Category archives: Match Report

Bit of a damp squib at the Etihad…

Manchester City played out a drab, uninspired and uneventful 0-0 Champions League stalemate with Monaco, at a sparsely populated ‘Emptiad’ Stadium last night! Do you know what, I think I’m getting the hang of this ‘Fake News’ and ‘alternative facts’ malarkey! Move aside Kellyanne Conway, I’m on my way to the White House and a new career in trumping up distortion overload on behalf of  Donald and his cronies. That […]

After a Perfect 10 Pep wants a Magnificent Seven

Fast tempo, high intensity and tactically savvy – all the traits you’d expect from a Pep Guardiola team – the only discrepancy being this was Celtic for over an hour, as Manchester City’s sensational 100% winning start to the season was halted in a feisty Battle of Britain. Pep’s previously all-conquering City leaked goals like a ruptured drain on a horrible rain-swept night in Glasgow. A clear offside decision that […]

Tuned in City tune up United

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City were pitch perfect and on a superior wavelength as they left Manchester United quivering in the shockwaves of a sky blue derby day win. Mourinho’s mob were left twiddling with the knobs of an old wireless, while Pep’s men sent out a high frequency signal, one that will be received with trepidation by the rest of the Premier League. City’s players have attuned remarkably quickly to the carefully crafted football choreography […]

United won the derby but City look real winners

Stating the obvious, but losing to your most hated enemy is never a good thing. When City capitulated 1-0 to United at the Etihad on March 20th  it was a horrible gut churning experience, just as it had been when the Blues slumped to a 4-2 defeat at The Swamp last season. But, and it’s a sizeable ‘BUT’, in adversity lies opportunity and opportunity is knocking on Manuel Pellegrini’s door […]

The Curse of Clattenburg strikes again

So, the world and his wife are pretty much in agreement about THAT penalty! It never was and should never have been…unless your name’s Mark Clattenburg. Even by Twattenburg’s appalling standards when officiating City games, penalising Raheem Sterling was breathtakingly bad. It begs a question or two of this most arrogant of referees…is he inept or a cheat? Is he hopeless or corrupt or, as some would have us believe, […]

Can Manuel blow away Manchester City’s malaise?

Manuel Pellegrini’s luxuriant grey locks are probably the only ‘target’ for the hairdryer treatment in Manchester City’s dressing room this season. That has to change – and fast, if City are to win the Premier League for a third time in five years.  The cool Chilean is a dignified figure, the personification of composure, not given to red mist reactions, but something has to give if he is to engineer […]

MP is Minister of Defence for a day

The 170th Manchester derby was a dull affair, even lacking the gloss of a blue and red paint drying competition, bereft of any deft finishing strokes. Grey, drab colourless, the 0-0 stalemate did however reveal that Manuel Pellegrini is prepared to dip into a more varied pallete when looking at the bigger picture. The Chilean ‘Engineer’ has built his managerial reputation on producing masterpieces of attacking football, with City outscoring […]

City’s new Champions League theme – Cum on Feel the Noize!

‘We Fight Till The End, We Fight Till The End, We’re Man City We Fight Till The End…’ It’s a rousing terrace war cry and one rapidly becoming Manchester City’s Champions League campaign theme in 2015/16. Last gasp winners against Borussia Moenchengladach and Sevilla have seen City snatch six points in nerve-shredding, nail-biting encounters in a fiercely competitive Group D. The joy and relief was palpable as City’s flame-haired Belgian […]

Oh Oh 7 - Sterling is spectre of doom for City's opponents

Sterling is on the rise at Manchester City like never before in a week of ‘firsts’ for the Premier League leaders. Raheem Sterling’s maiden hat-trick in senior football, came just 72 hours after the club posted its first annual profit since the Abu Dhabi takeover seven years ago. The stock of both player and his employers continues on an upward trajectory, following City’s 5-1 demolition of Bournemouth, and Sheikh Mansour’s […]

Silva & Sterling searching for European gold

Table toppers, a 100% win rate, records tumbling left right and centre – Manchester City are emerging as a Special Force this season after a fifth Premier League win was achieved without their own SAS strike corp. Deprived of Silva, Aguero (for the most part) and Sterling, Manuel Pellegrini’s early pace setters still managed to clip the wings of Crystal Palace’s high flying Eagles – thanks to a fledgling out […]