Manuel bans the ‘C’ word – MAN CITY v ASTON VILLA

A conspicuous absence of the ‘C’ word at the Etihad Stadium should see Manchester City emerge as heroes and not villains, in the penultimate game of this, the most pulsating of Premier League finales.

Complacency is the only conceivable obstacle to a City win that would send them two points clear at the top of the table tonight. Anything less than maximum points would be a self-inflicted football crime and one that would herald the unleashing of a thousand – maybe 47,000+ – curses on Manuel Pellegrini and his merry men.

Cool, calm & collected - Manuel doesn't wany any complacency to creep in. Courtesy @MCFC

Cool, calm & collected – Manuel doesn’t wany any complacency to creep in. Courtesy @MCFC

In a season where the leading protagonists have repeatedly failed to hold the racing line when in pole position, City simply cannot afford any more blow outs or engine failures.

The resident ‘Engineer’ needs to have his machine purring to perfection and running on slicks, albeit minus a key component in the shape of Sergio Aguero.

By and large Pellegrini has been denied the plaudits that should have been forthcoming for his team’s expansive and attractive style of play, and his personal approach to the game.

The Chilean’s measured comments, non-controversial and hardly ever inflammatory, don’t make for sensational sound bites, cheap copy or misleading headlines.

Dzeko delight turned to despair - Edin scored at Villa Park but City lost 3-2. Courtesy @MCFC

Dzeko delight turned to despair – Edin scored at Villa Park but City lost 3-2. Courtesy @MCFC

Time and time again we hear the football journalists ridiculing Pellegrini’s press conferences, labelling them as dull, underwhelming affairs, and the man himself as uninspiring.

Far better that they can feed off the daily diet of bile and venom from Mourinho and the false modesty and sickly gushings of Rodgers, as he rides the crest of the Liverpool love-fest wave.

Where’s Roberto Mancini when the red top tabloids and sneaky Sky cameras most need a bust-up with Balotelli, a Hart-attack or flashpoints of unrest from Manchester City’s squad of millionaire mercenaries?

Together - City need to continue their winning ways. Courtesy @MCFC

Together – City need to continue their winning ways. Courtesy @MCFC

Surely it’s a veritable scandal that City have a team leader who carries himself with calm self assurance, underpinned by his ability to imbue his players with confidence, even when all hope has seemingly evaporated?

If – IF – City can win their next two games, Pellegrini will have presided over the single most successful season in the club’s long, and at times, illustrious history.

Never before have City been champions of England and claimed an additional major honour in the same campaign. And yet, to all intent and purposes, Pellegrini isn’t even on the ballot paper for the Manager of the Year Award.

Why so?

Same again -  if Yaya  can keep the goals flowing he'll top 20 in the PL this season. Courtesy @MCFC

Same again – if Yaya can keep the goals flowing he’ll top 20 in the PL this season. Courtesy @MCFC

Populist voting has it as a two-horse race between Queen Brenda of Anfield and Pulis the Pugilist of the Palace.

Admittedly, City fans would joyously have joined in with any proclamations of ‘Pulis for President’ on Monday night, after that amazing three-goal fight back, but how can our Manuel be ignored in his debut season in England?

Doubtless the self effacing  man from Santiago is happy to let his team do his talking on the field, so there’s no room for anyone forgetting their lines between now and Sunday evening.

Complacency is definitely a no-no tonight but so too is the over analysis of the ifs, buts and maybe scenarios, based on the outcome of the match.

Back in play - Jesus Navas is fit and available for selection. Courtesy @MCFC

Back in play – Jesus Navas is fit and available for selection. Courtesy @MCFC

Perspective and balance are the order of the day. City are playing Aston Villa, a team they have beaten 10 out of the last 11 times in the PL in Manchester. City have outscored their opponents by 107 goals in all competitions this season. City have the best home record in the league and Villa have picked up just two points from their last seven away games, losing their last four.

Yes, this is a season of shock results like no other, but let’s get real here. Don’t even entertain the horrible notion of ‘Typical City’, don’t dwell on goal difference on the last day of the season – City have a title to win and they can do so by winning more points than their 19 opponents since last August.

Revenge need not be one of the motivations this evening, there’s a much bigger reward to be had, but having somehow contrived to lose 3-2 at Villa Park back in late September, it’d be satisfying to balance the books.

Anxious times - City's bench watched with bewilderment as the team went down 3-2 at Villa. Courtesy @MCFC

Anxious times – City’s bench watched with bewilderment as the team went down 3-2 at Villa. Courtesy @MCFC

Even the dazed and giddy Villa fans couldn’t quite fathom how they’d managed to eclipse City on the day.

Paul Lambert’s side are free from any relegation worries so will go one of either two ways tonight. In football parlance they might already be ‘on the beach’ or, alternatively they might ‘feel free to express themselves’ and chuck a dirty big Brummie spanner in the works.

Provided Pellegrini has prepared his team correctly, and learned the bitter lessons from undoubtedly underestimating ‘lesser’ opponents earlier in the campaign, City will win.

Any win 1-0, 2-0, whatever, the margin of victory is largely irrelevant. Unlike Liverpool, who were undone by a certain naivety on Monday when trying to reduce City’s +9 goal difference advantage, City just need to outscore Villa.

Starter or bench warmer -Will David Silva be resting his battered ankles as a sub? Courtesy @MCFC

Starter or bench warmer -Will David Silva be resting his battered ankles as a sub? Courtesy @MCFC

The icing on the cake comes if Dzeko, Yaya, Nasri, Silva & Co can conjure up eight goals in the remaining two fixtures to break Chelsea’s PL record of 103.

If they can net four tonight they hit a century milestone and overtake ‘breathtaking, gorgeous, unbelievable…’ Liverpool’s attacking haul of 99.

That’ll have commentator Martin Tyler, the Sky pundits and the football journo’s hailing Manuel and Manchester City as the best thing since sliced bread won’t it…well, maybe not.

Player of the Month - Martin Demichelis has transformed his career at City. Courtesy @MCFC

Player of the Month – Martin Demichelis has transformed his career at City. Courtesy @MCFC

But do we care? In truth, yes, I suppose we do. Why should City be discriminated against when the media would have warmly welcomed Liverpool, Chelsea or Arsenal as deserving champions?

In a plural interpretation of dear departed Mario’s puzzler: ‘Why Always Us?’

In truth we know why, it’s because Sheikh Mansour chose City for his investment portfolio and immediately transformed us into ‘football’s most hated’.

It’s why the morally corrupt UEFA hierarchy wants to punish City to the tune of £50m and handicap our playing numbers in the Champions League next season. How the hell do they arrive at £50m – a figure equal to City’s trading losses of 2012-13?

Driving force - Zaba knows what it takes to get City over the Premier League winning line. Courtesy @MCFC

Driving force – Zaba knows what it takes to get City over the Premier League winning line. Courtesy @MCFC

City’s business model, whereby losses are more or less halved year-on-year, while revenues climb at a healthy gradient, is not one that should be held to account by petty, punitive minds.

It should be respected by a bunch of bungling bureaucrats who are more interested in preserving the interests of a historic cartel of greedy, influential clubs, most of whom are laden with huge debts.

The inherently well-intentioned principles of Financial Fair Play have been bastardised to grotesque and unacceptable proportions. The basic principle of safeguarding clubs from extinction due to the reckless spending and behaviour of gung-ho owners is well founded.

Will the Beast get to feast before the season ends? Courtesy @MCFC

Will the Beast get to feast before the season ends? Courtesy @MCFC

That scenario is in no way applicable to Manchester City, where the Abu Dhabi based owners have made huge investments to benefit club and community and absorbed all debt.

One can only hope that City are prepared to do in the courts what the team does on the pitch – ‘Fight ‘Till the End’.

Victory over Villa will be a giant step towards Vincent Kompany holding the PL trophy aloft on Sunday afternoon.

Flicking a dirty big ‘V’ two-fingered salute to UEFA would hail the start of a process to restore the romance into football, transforming it into a place where dreams can, and sometimes do, come true.

Fancy another 'cuppa' - City want another trophy in the shape of the Premier League title this season.Courtesy @MCFC

Fancy another ‘cuppa’ – City want another trophy in the shape of the Premier League title this season.Courtesy @MCFC

Prior to August 2008, City fans never in their wildest imaginings thought Manchester City would be champions of England once, let alone twice or more in their lifetime.

It would be utterly detestable if UEFA were allowed to effectively break European business law, and deprive others of those self same opportunities.

City have to make the most of their good fortune and the best way of doing so is to give Sheikh Mansour the kudos of being the owner of the Champions of England for a second time in three years and one big ‘C’ word – CONGRATULATIONS!

 

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26 Comments

  1. May 7, 2014  12:26 pm by Ian Reply

    Possibly your best yet, come on City do the business over the next 2 games & bring home the silverware. Then unleash the dogs of Law on the corrupted phoneys at UEFA.

    • May 7, 2014  12:48 pm by David Walker Reply

      Dogs of Law - I'll have that! Cheers fella CTWD.

      • May 7, 2014  1:53 pm by blueyorkie Reply

        Had a funny feeling that you might!!

  2. May 7, 2014  12:32 pm by pj Reply

    Perty damn good article. Nothing won yet...

    • May 7, 2014  1:01 pm by David Walker Reply

      Indeed - no counting of the chicks just yet and the fat bird has yet to sing!

  3. May 7, 2014  12:32 pm by Chris Barry Reply

    Fantastic article - your words on Mourinho and Rodger are superb.
    As always an excellent read.
    Fingers crossed for tonight and Sunday.

    • May 7, 2014  12:49 pm by David Walker Reply

      Thanks Chris - I just hate the blatant hypocrisy of it all and the sheer bloody cheek of Platini and those UEFA bastards.

  4. May 7, 2014  12:34 pm by DOUGLAS HENSHAW Reply

    Absolutely your best to date Dave. Now let's get out there & do it. #DareToDream #Together #TrustOurMP

    • May 7, 2014  12:50 pm by David Walker Reply

      Thanks Doug. So that's a C+ then. Things are on the up ;-)

  5. May 7, 2014  12:39 pm by Roger Reply

    I agree with Ian, one of the best you have written. I found myself nodding along to every sentence, quietly seething at the same time at UEFA and our beloved medias barely concealed dislike of all things City. Everyone wants to be loved, but if it means smiling quietly to myself after the dust settles on sunday thinking "Ah, Champions again" then I can live with that!

    • May 7, 2014  1:00 pm by David Walker Reply

      You and me both sir - actions and trophies rather than words and empty cabinets! Thankyou.

  6. May 7, 2014  12:40 pm by Simon Dear Reply

    Thanks for that David , perfectly summed up , I would rather see the City hierarchy pay 50 mil to the best lawyers on the planet to show these hypocritical UEFA clowns exactly what they know about running a business model, it seems to me that they want a financial slice out of City before its too late , however if pushed then City should push this all the way , even if it meant sacrificing the UCL for a couple of years .
    I also find it repulsive the way Sky and the media have speculated on the outcome right after Palace threw a spanner in their media scouse
    ....fest , I feel this will only serve to strengthen our resolve tonight , make our Etihad more ferocious in support of what can be classed as the second coming , sing loud and proud blues history is on the making and this team will prevail
    with every single one of us right behind MP and his team , unlike our rag neighbours and Maureen's men . COME ON YOU BLUE BOYS !

    • May 7, 2014  12:51 pm by David Walker Reply

      SIEGE MENTALITY - COME ON CITY LET'S TAKE ON ALLCOMERS AND SLAY THE LOT!

  7. May 7, 2014  12:52 pm by Graham Ward Reply

    I'm pretty sure that missing out on Manager Of The Year won't bother Pellegrini, although it is disturbing how Suarez's previous actions have been so quickly overlooked.
    I think we'll do it tonight. 3-0 City.

    • May 7, 2014  12:57 pm by David Walker Reply

      I share your confidence for tonight but feel sorry for Mannuel that he isn't being given due recognition. Maybe the media will suddenly go with the flow if they can see Brendan has been 'rodgered' and give MP credit.

  8. May 7, 2014  3:23 pm by Eileen Fullen Reply

    When Gill joined the UEFA ranks I thought at the time this is for FFP another bitter twisted tale of the top teams to stop our club progressing. And Whinger added fuel to the fire by adding he hopes MANCITY are fined heavily didn't mind when we paid for his players with inflated prices.Hopefully our Boys will do the job and get the result tonight and Sunday to give Pellars exactly what he deserves PL Title in his first year. Although I don't think he will get the plaudits he deserves. A top read again let's Dream the Dream

    • May 7, 2014  6:32 pm by David Walker Reply

      Thanks Eileen - yes Gill will be doing all he can to keep City down.

  9. May 7, 2014  5:19 pm by Mole Rocks Reply

    I hope City do challenge UEFA and it's financial unfair play ponzi scheme.

    If they looked at City properly and factored in all the amazing things they are doing in Manchester in general, they would see a club truly setting the best role model for all sports teams.

    We know the tie ups with NYCFC and Melbourne Heart are just the start of something extraordinary, that will explode the City profile globally.

    City employee the best people for every activity and I expect their legal eagle's are no different.

    It is a shame that the debacle is detracting from the 2 up coming games, perhaps it saves the media from creating anything positive about City.

    Anyway, bollocks to them all, we are City till we die! :-)

    • May 7, 2014  6:34 pm by David Walker Reply

      Sphericals to Platini #tw*t!

  10. May 7, 2014  5:21 pm by Mole Rocks Reply

    Bugger, City employ the best people! :-)

  11. May 7, 2014  5:29 pm by Stuart Reed Reply

    Good Grief - I've never read the like before!!!
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/manchester-city-deserve-much-better-3505526

    • May 7, 2014  6:31 pm by David Walker Reply

      Shock horror - let's be fair with MCFC for once!

  12. May 7, 2014  5:34 pm by John Evans TT Reply

    £50M, wouldn’t get you the wing of an Airbus or an hour of Abu Dhabi's oil production. But I don’t think this about money for the Sheikh. It is a matter of principal and ‘smartening up’ the rotten pear EUFA.

    The diminutive, devious, double dealing, despot ‘Platini’ could soon be arriving at his very own Waterloo. That’s not just my view; it’s also ‘Stefan Szymanski’s, (author of ‘Soccernomics’) which he presents in his blog ‘Fair Play and the Law’. http://www.soccernomics-agency.com/?p=464

    Szymanski, up there with ‘Swiss Ramble’, lists FFP’s stated objectives as:

    1. to improve the economic and financial capability of the clubs, increasing their transparency and credibility;
    2. to place the necessary importance on the protection of creditors by ensuring that clubs settle their liabilities with players, social/tax authorities and other clubs punctually;
    3. to introduce more discipline and rationality in club football finances;
    4. to encourage clubs to operate on the basis of their own revenues;
    5. to encourage responsible spending for the long-term benefit of football;
    6. to protect the long-term viability and sustainability of European club football.

    He says ‘a legal evaluation of FFP would start by considering the stated objectives and arguing about whether the rules are likely to achieve them, and whether the objectives are so broad as to permit essentially arbitrary ends’.

    Off the cuff comments by Michel Platini and others have given the impression that the real aim of FFP is to keep “sugar daddies” out of game, which is not an FFP stated objective nor one Szymanski thinks justifiable as a regulatory objective’.

    For Szymanksi the issue is what/who is FFP aimed at, and are its goals legal? He thinks FFP ‘A restraint of the market in which both the players and the clubs operate’ ‘If FFP concerned a purely sporting rule, then the European courts would not interfere, but if there is an economic dimension then they can claim jurisdiction!’.

    The poison dwarf wants to be careful that a mega rich state (not Qatar, desperately clinging to the 2022 world cup), doesn’t decide to sponsor its own ‘knock out’ competition. One to rival the Champions league, open say to Europe's top 24 sides with each club receiving;
    1. An entry fee of €50m.
    2. +Plus results bonuses through the competition.
    3. +Plus a share of their national broadcasting deal.
    4. Final to take place in Sponsors country in air-conditioned stadium.

    Probable Cost around one days oil production, and a fraction of what Qatar has paid in sweeteners.

    Plenty of hungry clubs would go for that. Food for thought eh?

    • May 7, 2014  6:30 pm by David Walker Reply

      Food for thought - it's the whole sweet trolley. It bears another dedicated RBNR article in near future & that's some solid reference material #topman thanks for feedback.

  13. May 7, 2014  6:49 pm by Phil Entwistle Reply

    Sat here reading and agreeing with your post and the many comments. Lets do the Villa and then the Hammers, Platini - your up next.

    • May 8, 2014  10:30 am by David Walker Reply

      Cheers Phil always a pleasure - see you on Sunday for Big Fat Sam's School of Bus Parking! 0-0 would do us but it's not MP's way so we'd better make it 4-0 and break the goalscoring record at the same time.

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