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MAN CITY v REAL MADRID - Special night if City 'do' One & Ron

Manchester City will be hoping Jose Mourinho’s pre-match prediction comes true and Ronaldo chalks up a hat-trick with a difference in City’s do-or-die Champions League clash with Real Madrid. Even the most rabid, sky blue tinted spectacle wearing City fanatic would be hard pressed to believe their beloved team can wriggle Houdini-like out of their CL straightjacket and concrete boots. With a paltry two points garnered from away trips to […]

MAN CITY 5 ASTON VILLA 0 - Don't look down

Champions Manchester City returned to the summit of the Premier League for the first time since being crowned last May with an emphatic 5-0 demolition of a vapid Aston Villa. Déjà vu was a welcome companion for Roberto Mancini’s marauders as history repeated. Rewind to October 2011 – City won 4-1 and sat aloft the English game for the next 22 weeks. A similar table-topping exercise – plus the addition […]

MAN CITY v ASTON VILLA - City to capitalise on familiar prey

In the unpredictable hurly burly world of the Premier League there simply is no such thing as a home banker – but when Manchester City take on Aston Villa it’s the next best thing. City have triumphed in nine of the last 10 top flight encounters in Manchester -racking up 23 goals to just six conceded – and nothing suggests things are about to change any time soon. Villa will […]

MAN CITY 2 SPURS 1 - Twisted Oliver sunk by supersub Dzeko

The double standards and rank hypocrisy surrounding coverage of the two sides of Manchester was, once again, stripped bare for all to see after wins for City and United. United went to their happiest of Premier League hunting grounds – Villa Park – to record a totally expected, almost mandatory,  3-2 win after a spineless capitulation by the home team. City beat a supposedly high quality Tottenham team, with their […]

MAN CITY v SPURS - City press for media recognition

So the media darlings of Spurs will roll up at Fortress Etihad with all the jaundiced anti-Manchester City journalists hoping Andre Villas Boas’ team can end the champions’ near two year unbeaten home run. It was even worse when Harry ‘Wanna buy a Mondeo’ Redknapp was indulging in a mutual ass-kissing appreciation society with the City-hating hacks, but even the demise of ‘Arry hasn’t stopped the Spurs adulation society. The […]


Two inescapable truths emerged from Manchester City’s highly controversial Champions League draw with Ajax – the first that City were cheated out of a crucial win, the second that Roberto Mancini’s side are not yet ready to sit at the top table of European football. There can be no disputing that City could and should have beaten the cultured Dutch champions 3-2, possibly even 4-2. The fact they didn’t lies […]

MAN CITY v AJAX - City need to 'pep' up for Mancini

Manchester City are no different from the overwhelming majority of teams in the world in that they would love to play like Barcelona and emulate the success of the Spanish giants. Unlike most teams though, City have appointed the top executive team of Ferran Soriano and Txiki Bergiristain the duo that, along with President Joan Laporta, led Barca to their glorious recent history. The Catalan connection is destined to take […]

WEST HAM v MAN CITY - City's bubble remains intact

The question facing Manchester City fans is, do they believe their proverbial glass to be half full or half empty, as their team of defending champions complete more than a quarter of their Premier League fixtures? Theirs is a team with the only unbeaten record in the PL this season – actually stretching back to 16 games – and horror of horrors, they failed to score against a resolute West […]

WEST HAM v MAN CITY - Mancini's men to show their mettle

The Premier League’s only undefeated team could make a Saturday night charge to top the table if they can hammer the ‘Irons’. Manchester City may have lacked the swagger of champions in recent games but, with a quarter of the season gone, Roberto Mancini’s curiously maligned men are within striking distance of the PL summit. With the benefit of a week of playing inactivity, City welcome back two of their […]

MAN CITY v SWANSEA - Mancini playing the long, long game

There’s winning ugly and there’s winning pig ugly and extending this unsightly encounter to make it the longest Premier League fixture in history did nothing to beautify proceedings. A near capacity Etihad crowd endured an additional 12 minutes and 45 seconds after the regulation 90 minutes were interrupted for medical treatment following nasty injuries to Swansea keeper Michel Vorm and Micah Richards. It was a case of quantity over quality […]

MAN CITY v SWANSEA - City in crisis? Don't be daft

Manchester City should be ok today as long as it’s made clear to Roberto Mancini and his first team squad that a team from a ‘foreign’ country does NOT always represent insurmountable European opposition! Forgive the sardonic comment but it’s odds on City will contrive to deliver a singularly underwhelming performance if there’s even a hint of the continent about their opponents. Non-English Swansea, thankfully, don’t qualify. Michael Laudrup’s side […]

AJAX v MAN CITY - First flush of failure

Ajax cleaned up in the Amsterdam ArenA after Manchester City produced a stinking performance that leaves their Champions League campaign in a proper mess. In one of the most liberalized cities in Europe, where cannabis is smoked without a whiff of compunction, City seemed suitably ‘spaced out’. Frank De Boer’s young side simply brushed aside the challenge of the English champions and flushed City’s hopes of qualifying for the knockout […]