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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 […]

City's Chappy chat is great pep talk for Philip

When you’re a lifelong Manchester City fan and you’re ‘feeling blue’ you either need a pep talk – or better still – a Chappy chat. With Pep Guardiola presiding over the club’s thrilling Champions League comeback win over Monaco – it was left to City’s Master of Mirth & Merriment, Les Chapman, to bring even more joy to true blue, Philip Entwistle. Philip, a Maine Road and Etihad season ticket […]

After a Perfect 10 Pep wants a Magnificent Seven

Fast tempo, high intensity and tactically savvy – all the traits you’d expect from a Pep Guardiola team – the only discrepancy being this was Celtic for over an hour, as Manchester City’s sensational 100% winning start to the season was halted in a feisty Battle of Britain. Pep’s previously all-conquering City leaked goals like a ruptured drain on a horrible rain-swept night in Glasgow. A clear offside decision that […]

Tuned in City tune up United

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City were pitch perfect and on a superior wavelength as they left Manchester United quivering in the shockwaves of a sky blue derby day win. Mourinho’s mob were left twiddling with the knobs of an old wireless, while Pep’s men sent out a high frequency signal, one that will be received with trepidation by the rest of the Premier League. City’s players have attuned remarkably quickly to the carefully crafted football choreography […]

United won the derby but City look real winners

Stating the obvious, but losing to your most hated enemy is never a good thing. When City capitulated 1-0 to United at the Etihad on March 20th  it was a horrible gut churning experience, just as it had been when the Blues slumped to a 4-2 defeat at The Swamp last season. But, and it’s a sizeable ‘BUT’, in adversity lies opportunity and opportunity is knocking on Manuel Pellegrini’s door […]

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 figuring out 50th Manchester derby win

Manchester City’s most recent Premier League outings have resulted in landslide victories of 6-1 and 5-1 – score lines that resonate well beyond wins over Newcastle United and Bournemouth. Of course, the figures also add up to City’s biggest ever league wins over their hated foe from Trafford Borough – 1-6 on January 23rd, 1926, more recently the famous ‘Sick Swan’ on October 23rd, 2011 – both on enemy territory, […]

City’s new Champions League theme – Cum on Feel the Noize!

‘We Fight Till The End, We Fight Till The End, We’re Man City We Fight Till The End…’ It’s a rousing terrace war cry and one rapidly becoming Manchester City’s Champions League campaign theme in 2015/16. Last gasp winners against Borussia Moenchengladach and Sevilla have seen City snatch six points in nerve-shredding, nail-biting encounters in a fiercely competitive Group D. The joy and relief was palpable as City’s flame-haired Belgian […]

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 […]

Manuel plans Magpie murder in Manchester

If somebody said Manchester City had every chance of topping the Premier League – at least seven points clear of Chelsea – going into the second international break of the season, who in sky blue, wouldn’t have taken it? By the same token, how many City fans would have turned down the prospect of a historic Champions League win on German soil and being well poised in a very challenging […]