Chelsea legend, Frank Lampard, will be in the squad.
It could see Lamps on the City bench and one would hope the professionalism, for which he is renowned, will shine through if he sees action in sky blue.
Unlike last season, City will have the spine of their team available for selection. Kompany was missing in the totally avoidable 2-1 loss at Stamford Bridge, whereas the in-form Fernandinho and Aguero were absent in the 1-0 reversal at the Etihad.
Hart, Kompany, Yaya, Silva and Aguero were an all too rare on-field quintet last season. They need to be pulling the strings on Sunday.
Chelsea are undeniably stronger this season having enjoyed an excellent summer transfer window. Fabregas, Costa, Drogba and Remy give Mourinho a new potency to his attack, while in Belgian keeper, Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea have a world number one in the making.
Unless there is to be a shocking seismic shift in the tectonic plates of the Premier League, the colours of either City or Chelsea will adorn the big trophy with the golden crown next May.
The Etihad encounter will not be decisive in itself, but an eight point Chelsea advantage might be unassailable, and it’s not even October.
A City win and a two point differentiator could prove a turning point for Pellegrini. It might even shut Maureen up, at least for a day or so.
By David Walker
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