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Vintage Pep has City fizzing

Pep Guardiola’s side has served up plenty of champagne football this season, albeit the last couple of wins weren’t quite vintage stuff – but nonetheless, palatable. The stout resistance of a bus-parking Burnley was quite rightly ended by a 100% bona fide penalty, dispatched by record-equalling Sergio Aguero, followed by a quick two goal salvo from Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane. It didn’t come anywhere near the smooth flowing, sweet […]

Pundits praise Pep…whatever next?

Either I’ve slipped into a parallel universe or I need to change my ‘meds’, but are Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City actually being praised by all and sundry at the moment? Am I hallucinating or are City winning acclaim following a week of played three, won three, 15 goals scored, none conceded… and all achieved while serving up lashings of some of the most sumptuous football of recent times? With the […]

Mayday Mayday – City fans in distress over Zaba departure

Tears of unbridled joy, anguish, frustration and sadness – there’s something decidedly emotional about Manchester City and the 13th day of May. First we had Sergio Aguero with 93 minutes and 20 seconds on the clock back in 2012, drilling home the most sensational climax to a Premier League season ever. Never mind ‘Cry Me a River’, City’s delirious fans could have filled an ocean, weeping uncontrollably after Agueerrrrooo fired […]

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 aim for high five advantage & £100m splash before deadline day!

Crisp, stylish and uncluttered – Manchester City’s opening night performance of 2015/16 was a sublime reflection of their new sky blue & white strip – a subtle combination of retro elegance and contemporary flair. Of course first impressions can be deceptive, as a re-invigorated Yaya Toure would readily testify. The giant Ivorian’s brace was later reduced to just the one stunning strike – courtesy of David Silva’s passive heel – […]

Milestones, mishaps & 'miracles' - Man City 3 WBA 0

There was something distinctly surreal about City’s routine seasonal home win over the not-so ‘Boing Boing Baggies’. The dreaded lunchtime kick-off and the aftermath of Wednesday night’s humbling in Barcelona, meant this was always going to be an understated affair…but still, it managed to produce its fair share of shocks and surprises. A sending off with 89 seconds of kick-off is unusual, even more so when it’s the wrong player being shown […]

Can City bounce the boing boing Baggies for 7th win on the spin ? - WBA v Man City

Having come within 90 minutes of topping the Premier League at Christmas, Manchester City could find themselves six points behind leaders Chelsea when they kick off on Boxing Day. Such fine margins illustrate the task facing Manuel Pellegrini’s side, as they go for their seventh PL win on the spin and ninth consecutive victory. After confounding their critics, overcoming the odds in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico and progressing in the Champions League, […]

City lifeline disappearing as Jose eyes Lisbon not Liverpool - MAN CITY 3 WBA 1

In the world of the after match football interview, the word ‘character’ is used and abused more than most. Managers and players willingly trot out the word e.g. ‘…the team showed real character…’, simply because they rallied to earn a draw, who knows, maybe even a win, in the face of adversity. Whichever, it’s cue cliché corner and more ‘characters’ than a Walt Disney Parade. Character be blowed – it’s […]

Could Mourinho throw Pellegrini a title lifeline? - MAN CITY v WBA

It would be a perverse irony if Manuel Pellegrini’s nemesis became his saviour, albeit by proxy. It’s only two letters, but ‘if’ is a word with wide ranging and far reaching consequences, especially in relation to the Premier League title tussle, one of the most intriguing for many a year. If Jose Mourinho can breach the Anfield fortress of the nearly ordained champions-elect, and if Manchester City can emerge with […]

Shock, chic & awe as City win away – WBA 2 MAN CITY 3

A Manchester City First XI stacked full of international imports finally – finally – began to ‘export’ Etihad Stadium style football to other regions of England. The only slight drawback was that there was not an Englishman in sight as City racked up a three goal advantage inside 75 minutes, before inflicting a thoroughly deserved 3-2 defeat on West Bromwich Albion. James Milner and Jack Rodwell did appear as substitutes […]