Category archives: Match Preview

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 […]

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 […]

It’s a dog’s life for Pep

Having failed to tame some eager terriers from Yorkshire, Manchester City must now restrain a breed of pedigree poodles from France as they strive to ‘Winalot’ in Pep Guardiola’s debut season. Sticking with the canine theme a little longer, Guardiola could be City’s Spanish Water Dog, possessing all the finest traits of the breed – intelligent, diligent, loyal and athletic – the same qualities Pep demands from all of his […]

Pep set to make a spectacle of Mourinho and Clattenburg

As the world fixes its gaze on the Theatre of Screams and the Manchester derby becomes the focus of Planet Football, it’s ironic that a mysterious visual impairment could yet be a key factor in the clash of Red versus Sky Blue. The nigh on blind Andre Marriner won’t be visible at The Swamp as El Mancunico unfolds to a global audience of umpteen millions, but the results of his […]

In & Out at Manchester City

As Manuel Pellegrini heads out of Manchester City it’s imperative that his soon-to-be ex-employers stay where they’ve been all season long – in the top four of the Premier League. When City began the season with five consecutive wins, without conceding a goal, they were odds on favourites for a third PL title in five years – virtually unstoppable. Finishing outside the Champions League places was inconceivable. Fast forward nine […]

Pellegrini orders Canary Roast

With 10 games to go Manchester City are 10 points off the top of the Premier League in a far from Perfect 10 scenario. But – and it’s a big but – if Manuel Pellegrini’s team can finish how they started and start how they finished, City could yet win a second title in three years. An 11 game winning streak saw City close out last season in style and […]

Time for City to earn their spurs

Pragmatic Manuel Pellegrini had already put the kibosh on any ‘quadruple’ codswallop, long before Manchester City were outfought, outplayed and obviously outfoxed, by an irresistible Leicester City. City’s abject capitulation at the hands of Claudio Ranieri’s hungry, crafty troop, meant the pre-match title favourites were never on the scent, leaving even the most optimistic fan wondering if Pellegrini would capture one trophy, let alone four, before he departs in June. […]

Will City be legless on Boxing Day?

If you thought Oscar Pistorius had a flaky defence just take a look at Manchester City’s and it’s easy to see how their legs are going from underneath their Premier League title challenge. City have been held by rock bottom Aston Villa, stuffed by Stoke and outgunned by Arsenal as they’ve dropped 11 out of the last 18 points. Manuel Pellegrini is the proverbial ‘dead man walking’ following Pep Guardiola’s announcement that […]

Will it be City’s Dr Jekyll or Mr Hyde who swan in?

Will the real Manchester City please stand up…provided it doesn’t involve tearing a hamstring, straining a calf or sustaining knee ligament damage. Such is the unrelenting nature of City’s injury woes this season, one wonders if Manuel Pellegrini dined in a seafood restaurant the lobster would be off and pulled ‘mussels’ the only item on the menu. Certainly his team have served up some unpalatable ‘mains’ in recent weeks. If […]