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City’s ‘Best Ever’ is simply magical

El Mago, Merlin, The Magician – David Silva is all of these and more – but it was Pep Guardiola who astonished Manchester City fans by pulling the proverbial rabbit out of the hat against Crystal Palace. The City boss created his own illusion of smoke and mirrors when The Wizard from Gran Canaria suddenly appeared on the team sheet…as if by magic. Silva, City’s most influential player and, in […]

Pep's potless and Yaya may have a point!

So for the first time as a manager Pep Guardiola, hasn’t won the proverbial ‘pot’ to p*ss in, albeit conventional wisdom has it he would normally drink champagne from trophies won with Barcelona and, or, Bavarian beer from silverware gained with Bayern Munich. But what of it? City’s Catalan boss is arguably the most gifted coach of his generation and among the most successful football managers of all time…and he’s […]

Will it be City’s Dr Jekyll or Mr Hyde who swan in?

Will the real Manchester City please stand up…provided it doesn’t involve tearing a hamstring, straining a calf or sustaining knee ligament damage. Such is the unrelenting nature of City’s injury woes this season, one wonders if Manuel Pellegrini dined in a seafood restaurant the lobster would be off and pulled ‘mussels’ the only item on the menu. Certainly his team have served up some unpalatable ‘mains’ in recent weeks. If […]

City’s soft spot for Bournemouth's beachgoers

The joy of Sergio Aguero’s sensational goals tsunami against a hapless Toon Army was swept away as Manchester City’s number one marksman cut a stricken figure on a South American stretcher. Just five days after racing to the quickest five-goal haul in Premier League history, the Argentine superstar’s torn hamstring plunged City fans into pools of despair, while media pundits salivated at the prospect of the Sky Blues’ Premier and Champion’s […]

Terry grabs silver but Sergio is all gold - Spurs 0 Man City 1

The Sergio Show came to the capital in search of gold rather than silver…and duly gave Spurs the order of the boot. City’s Argentine super striker proved, once again, to be Tottenham’s nemesis, showing the Londoner’s defence a clean pair of heels as he sealed City’s 1-0 win – the now dethroned Champion’s eighth victory in their last nine league encounters with the not-so-hot Spurs. In one exquisite move from […]

Milestones, mishaps & 'miracles' - Man City 3 WBA 0

There was something distinctly surreal about City’s routine seasonal home win over the not-so ‘Boing Boing Baggies’. The dreaded lunchtime kick-off and the aftermath of Wednesday night’s humbling in Barcelona, meant this was always going to be an understated affair…but still, it managed to produce its fair share of shocks and surprises. A sending off with 89 seconds of kick-off is unusual, even more so when it’s the wrong player being shown […]

City tune up The Toon...now bring on Barca!

Manchester City’s past and present personnel combined to brighten Manuel Pellegrini’s immediate future, as his team strives to retain their Premier League title. The Etihad superstars of the here and now duly murdered Newcastle’s visiting Magpies – as they have done for nearly a decade – after the unheralded City youngsters of yesteryear did their former employers a massive modern day favour. A five star showing and a 5-0 roasting […]

Manuel has no ideas in dunce's corner - Man City 1 Hull City 1

Trust, like reputation, is a priceless virtue. A highly valued but incredibly vulnerable commodity, it accumulates over a prolonged period. Conversely, it’s always at risk if new realities crash in and established perceptions are swept away. Manuel Pellegrini now finds himself at a crossroads in his brief, but hitherto highly successful time as manager of Manchester City. The trust and belief in the affable, professorial-like Chilean is under scrutiny like […]

Chelsea’s ‘Special Coach’ – park it over there mate!

Jose Mourinho has an obvious affinity with large passenger transport vehicles. He is very adept at parking buses and, in his capacity as a coach, the removal of his teeth would ordinarily accommodate 52 seats. But for once – sadly, probably just the once – Jose is keeping his poisonous ‘Norf & Sarf’ shut. The self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ is in a strop and seeking to perpetuate the myth that his […]

On song or off key? Chelsea v Man City

There’s a fat lady in London SW 6 preparing to break into song tonight. If the obese vocalist is moved to belt out a chorus in the wake of a Chelsea win, it’ll mean Jose Mourinho’s team will have to hit some seriously bum notes to allow Manchester City back into title contention. In the lyrics of another football-loving singer, Elton John, ‘Saturday night’s alright for fighting…’ and, metaphorically speaking, […]