Tags archives: capital-one-cup

Time for a proper perspective on Pellegrini - Man City v Newcastle United

So Manchester City are without a win for 10 days. They lost their second Premier League away fixture in more than six months on Saturday, leaving them with more points and better placed than this time last year…the season when Manuel Pellegrini’s team won the title. Holy Sh*t – The Samaritans’ phone lines must be ringing off the hook with around the clock calls from Pellegrini, Ruben Cousillas, Brian Kidd, […]

Lampard in lost New York flight tickets mystery - Man City 7 Sheffield Wednesday 0

Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour and Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak were today trying to explain to ‘Super Frankie Lampard’ the mystery surrounding the loss of his flight tickets to JFK Airport in New York. City’s billionaire benefactor was also at a loss to fathom how all the luxurious 5 Star apartments overlooking Central Park had suddenly gone off the market, and Lampard’s ‘Green Card’ US work permit, had changed colour to sky […]

City out to net capital gain - Man City v Sheffield Wednesday

Manchester City embark on their first domestic cup campaign of the season against Wednesday on a Wednesday, conscious of the need to win and avoid a ‘mourn day’ Thursday. Manuel Pellegrini’s mantra of wanting to win every competition City enter is laudable, especially when so many Premier League managers are all too quick to send out a starting XI of fringe and youth team players. The very last thing the Chilean […]

Everyone’s a winner - MAN CITY 3 SUNDERLAND 1 – LEAGUE CUP FINAL 2014

Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City weren’t the only winners to emerge from an enthralling Capital One Cup Final, where the Sky Blues finally overcame Gus Poyet’s spirited Sunderland. The ‘Football Family’ – the national game in this country – hit new heights of sportsmanship and camaraderie in a remarkable show of respect between two of the most passionate sets of supporters in the land. Never before at a match, have I witnessed […]

Do it for Blue Blood 'Doyley' - MAN CITY v SUNDERLAND - LEAGUE CUP FINAL 2014

When true blue blood skipper Mike Doyle triumphantly held the League Cup aloft at Wembley on February 28th, 1976, who in their worst Manchester City nightmares could have envisaged what was to follow for three-and-a-half decades? Tony Book’s City side were brimming with brilliance and high expectations, acknowledged internationals in every position and a harmonious blend of young talent and established top level experience. Only the tragic loss of Colin […]

City prepare for Hammer time - MAN CITY v WEST HAM UTD

When City skipper Mike Doyle proudly lifted the League Cup at Wembley on the last day of February in 1976, it meant so much to Tony Book’s Sky Blue Army. Little did they know it would take another 35 years before they celebrated any Cup success of any significance. If Vincent Kompany were to follow the example of the sadly-departed ‘Doyley’ on March 2nd , it will doubtless be rapturously […]

1-2-3 it’s all elementary - LEICESTER CITY 1 MAN CITY 3

Serbian sniper fire and a Bosnian hit man combined to deliver a Balkan battering to send Manchester City through to their third ‘League Cup’ semi-final in the past five years. The Foxes of Leicester City found themselves on the run from Manuel Pellegrini’s pack of hunting hounds who, with a best in class ‘Crufts-like’ performance, dispatched the Championship contenders in a one-sided Quarter Final at the King Power Stadium. Even […]

X-Factor or X-rated? LEICESTER CITY v MAN CITY

With silverware in sight will it be a case of all change once again when Manchester City, fresh from beating Bayern Munich and annihilating Arsenal, come into this Capital One Cup quarter final? As City build momentum in their drive to sit aloft the Premier League on New Year’s Day, Manuel Pellegrini is likely to be ringing the changes at the King Power Stadium, for what promises to be a […]

MAN CITY v WIGAN - It's 'pieback' time

Rather like a Manchester Piccadilly tannoy announcement it’ll be a case of ‘All Change…’ at the Etihad Stadium as Manchester City seek payback against the upstarts who deprived them of FA Cup Final glory a mere 136 days ago. Is it me, or am I not alone in feeling that horrible wet May afternoon at Wembley seems an age ago? Time has healed the wounds and all but banished that […]