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Txiki is City’s ‘Loan Arranger’

Does Txiki Begiristain deserve a tick in the box or a ticking off, after presiding over eight transfer windows since joining Manchester City in October 2012? With the summer transfer window creaking on its hinges ready to slam shut tonight, City’s Director of Football seems to be putting together more loan deals than Wonga, Amigo and Pounds to Pocket, combined. Maybe he should consider changing his nickname from Txiki to […]

‘F’ in Manchester! – Man City 0 Stoke City 1

A certain ‘F’ word was prominent in the vocabulary ringing around the Etihad Stadium less than 48 hours ago. The Champions of England had huffed and puffed but failed to penetrate a wall of well marshalled red and white stripes, succumbing to a shock home defeat to Mark Hughes’ Stoke City. Another ‘F’ word was on the lips of Manchester City fans as it appeared that Colombia’s finest, high grade export would have […]

M&M – The massive difference between Manuel and Mark – Man City v Stoke City

Manchester City’s meteoric evolution comes into sharp perspective today when Manuel Pellegrini’s side face Stoke, managed by Mark Hughes, the City boss when ‘the money’ first swept in from Abu Dhabi. The speed of change since September 2008 at the then named, City of Manchester Stadium, means it’s more apt to describe the Sky Blues’ transformation, as revolutionary, but like many historical revolts, things didn’t always go to plan. Hughes […]

Pellegrini plays it pretty ugly - MAN CITY 1 STOKE CITY 0

It was frustrating and laboured, it lacked inspiration and flair, it wasn’t pretty it touched upon ugly…but it was winning and sometimes that’s all that matters. It was huff and puff instead of zip and zest, one goal not five, six or seven, but whichever way it was packaged it was a means to an end and a route to three invaluable points that could see Manchester City crowned Premier League champions […]

City aim for Super Six on the bounce - MAN CITY v STOKE

Manchester City’s much anticipated midweek gastronomic delight at European football’s top table left a nasty bout of lingering indigestion. What should have been a taste bud tingling excursion into haute cuisine was ruined by a decidedly sour swede and news that the caviar and champagne had been cancelled. So-called experts of football fayre claim the menu was a little too rich for City, that Manuel Pellegrini and his team were […]

STOKE 0 MAN CITY 0 - Not a pointless affair for Pellegrini

Unconventional beginning to a match report follows: Kneejerk adj (of a reply or reaction, automatic & predictable) AND, after City’s fifth consecutive Premier League draw at the Britannia, there’s a whole lot of ridiculous reactionary ranting going on by so-called fans of Manchester City. Hell, I don’t care about upsetting some folk who seem to revel in throwing scorn and derision around like confetti at a wedding, just because Manuel […]

STOKE v MAN CITY - No pottering about Snr Pellegrini!

Manchester City’s ‘Ministry of Defence’ is creaking under the stresses and strains caused by an ailing department of health and the continuing absence of leader Vincent Kompany. The team which has boasted the least goals conceded for the last three seasons, is facing a shortage of manpower across the backline as they square up to the annual rigours of the Battle of Britannia. It’s vital that Manuel Pellegrini’s company of […]

STOKE CITY 0 MAN CITY 1 - Zaba Dabba Doo does it for City

When Pablo Zabaleta, a little known unheralded Argentine defensive midfielder made his Premier League debut, the eyes of the football world fell upon Manchester City. But the combative £6.45m signing from Espanyol – bought the day before Sheikh Mansour acquired the club in late August 2008 – was a million miles away from being the subject of the global gaze. No, that ‘honour’ belonged to Brazilian ‘superstar’ Robinho, the £32.5m […]

STOKE CITY v MAN CITY - City to smash 14 years of Potteries pain

Fresh from ending a 37-year win famine at the Emirates, Manchester City go to one of their unhappiest of hunting grounds seeking progress in the FA Cup. Acknowledged as having the most effective 12th man in English top flight football, Stoke City will be banking on the vociferous Britannia Stadium crowd to help ease their passage into the 5th round of the Cup. It’s 14 years almost to the day […]