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STOKE CITY 0 MAN CITY 1 - Zaba Dabba Doo does it for City

When Pablo Zabaleta, a little known unheralded Argentine defensive midfielder made his Premier League debut, the eyes of the football world fell upon Manchester City. But the combative £6.45m signing from Espanyol – bought the day before Sheikh Mansour acquired the club in late August 2008 – was a million miles away from being the subject of the global gaze. No, that ‘honour’ belonged to Brazilian ‘superstar’ Robinho, the £32.5m […]

STOKE CITY v MAN CITY - City to smash 14 years of Potteries pain

Fresh from ending a 37-year win famine at the Emirates, Manchester City go to one of their unhappiest of hunting grounds seeking progress in the FA Cup. Acknowledged as having the most effective 12th man in English top flight football, Stoke City will be banking on the vociferous Britannia Stadium crowd to help ease their passage into the 5th round of the Cup. It’s 14 years almost to the day […]

We CAN win the title - Mancini

Ahead of Manchester City’s vital 4th Round FA Cup tie at Stoke, #ReadbutNeverRed catches up with City Manager, Roberto Mancini as he reflects on just over three years in Manchester…which all began with a 2-0 victory…over Stoke Taking the easy route to success has never been an option for Roberto Mancini either as a player or as a manager. As the boss of Manchester City – reputed to be the […]

MAN CITY 2 FULHAM 0 - Sublime Silva is all gold

Manchester City know all about the glory derived from goal difference – one can only hope they don’t taste the despair of the all important differentiator come May. Roberto Mancini’s men delivered an accomplished, if not exhilarating, win over a lacklustre Fulham who couldn’t muster a single save from the redundant Joe Hart. Truth be told, a Tesco beefburger carried more threat than ex-Red Dimitar Berbatov and his team mates, […]

MAN CITY v FULHAM - Snow joking - City CAN retain PL title

Roberto Mancini can reflect on a very satisfying start to 2013, with a 100% win record and the spectre of Pep Guardiola being laid to rest in respect of the Manchester City manager’s job. Ill informed media speculation proved to be just that, as the ex-Barcelona boss signed a three-year deal to go to Bayern Munich, thereby ending rumours of a summer switch to the Etihad. Despite intense hype that […]

ARSENAL 0 MAN CITY 2 – Priceless...even at £62 a-head!

If you’re paying £129,456 in the January sales you’d have every right to expect something a bit special. That’s exactly what was served up to 2,088 travelling Manchester City fans who witnessed history in the making. At £62 a-go, some of the most faithful football fans in the land had baulked at Arsenal’s extortionate admission levels, leading City to return 912 unsold tickets – much to the delight of the […]

ARSENAL v MAN CITY - City seek win to crack history

Manchester City return to the scene of last season’s darkest hour, facing an even worse scenario than their Easter Sunday loss at the Emirates in April 2012. A 1-0 defeat saw City drop eight points behind their hated rivals at the top of the Premier League with just six games to go. It was a bitter irony that on a day of profound religious symbolism, far from being resurrected, Mancini’s […]

MAN CITY 3 WATFORD 0 - City's sting hurts Hornets

Previously misfiring Manchester City have well and truly released the safety catch, with a focused ‘shoot-on-sight’ policy and 10 goal haul in their last three outings. Championship promotion contenders Watford became the latest side to witness the return of City’s ferocious firepower in a one-sided FA Cup tie that could easily have seen City double the winning margin. As welcome as it is to see the goal flow, Roberto Mancini […]

MAN CITY v WATFORD - Spats and splits as City hit Cup trail

The prodigal son has survived yet another spat with the guiding light in his career…thus Mario Balotelli has every chance of playing for ManchesterCity as they begin their FA Cup quest. Schizophrenic Mario – ‘Mad’ or ‘Super’ depending on your perspective – literally got to grips with Roberto Mancini in training, much to the delight of the praying mantis paparazzi, who delight in presenting City in the worst possible light […]

MAN CITY 3 STOKE CITY 0 - Happy 'Blue' Year

If a marauding Manchester City have started 2013 as they mean to go on, then it could yet be a Happy Blue Year and a rotten red one in the Mancunian race for the Premier League title. This was a performance in keeping with City’s champion status as Aguero, Dzeko & Co made a mockery of Stoke’s claim to being the stingiest defence in the division. Roberto Mancini’s side systematically […]

MAN CITY v STOKE CITY - Bah Humbug - Mancini's men giving nothing away

References to Ebeneezer Scrooge are more readily associated with Christmas than New Year celebrations, but January 1st sees two of the Premier League’s meanest defences go head to head. Manchester City, under the tutelage of Roberto Mancini, have cultivated a defence tighter than comedian Jimmy Carr’s tax advisors over the past two seasons, enabling Joe Hart to win back-to-back ‘Golden Glove’ Awards for keeping the most ‘clean sheets’. With three goals conceded […]

NORWICH 3 MAN CITY 4 - Canary roast

Norwich City have Delia Smith, gourmet cook extraordinaire, whereas Manchester City have Edin Dzeko, ‘PaxoMan’,who just loves stuffing the opposition. Renowned for hitting late winners, Dzeko turned early bird, ruffling Canary feathers with two goals in four minutes, setting City up for this most vital of victories. Had it not been for the jerk of a referee Mike Jones and the petulance of Samir Nasri, Roberto Mancini’s men could easily […]