Tags archives: pep-guardiola

Guardiola’s Groundhog Day

Pre-match it was puzzling and potentially perplexing. City’s starting XI suggested an uncharacteristically cautious – almost negative – approach from the Catalan genius. Whatever misgivings soon gave way to the usual sentiments of ‘In Pep We Trust’. As fans and mere mortals, who were we to question the thinking of the club’s most successful manager? Post match it was painful and, with the benefit of hindsight, predictable that a master […]

Adios El Mago - City's finest

Jordan Henderson winning the Footballer of the Year Award makes it all the more staggering, outrageous, pathetic – at this point you can choose your own adjectives – that David Silva has won next to no personal awards in his decade in the Premier League. It isn’t intended as a pop at the Liverpool captain’s achievement – as subjective as it is since it’s voted on by football ‘journalists’, the […]

Manchester City deserve a level playing field...don't they?

The polarization of Manchester City hit new heights and plumbed unchartered depths following the club’s win at the Court of Arbitration for Sport – CAS – and the overturning of the two year Champions League ban imposed by UEFA. At one end of the spectrum you’ll find words such as ‘totally exonerated’, ‘innocent’ and ‘vindicated’ – at the other, you have ‘got away with it’, ‘technically guilty’ and ‘pyrrhic victory’. […]

City’s actions speak louder than poisonous prose and a malicious media

This brief article is not about any kind of pathetic, petty point scoring. It’s just a few hundred words about perspective and priorities, as the Coronavirus sweeps across the face of the earth, squeezing the life out of thousands upon thousands of victims. As the pandemic gathers pace we’re all having to adjust to a ‘new normal’ in our daily routines. Football, like many aspects of our lives, has to […]

City lost but nobody died at the Etihad

The legendary Bill Shankly is accredited as saying: “Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I don’t like that attitude. I can assure them it’s much more serious than that.” Whether his words were ironic or sincere, it’s still a great quote from the ex-Liverpool manager but, either way, they don’t stack up in reality. When Anthony Martial put Manchester United 2-0 up against Manchester City […]

Don’t look back in anger – sometimes it’s easier said than done…

Noel Gallagher created it, Oasis conquered the world with it and Manchester City’s long suffering, but always resilient, supporters adopted and adapted it! Don’t Look Back in Anger is one of the most incredible and enduring rock ‘anthems’ of modern times and now, 23 years after it hit the Number One slot, it’s the title of a book written by City fans for City fans. The description ‘by the fans […]

Why City are once again the favourites of 'neutral' fans

It’s an alien concept to a whole generation of Manchester City supporters to think City were once – by and large – the nation’s favourite ‘second team’, the one for which opposition fans had a bit of a ‘soft spot’. It stemmed from always being in the shadow of the loathed neighbours from Trafford Borough. City were the antithesis of Fergie’s arrogant, big spenders who dominated English football. The levels […]

Ravenous City put Premier League three-peat on the menu

‘Have the lambs stopped screaming?’ It’s a chilling line delivered by serial killer Hannibal ‘The Cannibal’ Lecter in the famous 1991 Hollywood thriller, ‘The Silence of the Lambs’. Fast forward 28 years and a similar question could be asked of the red Merseyside-dominated media mafia, ‘Have the Scousers stopped bleating?’ In the way that Sir Anthony Hopkins’ human flesh-eating character would skin, butcher and devour his victims, Pep Guardiola’s back-to-back […]

City are ready to battle opponents both on and off the field

It appears to be only a matter of time before FIFA announce a transfer ban on Manchester City. Rumours abound that football’s ultra corrupt global governing body, is ready to fire the opening shots, in what appears to be a concerted campaign to damage the Abu Dhabi-owned Champions of England. Whether there’s any substance for FIFA aggression, in relation to City breaching rules on youth player recruitment, remains to be […]

City must fight till the end…and win

With Manchester City seemingly under investigation by everybody apart from fictional sleuths Inspector Clouseau, Poirot and Sherlock Holmes, there’s never been a more apt moment for the Sky Blues to apply their modern day mantra of ‘Fight Till The End’. For the conspiracy theorists who believe everybody is ‘out to get City’, it won’t come as any great surprise that the world and his wife have suddenly emerged from the […]