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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 […]

City are lapping up Pep’s new blue language

Pep Guardiola is the unsurpassed master of the language of football. It transcends the command of his native Catalan, his Spanish mother tongue, his fluent German and his good, and rapidly improving, English. In his first 35 days in competitive game mode with Manchester City, Pep has quickly familiarized himself with some of the grammatical oddities of the Queen’s English, words that sound the same, but have totally different meanings. Take […]

In & Out at Manchester City

As Manuel Pellegrini heads out of Manchester City it’s imperative that his soon-to-be ex-employers stay where they’ve been all season long – in the top four of the Premier League. When City began the season with five consecutive wins, without conceding a goal, they were odds on favourites for a third PL title in five years – virtually unstoppable. Finishing outside the Champions League places was inconceivable. Fast forward nine […]

City swansong on Golden Pond

Automatic Champions League qualification secured, highest scorers and best goal difference in the division, five consecutive wins, a shoe-in for the Golden Boot Award and the Golden Glove within grasp… Manchester City are clearly a club in meltdown! Yes, City have missed out this season on the trophies that really matter, but does anyone really believe that Sheikh Mansour is going to allow his quest for football’s Holy Grail to […]

Pellegrini is a happy plucker - Man City 2 Swansea 1

It’s fast approaching the time of year when birds get stuffed and gobbled up. Manchester City, anxious to avoid looking like champion turkeys come Christmas, made an early start on some lively Welsh swans. City fans who love reminiscing about a famous ‘Sick Swan’ slaughter at Old Trafford in 2011, had to make do with a 2-1 ‘bird cull’ as plucky Swansea were rightly put to the sword. Pre-match, Manuel […]

Super City keep up 'average' performances - SWANSEA CITY 2 MAN CITY 3

Manchester City ushered in the New Year with an ‘average’ three goal salvo and another ominous outing of their sharp-shooting armoury. The only thing average about Manuel Pellegrini’s side nowadays is the stunning strike rate with which they dispatch opponents – it’s now 57 goals in 20 games – and no sign of the floodgates closing anytime soon. City performed with grace and poise at a Liberty Stadium with a […]

Pellegrini’s Brief - carry on winning - SWANSEA CITY v MAN CITY

As the strains of Auld Lang Syne fade you won’t find Manuel Pellegrini endorsing any New Year sentiments of  ‘out with the old and in with the new’ as his Manchester City team venture into South Wales. It’s a case of as you were and more of the same for the City boss looking to continue a Premier League run with 22 points from 24, where City have won 10 […]

High-flying City's winging ways - MAN CITY v SWANSEA

If it’s a magnificent seven home wins on the spin and the 2013 goal gush continues against the birdlife of West Glamorgan, Manchester City could finally be ready to spread their title-winning wings. The Sky Blues heavenly results at Fortress Etihad, make them the only side with a 100% home record in the top four tiers of English football. A win against Swansea could see them as high as 2nd […]