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City continue to fall foul of the ‘c’ word…

With Pep Guardiola at the helm, a reputed £250m transfer budget to be invested this summer and an abundance of talent already at the Etihad, it’s widely acknowledged that City could – even should – corner the market in domestic trophies next season. As Pep heeds the lessons of his debut Premier League season, and his players  – existing and incoming – become ever more familiar with his playing philosophy […]

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 […]

Blues against an assortment of Reds…

On the day Prime Minister Theresa May calls a General Election, the maxim ‘A week is a long time in politics’, could just as easily apply to top flight English football. Irrespective of the political Blue against Red battle on June 8th, Manchester City Manager, Pep Guardiola, is about to find out that five days can radically change the football landscape, determining whether he can win silverware, as well as secure a Champions League slot, […]

Pep’s Christmas pillow talk

Question: What does the man, widely regarded as the best manager in world football, want this Christmas?  Answer: Luxurious bed linen.  It’s a strange and somewhat underwhelming response from Pep Guardiola, until you realise the age-old caveat of words ‘being lost in translation’. The Manchester City boss isn’t actually bothered about double deluxe duvets or being pampering with perfectly produced pillow cases – he just wants clean sheets… and plenty […]

The Pep Perspective

Are Manchester City fans of the glass ‘half empty’ or ‘half full’ persuasion? On May 13th, 2012 they were encouraged to ‘…drink it in’ at 93:20 showing on the clock, as Sergio Aguero swept City to a tumultuous grand finale and a first top tier title in 44 years. Now, 53 months on, another Premier League crown and two League Cup trophies later, City have a man universally acknowledged as […]

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 […]

Time for City to earn their spurs

Pragmatic Manuel Pellegrini had already put the kibosh on any ‘quadruple’ codswallop, long before Manchester City were outfought, outplayed and obviously outfoxed, by an irresistible Leicester City. City’s abject capitulation at the hands of Claudio Ranieri’s hungry, crafty troop, meant the pre-match title favourites were never on the scent, leaving even the most optimistic fan wondering if Pellegrini would capture one trophy, let alone four, before he departs in June. […]

Will City be legless on Boxing Day?

If you thought Oscar Pistorius had a flaky defence just take a look at Manchester City’s and it’s easy to see how their legs are going from underneath their Premier League title challenge. City have been held by rock bottom Aston Villa, stuffed by Stoke and outgunned by Arsenal as they’ve dropped 11 out of the last 18 points. Manuel Pellegrini is the proverbial ‘dead man walking’ following Pep Guardiola’s announcement that […]

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 […]

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, […]