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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, […]

City’s soft spot for Bournemouth's beachgoers

The joy of Sergio Aguero’s sensational goals tsunami against a hapless Toon Army was swept away as Manchester City’s number one marksman cut a stricken figure on a South American stretcher. Just five days after racing to the quickest five-goal haul in Premier League history, the Argentine superstar’s torn hamstring plunged City fans into pools of despair, while media pundits salivated at the prospect of the Sky Blues’ Premier and Champion’s […]

Pellegrini orders tasty Saturday night takeaway

Heartburn and the aftertaste of a disagreeable ‘Italian’ should be replaced with easier to digest domestic fair, as Manchester City re-focus on the ‘bread and butter’ of the Premier League. Juventus’ 2-1 Champions League win at the Etihad still sticks in the throat, but City have to move on and gobble up a win at the expense of West Ham’s jellied eels, pie and mash brigade. Much has been written […]

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 can't let history keep on repeating - Liverpool v Man City

Manchester City’s Champions League hopes are hanging by a thread following this week’s defeat to Barcelona. In similar fashion, City’s Premier League aspirations were perilously close to petering out last season after the seismic 3-2 loss to Liverpool…and we all know how that turned out! The reviled rodent-like Luis Suarez wreaked havoc at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night, bagging a brace to put Barcelona in the driving seat in […]

Manuel has no ideas in dunce's corner - Man City 1 Hull City 1

Trust, like reputation, is a priceless virtue. A highly valued but incredibly vulnerable commodity, it accumulates over a prolonged period. Conversely, it’s always at risk if new realities crash in and established perceptions are swept away. Manuel Pellegrini now finds himself at a crossroads in his brief, but hitherto highly successful time as manager of Manchester City. The trust and belief in the affable, professorial-like Chilean is under scrutiny like […]

On song or off key? Chelsea v Man City

There’s a fat lady in London SW 6 preparing to break into song tonight. If the obese vocalist is moved to belt out a chorus in the wake of a Chelsea win, it’ll mean Jose Mourinho’s team will have to hit some seriously bum notes to allow Manchester City back into title contention. In the lyrics of another football-loving singer, Elton John, ‘Saturday night’s alright for fighting…’ and, metaphorically speaking, […]

Mind the gap...

Space was the ‘Final Frontier’ for Star Trek’s Captain Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise as they vowed to ‘boldly go where no man has gone before…’ The cult science fiction TV series of the late 1960s and early 70’s swept all before it and now, here in 2015, another Captain whose surname begins with ‘K’ has some spatial issues to address, if he wishes to enter previously […]