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Guardiola's City are gobsmackingly good

Pep Guardiola is letting his Manchester City team do their talking on the pitch in an exciting, exquisite and expressive manner, hitherto unseen in English football. Stylish, stunning and stupendous, it’s beginning to evoke memories of  Guardiola’s Barcelona at their best – a brand of silky smooth, intricate and yet, paradoxically, simplistic play – one which is rapidly exhausting the dictionary of football superlatives. Obviously City have yet to win […]

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 […]

The Pellegrini Paradox

Manuel Pellegrini could yet scale new Champions League peaks in Italy, just four days after Manchester City left their supporters feeling as flat as a mountaineering holiday in Holland. Already qualified for the knockout stages, a win in Turin would guarantee City top slot in Group D, but any repeat of Saturday night’s lily-livered lethargy against Liverpool would see City hard pressed to beat Fray Bentos never mind Juventus. Abject, […]

MP is Minister of Defence for a day

The 170th Manchester derby was a dull affair, even lacking the gloss of a blue and red paint drying competition, bereft of any deft finishing strokes. Grey, drab colourless, the 0-0 stalemate did however reveal that Manuel Pellegrini is prepared to dip into a more varied pallete when looking at the bigger picture. The Chilean ‘Engineer’ has built his managerial reputation on producing masterpieces of attacking football, with City outscoring […]

Summer sizzler leaves City’s rivals in the cold

Superbia in Proelio – just about every Manchester City fan can master at least the one Latin phrase – Pride in Battle. On the basis of a sizzling summer of transfer deals, maybe City fans should add another to their bi-lingual repertoire – Professionales in Negotium – Professional in Business. While Chelsea’s Roman roubles were falling on stony ground at Goodison Park, Arsenal were restricting themselves to just one £11m […]

You’re an embarrassment - The Madness of Mourinho - Man City 3 Chelsea 0

The polarization between two managers and their clubs was never more prominent than in the aftermath of Manchester City’s stylish 3-0 demolition of Chelsea. It was a day that saw the Premier League champions lose more than the three points on offer. They lost their composure on the field but, more tellingly, thanks to the antics of Jose Mourinho and the official Chelsea website, they lost their dignity and defiled […]

City aim for high five advantage & £100m splash before deadline day!

Crisp, stylish and uncluttered – Manchester City’s opening night performance of 2015/16 was a sublime reflection of their new sky blue & white strip – a subtle combination of retro elegance and contemporary flair. Of course first impressions can be deceptive, as a re-invigorated Yaya Toure would readily testify. The giant Ivorian’s brace was later reduced to just the one stunning strike – courtesy of David Silva’s passive heel – […]