Rome in ruins, now City go for Leicester’s Legions – Leicester City v Man City

Manchester City’s strength in depth is amply demonstrated in that Manuel Pellegrini could recall Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, David Silva, Stevan Jovetic, Aleksander Kolarov, Bacary Sagna and Frank Lampard for the visit to Leicester City – none of whom started that glorious night in Rome.

Calling the tune - Manuel is spoilt for choice in his pre-Christmas first team selection box. Courtesy@MCFC

Calling the tune – Manuel is spoilt for choice in his pre-Christmas first team selection box. Courtesy@MCFC

The City boss is spoilt for choice as injuries heal and suspensions don’t apply, but he has to strike the right balance between fresh legs and player rotation on the one hand, and continuity and a winning consistency on the other.

Shorn of their talismanic superstar Sergio Aguero, City were expected to take timid, faltering steps during their Champions League showdown in the Stadio Olimpico, culminating in inglorious failure.

In recording a euphoric Champions League win over AS Roma, they took hefty big strides towards confounding their critics and still having enough spring in their step to kick the biased bastard press where it hurts…right in the editorial columns!

Gladiator - Zaba brought Roma to their knees. Courtesy@MCFC

Gladiator – Zaba brought Roma to their knees. Courtesy@MCFC

Henry Winter, Martin Samuel, Oliver Holt and a handful of others aside, the Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool loving louse of the media can’t stomach City’s success.

It’s ironic that a journalist of the standing of the magnificent Samuel, works for the same paymasters as the nefarious Neil Ashton and some no-mark maggot called Magee at the Daily Fail.

And according to the Grauniad’s resident jaundiced jerk, Jamie Jackson, City produced a ‘…disjointed display against Serie A’s second placed side, one who made City look like a band of naive millionaire footballers led by a manager, Manuel Pellegrini, whose tactical nous at this level is questionable.’

What a contemptible arse-wipe you are JJ!

Man of the Moment - Sergio earned well deserved recognition as Barclays Player of the Month in November. Courtesy@MCFC

Man of the Moment – Sergio earned well deserved recognition as Barclays Player of the Month in November. Courtesy@MCFC

Anyway back to football.

Healthy competition for places in City’s star spangled squad, should guard against complacency as the Sky Blues – minus Sergio – go searching for a fifth consecutive Premier League win, and their seventh on the bounce including victories over Bayern Munich and the Italians.

The transformation in City’s performances – not just the results – and confidence levels, have been as dramatic as they have been joyous since the last international break.

With Chelsea surging eight points clear, Pellegrini had called for eight league wins before the end of 2014 to stay within touching distance of Mourinho’s runaway leaders.

Magnifique - Samir has been superb in City's winning run. Courtesy@MCFC

Magnifique – Samir has been superb in City’s winning run. Courtesy@MCFC

After maximum points from Swansea, Southampton, Sunderland and Everton, City’s now very well trusted MP, is halfway to a full house. Never mind being tactile with Chelsea, the Mancunians are breathing down the back of Maureen’s neck.

After Leicester come Crystal Palace, WBA and Burnley all very winnable fixtures, but City mustn’t take anything for granted, having already come a cropper against first Stoke, and then West Ham, in games they were expected to win.

Nigel Pearson’s Foxes are rock bottom and winless in the league since a rather splendid 5-3 whipping of Louis Van Gutteral’s Gaalacticos back in September.

Three's a welcome crowd - Jovetic, Yaya and Kompany could all return at Leicester. Courtesy@MCFC

Three’s a welcome crowd – Jovetic, Yaya and Kompany could all return at Leicester. Courtesy@MCFC

With only two points from the last possible 30, Pearson is a favourite with the bookies to be the first managerial casualty in the Premier League this season. Their 10 points from 15 fixtures is their joint worst ever return at this stage of any top flight campaign.

City must add to Leicester’s woes and enhance their away record which, at 17 points taken from 24, is presently the best in the league.

Ex-City keeper Kasper Schmeichel will be missing between the posts having been touched by the curse of the metatarsal. His broken foot gives Ben Hamer the opportunity to impress, in only his second ever PL appearance.

Silva delight as Nasri struck gold in Rome...but not according to poisonous sections of the press.

Silva delight as Nasri struck gold in Rome…but not according to poisonous sections of the press.

Doubts still remain whether Captain Kompany and Merlin Silva will actually start, or whether Pellegrini, buoyed by City’s brilliance in the Eternal City, will ease them in gently, from the substitutes’ bench.

Yaya Toure will be returning, after sitting out the second of his three match Champions League ban against Roma. It’ll be interesting to see if Pellegrini sticks with his slightly more cautious, but highly effective 4-5-1 or 4-2-3-1 formation.

It paid big dividends in Rome with Fernando and Fernandinho combining to put in a near peerless double act, protecting the back four.

Daily Fail - Maggot Andrew Magee described David Silva's celebration as 'half-hearted'. What a knob!

Daily Fail – Maggot Andrew Magee described David Silva’s celebration as ‘half-hearted’. What a knob!

Any more repeats of that calibre would leave Yaya free to move up field in direct support of a lone striker – Dzeko or Jovetic – in the absence of Aguero.

Sergio’s countryman, Leonardo Ulloa, although uncapped by Argentina, is Leicester’s main threat and top scorer with half-a-dozen goals in 15 games. He raised big smiles in Manchester when bagging a brace against Manure.

Any chance of a repeat would get an ice cold reception from Pellegrini, just at a time when City are cutting back on their laundry bills and keeping clean sheets.

The Cleaners - Joe & Gael have been instrumental in stemming the numbers rising in City's Goals Against column. Courtesy@MCFC

The Cleaners – Joe & Gael have been instrumental in stemming the numbers rising in City’s Goals Against column. Courtesy@MCFC

Conversely, Leicester have shut out the opposition just twice all season, and with Nasri, Jovetic, Dzeko, Silva, Navas and Milner all keen to get their strikes way, it could be a busy second outing for young Hamer.

It’s extremely unlikely to be ‘as you were’ or anything approaching ‘all change’ as The Engineer fine tunes his purring machine, but whoever represents City needs to be as ruthless with the legions of Leicester as they were in ruining Rome.

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16 Comments

  1. December 12, 2014  8:39 pm by Michael Dillon Reply

    Great article as usual David,glad u got stuck into that Jamie Jackson is he for real that guy,the only journalist in Rome who thought we were disjointed and poor,never got a good word to say about us.Anyway never mind the jealous haters we go marching on and looking in top shape to defend this title.All the best

    • December 12, 2014  10:05 pm by David Walker Reply

      Cheers MD - these football writers must be deluded if they believe they can feed propaganda that is totally at odds with reality to their readers. More fool the people who buy these rags - both tabloid and the old school broadsheets, admittedly now downsized and dumbed down. JJ is one of the worst offenders, but think of the inner turmoil he suffers every time City win, the poor fella will be a basket case within the next two or three years.

  2. December 12, 2014  8:40 pm by simon hancox Reply

    Just dont listen or read that shite in the press these days dave ....... just smile and think about zabba n the boys shuttin the c@#ts up week after week ... great read as always

    • December 12, 2014  9:18 pm by David Walker Reply

      So many of them are beyond contempt.

  3. December 12, 2014  8:54 pm by Susan Richardson Reply

    Thanks David let's hope we top off a busy week with a thumping win, the best answer to our critics. The venomous hacks stooped to new depths this week some pretty pureile articles and the boring ruining football with oil money jibe - very poor.

    • December 12, 2014  9:59 pm by David Walker Reply

      Oh so predictable - one can only assume their respective Editors are of the same mind, they're the ones countenancing the crap that masquerades as copy. As a former mainstream journalist who wrote for many of these titles - albeit News not Sport - these 'journalists' are an embarrassment.

  4. December 12, 2014  9:06 pm by Doug Henshaw Reply

    I just keep smiling Dave at the thought of those journalists having to rewrite the headlines after the victory in Rome. How it must of sickened some of them gutter press springs to mind. Hopefully 3pts on sat will do nicely. Great read again Dave i so look forward to my readbutneverred. PS how long have i got the milk monitor job for.

    • December 12, 2014  9:56 pm by David Walker Reply

      It's quite sad really that they are so desperate to hang on to the clichés that describe City, first and foremost, in monetary terms and way down the list comes the quality of our play. Our players are all millionaires - same as most top clubs in world football - but City's squad are just a bunch of mercenaries, obviously Manure, Chelski, Arsehole's Whingers and Brenda's Boys are there because they all dreamed of playing for their respective clubs whilst still in nappies.

      Utter and contemptible spherical objects.

      As long as nothing curdles, you have the job until the New Year ;-)

  5. December 12, 2014  9:26 pm by Gary Reply

    Its hard, when you sit near the media section at the etihad, not to seek out these clowns. They get paid to be there and get treated well by the club. Have you seen the food they get for free? Not to mention the football on display. The Guardian's pair of Jamie and Daniel struggle to hide their affiliation with the red side of Manchester, tweeting more the other day about Chris Smalling being out for 2 weeks than City in Rome, despite their employers flying them to Italy. Leave them to their miserable scribblings, they are the true 'bitters' in this football business

    • December 12, 2014  9:50 pm by David Walker Reply

      These 'writers' are so biased that they do the readers of their 'newspapers' a disservice. Surely readers are looking for a degree of impartiality and objectivity and they get this unbridled shyte. Actions speak louder than words. City will keep on winning and the tribal rants of these clowns will be seen for what they are - hate filled propaganda for the old guard of English football.

  6. December 12, 2014  9:46 pm by simon hancox Reply

    Seek and destroy at will dave ....

    • December 12, 2014  10:17 pm by David Walker Reply

      We sit close to the media section and I've chatted with Martin Samuel and Paul Hayward - top blokes - but obviously in free and democratic society everybody has the right to freedom of speech.

  7. December 13, 2014  12:37 am by Mark Shaw Reply

    Great read as always, David.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again. Members of Her Majesty's gutter press should have to undergo an IQ test to be able to report on football games. I'm left wondering if any of them passed their 11 Plus and weren't in "Remedial" Education classes at school. Some of the utterly contemptible tripe that gets put out by these so-called "journalists" is so off the mark it's really quite laughable!

    • December 13, 2014  8:52 am by David Walker Reply

      As long as it's MCFC, and all of those associated with the club who laugh longest and loudest, then we can treat the scrawlings of these 'gentlemen of the press' with the contempt they deserve.

  8. December 13, 2014  2:42 am by Chris Williams Reply

    Great no holes barred comments on the dirty Journo's obviously intent on besmirching City at every given opportunity. Had it of been the Rags or Chelsea who'd of turned certain elimination from CL with difficult must win games against Bayern & Roma with superb wins, the Media would of been beside themselves with praise and adulation. I think the time has come for City to look at taking some of these idiots to task and invite them to explain their vitriol towards our great Club.

    The six points gained from our last two matches in the CL Group were outstanding and should of been reported as such.

    • December 13, 2014  8:02 am by David Walker Reply

      We must allow these individuals to write their poison otherwise we lose the moral high ground. If we give them enough rope...

      They will be marginalised eventually and their twisted personal agendas exposed for what they are - bitter vitriol. I wonder how their editors will react to falling levels of circulation and a lack of positive engagement with their readers? Thanks for reading & your feedback.

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