Pilot Jose heading for a crash? MAN CITY v CHELSEA

Jose Mourinho might have been a pilot if he hadn’t become the hugely successful, high-flying football manager that we have all (bar Chelseas fans) grown to loathe and detest.

When I say ‘pilot’ I don’t mean of the airline variety, no.

Jose would have excelled in agriculture or equine circles as he shovelled manure and ‘piled it’ over here and ‘piled it’ over there, in fact, piled sh*t just about everywhere.

So near yet so far - City need a change of fortune against Mourinho Courtesy @MCFC

So near yet so far – City need a change of fortune against Mourinho Courtesy @MCFC

It’s a dubious skill that he has displayed in abundance in the past few days, throwing the smelly stuff at Manchester City with his daily guttural utterances about anything and everything, desperately trying to undermine Manuel Pellegrini and provoke a tit-for-tat spat with the cool Chilean.

Not content with his ‘Little Horse’ analogy in the Premier League title race, Jose has branded Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger as a ‘specialist in failure’ and sought to pressure Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool, claiming the Scousers have an advantage due to their lack of European competition involvement.

Just 12 days on since ‘Maureen’ managed to carve out a deserved 1-0 PL victory at the Etihad, he’s back to contest a 5th Round FA Cup clash with Pellegrini, a man for whom he displays a disproportionate malicious malevolence,

Why he feels the need to be so vitriolic and vile towards the statesman-like City boss, only the ‘Snearing One’ can fathom. Alas, he’s normally had the measure of his foe having won seven out of nine previous encounters in both La Liga and the PL.

Stick one on Jose - Pellegrini would love to beat the Portuguese poison tonight  Courtesy @MCFC

Stick one on Jose – Pellegrini would love to beat the Portuguese poison tonight Courtesy @MCFC

A City side shorn of Aguero, Fernandinho and Nasri ran out of ideas on the night of February 3rd when they fired blanks for the first time in 62 PL home games, surrendering their 100% home after 11 consecutive wins.

Samir should make a welcome return after a seven-game absence, having recovered quicker than anticipated from the assault and battery by Newcastle’s despicable Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

The French playmaker has been sorely missed in this, his third and finest, season in sky blue. More tellingly though Aguero and Fernandinho will once again be missing, as they may well be against Barcelona on Tuesday night.

Sensational Samir - Nasri is back in this his best season with City Courtesy @MCFC

Sensational Samir – Nasri is back in this his best season with City Courtesy @MCFC

It’s a massive blow at such a crucial period. The return of Spanish defensive midfielder Javi Garcia is of small comfort, compared with the loss of his South American team mates.

Rumours abound that for some inexplicable reason ‘The Snide Sniper’ might be tempted to put out a mixture of first team regulars and squad players against City. Forever why?

Unlike City, Chelsea have the luxury of not playing a vital Champions League tie approximately 72 hours after this tie.

Can you imagine the stench coming out of Stamford Bridge if the situation had been reversed, and it was they who had to plan for a Euro blockbuster, and not City?

Off the treatment table and the bench? Will Javi Garcia start tonight? Courtesy @MCFC

Off the treatment table and the bench? Will Javi Garcia start tonight? Courtesy @MCFC

Jose would be belly-aching and ‘sinking’ there was a conspiracy to help City just as there is with FFP, as there was when Yaya Toure avoided a violent conduct charge and, as there has been all season long in giving City the benefit of every contentious decision.

Spherical objects to that little lot Jose!

The proverbial needle is stuck in Mourinho’s record, it’s a shame someone can’t administer a pin-prick to Jose’s gigantic gob and render his larynx lifeless.

How Manuel would love to shut Mourinho’s mahussive mouth up. His players were unexpectedly rested when gale force winds blew City’s midweek fixture with Sunderland off the schedule, but it doesn’t ease his selection dilemma ahead of the visit of Messi, Neymar, Iniesta etc.

Screw rotation - Captain Kompany is needed to dump Chelsea out of the FA Cup Courtesy @MCFC

Screw rotation – Captain Kompany is needed to dump Chelsea out of the FA Cup Courtesy @MCFC

This might be ‘old school’ and out of kilter with modern day football management but, is it really asking too much for a collection of professional footballers to give two 100% performances within the space of a few days?

I think not.

In the 1970s and 80’s you’d have a squad of  maybe 15 players work their way through 70 odd games, often playing on mud heap pitches with heavy footballs, match after match after match.

Nowadays the pitches are horticultural works of art, the footballs lightweight and the players benefiting from sports science and bespoke diet and nutritional programmes.

Much is made about the ‘demands of the modern game’ and the speed at which it is played. Injuries are an omnipresent risk, but that aside, City just need to go easy on the training between Saturday and Tuesday evening.

Will Pants start ahead of Joe? City should just go for it tonight with their strongest team  Courtesy @MCFC

Will Pants start ahead of Joe? City should just go for it tonight with their strongest team Courtesy @MCFC

As a season ticket holder of more years than I’d care to remember, I for one will despair if the likes of Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Yaya and Silva are ‘rested’ today with a view to the Champions League game.

Yes the CL is the ‘Holy Grail’ for Sheikh Mansour, Khaldoon, Ferran, Txiki and Manuel, but let’s not put all the eggs in the one basket.

If City take to the field with a centre back pairing of Joleon Lescott and Martin Demichelis,  we may as well pack up and save all the fans travelling in the atrocious weather.

If the match goes ahead there’ll be a storm brewing from irate fans if City deliver a defensive display akin to the last FA Cup outing against Watford.

Torrid time - Demichelis has performed poorly in recent games Courtesy @MCFC

Torrid time – Demichelis has performed poorly in recent games Courtesy @MCFC

Pellegrini has already stated that he isn’t prepared to change City’s open and attacking style of play. Laudable sentiments indeed, but by the same token, he cannot risk having his midfield corps outnumbered and overrun as happened in the recent 1-0 reversal.

Demichelis was drafted in as a holding midfielder that night such was the list of City’s walking wounded with Milner, Garcia and Rodwell deemed either not fit or capable.

With a much vaunted 115 goals scored this season, Pellegrini’s philosophy of attack being City’s best form of defence, has been successful, but without Sergio it loses a massive dimension.

The Beast has done wonderfully well in his debut season, but seems still to be carrying the after effects of the shoulder injury sustained last month.

Beastie Boy - Negredo is shouldering much of the goalscoring 'burden' in Sergio's absence Courtesy @MCFC

Beastie Boy – Negredo is shouldering much of the goalscoring ‘burden’ in Sergio’s absence Courtesy @MCFC

Dzeko will forever be an enigma to many City fans. Likeable and amiable his goals- to-games ratio of 17 scored in 33 games this season is impressive on paper. However, given the number of chances he squanders or the opportunities he fails to anticipate, it actually represents an inadequate return.

I’d love nothing more than to bask in the big Bosnian’s ongoing success at City but he needs to be prolific and not profligate if City are to pass acid tests in the absence of Aguero.

Chelsea could be without their preferred central defensive pairing of Terry and Cahill due to injuries. Edin has to capitalise and display courage and conviction, traits often dormant in his play.

Last season City lost out on the big prizes mainly due to player indifference towards a manager who had ostracized many of his key performers.

AA - Dzeko needs to inject aggression and anticipation into his game  Courtesy @MCFC

AA – Dzeko needs to inject aggression and anticipation into his game Courtesy @MCFC

Pellegrini, unlike Mancini, seems to command the respect and admiration of his squad. It seems more likely that it will be injuries, if anything, that deny the club some, but not all, of the glittering prizes on offer.

Should the wheel come off the ‘quad bike’ today then City go to tricycle mode heading to Tuesday night. If City can emerge undefeated from the first leg with Barcelona – without Aguero and Fernandinho – I for one would have confidence that a full strength City can do the job at the Nou Camp.

But, in keeping with the ‘each game at a time’ mantra let’s hope Mourinho ends up eating what he could have been piling all these years later tonight.




By David Walker




  1. February 15, 2014  9:41 am by Simon Dear Reply

    Brilliant pre match read and gets the blood pumping for what should make for a ding dong affair later. I think most neutral fans are actually rooting for us to despatch Maureen's mob and wouldn't it be great for MP to shut that vile biggots mouth ( well at least until the press conference ) . Like you say the special needs one has gone into overdrive recently trying to get his team any slight psychological advantage he can , what City need to is go into the game with the mentality of knowing if we had beat Sunderland in the week we would be top of the league now and are bookies favourites in every domestic competition. ( something not lost on Maureen ) .
    These games don't come any bigger now & I just hope that we don't try and be too clever by trying to rest players, if anything they will need a game or some will not have played for 10 days or more before Tues which in itself can be even more damaging than playing too many games. When you are winning you can play every day to coin a phrase often used, yes we cld pick up injuries but I'd rather like most City fans see us really go for it tonight under the flood lights and get the feel good factor back for Tues , and I totally agree we just need to stay in the Barca game .. I would take a 0-0 now back to the Camp Nou with Aguero and Ferna back in the team, we can go there and a score draw would see us through.
    We can use the midweek rest to our advantage tonight but only if we play our strongest team, you can count on Maureen doing the same.

    • February 15, 2014  9:59 am by David Walker Reply

      Just about written your own blog there Simon! Cheers as ever fella. #MCFCBLUEBROS

  2. February 15, 2014  9:46 am by Susan Richardson Reply

    Couldn't agree more Jose is an odious piece of work and hopefully Karma will kick him in the 'sphericals' later today.

    • February 15, 2014  9:57 am by David Walker Reply

      Crystal balls - if we only we go foretell the result!

  3. February 15, 2014  9:51 am by Graham Ward Reply

    Hard to see how this one will go. The conditions are likely to be poor again, it's raining as I write, and has been since the early hours of this morning. A couple of local games at least (Bury, Macclesfield) have already been called off due to waterlogged pitches.
    I would like to see Hart in goal, but I think Pellegrini will go with Pants. I still think we'll have a competitive XI out there. Here's to a good game, a City win, and Maureen moaning!

    • February 15, 2014  9:58 am by David Walker Reply

      As stated Graham - full strength team barring injuries - no messing about.

  4. February 15, 2014  9:53 am by Ian Reply

    Cannot disagree with anything you say, hope the team & crowd ram it down the special needs one's throat by 7.00 pm tonight.

    • February 15, 2014  9:57 am by David Walker Reply

      We gotta make a lot of noise and cheer on those City boys!

  5. February 15, 2014  10:43 am by Mole Rocks Reply

    When Jose first came to the Premiership he was a breath of fresh air, it seems since then the success has turned him. The eye gouging incident being a particular low point.

    The more we see and hear of Manuel, the more I feel City made a great choice going for a manager whose focus does revolve around receiving constant adulation from the media.

    A victory would be a welcome boost after a couple of difficult games and a perfect preparation for Tuesday.

    If the wheels are starting to come off the City wagon it will be disappointing, however City are still progressing in every direction.

    We have still never had it so good!

    In MP we trust!

  6. February 15, 2014  10:45 am by Mole Rocks Reply

    That was supposed to read 'doesn't revolve...' :-)

  7. February 15, 2014  11:15 am by Fifthcolumnblue Reply

    I don't believe for one minute that Moaninho will rest any of his players - he is merely hoping that he can ambush us by feigning injuries, then watching as we put out a second string team in order to rest players for the big one on Tuesday night.

    TBH, much as the special prick grinds my gears, I won't be terribly upset if a largely second string team do go down by the odd goal to Chelsea - yes, would be nice to shut the gloating gobshited git up and keep the quadruple dreams alive, but ultimately, the CL and League are what really matter to me - and I suspect to our owners.

    And just imagine the egg on Jose's face if a weakened City team managed to "Do a Bayern" and beat his rabble? That would be lovely

  8. February 15, 2014  11:17 am by Toby Teasdale Reply

    Busy day today. Hoping to see BP play Warrington (KO 2:15) and then scoot across to the Etihad in time for kick off. My satnav says I can be done, but I will need to move faster than Di Michelis and Garcia to do it. Can I have your spot in the press car park Dave?

    In sporting 'one on one's' (boxing, tennis, batsman/bowler), winding up your opponent (taunting, grunting or sledging) can work. But sometimes it has the reverse effect, as Max Schmeling learnt against Joe Louis. MP says it's simply Maureen getting his excuses in early. Anyway let's hope he's motivated our boys sufficiently to wipe the sneer from his revolting countenance.

    Apart from the merde stirring and his narcissism, the thing that really pees me off, is watching the 'little Gobshite' strolling out of the technical area onto the touchline (whilst the 4th official is picking his nose). I would pay to see Yaya in overdrive, tearing down the touchline side wipe him into the crowd (hopefully landing on his son's thermos ). But then again, that would probably carry a life ban.

  9. February 15, 2014  11:51 am by ham Reply

    Hi Dane,
    As a neutral Im not sure whether mourinhio will prioritise the FA cup, will in my mind not field a full strength team,
    not sure even if pellegrini would be that bothered to go out either, surely the champions/premier league is more important, think this games means more to the fans than to the overall picture.
    hoping for another classic though, will obviously as a spurs fan love to see you stuff the much hated chavs

    • February 15, 2014  3:46 pm by David Walker Reply

      What with Ham & Dane, there's something of a bacon theme emerging here :-)

      Hope we can beat 'The Snear' - horrible man - unlike that very polite Mr Sherwood of yours.

      Cheers fella - order of the boot underway - scheduled for delivery next week!

      • February 15, 2014  4:28 pm by ham Reply

        Of course your a top man.
        and even if the worst happens and the chavs get one over,
        we all must not give a sausage,
        then lets let bai cons be baicons..

        • February 16, 2014  8:55 am by David Walker Reply

          Crackling comments, hope you're not telling porkies!

  10. February 15, 2014  11:53 am by ham Reply

    sorry DAVE lol dane .!!!

  11. February 15, 2014  3:36 pm by carol Reply

    Oh Davy, I hope we can kick his arse all the way back to Portugal, my views on him are well known to you and while I must say I find his touch line Rumpelstiltskin impressions faintly amusing I hope we stuff the b*****ds fair and square tonight

    • February 15, 2014  3:42 pm by David Walker Reply

      And so say all of us! Be brave Blondie - sit on the settee if you're not at the Etihad!

  12. February 16, 2014  7:32 am by Pete Lynch Reply

    Superb David, makes even more sense after we h3 won and shut the rat up!

    • February 16, 2014  8:56 am by David Walker Reply

      Cheers Pete - it was sweet, very very sweet.

  13. February 16, 2014  7:49 pm by Toby Teasdale Reply

    Come on David you're slacking!

    Monday Chelsea 24 shots; Saturday 3 (none on target). Reminds me of when the ragamuffins parked the bus at the Etihad during our championship winning season.

    From memory Mikel for Terry, was only CFC change. And although the chavs have made him their scapegoat, he (IMO) wasn't significantly worse than other Chelsea players. Hazard, Mondays MOTM, seemed a little leggy (as he did against West Brom) but still looked a class act.

    City had 6 changes. Pantilimon for Hart, Clichy for Kolarov, Lescott for Nastasic, Garcia for Di Michelis and Milner for Navas Jovetic for Negredo. They kept to 4:4:2, attacking mostly through the middle, occasionally down the right and not at all down the left.

    Clichy left ZERO open space for Hazard and Willian to exploit. Garcia, sitting in front of the back four, had his best ever game for City. Where's this boy been hiding?

    It seems that Pellegrini is at last getting the hang of playing motor mouth. Maybe they'll meet again in CL?

    • February 16, 2014  8:26 pm by David Walker Reply

      Hush TT - read the bloody match report! Cheeky sod! ;-)

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