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Same time, same place but no sense of déjà vu - Man City v QPR

Two years and 362 days ago Queen’s Park Rangers came to the Etihad Stadium, desperately seeking a result to dig themselves out of the relegation mire. Their hosts just needed to win to ensure their first ever Premier League crown and be acclaimed as Champions of England after a 44-year wait. Three years on, and both Manchester City and QPR would happily embrace the circumstances that prevailed on May 13th, […]

Beat the Reds and City can still give Chelsea the blues! Man Utd v Man City

As Manchester City target a fourth consecutive derby day victory at Old Trafford this Sunday they could yet beat Chelsea to coveted silverware this season. After 6-1, 2-1 and 3-0 wins over Manure at The Swamp, City know that doing the league double over their despised foe will just about represent the highlight of a bewilderingly disappointing season. Sadly for Manuel Pellegrini and his underachieving squad, the only way City […]

City can’t be ignored – especially with two ‘Elephants in the room’

Having an ‘Elephant in the room’ would usually mean an incredibly awkward situation, a source of embarrassment that is simply taboo or one that could trigger an argument. The metaphorical idiom refers to an obvious truth that is either being ignored or going unaddressed, a major problem or risk that no one wants to discuss…so surely having TWO elephants in the room would spell double trouble for Manuel Pellegrini – wouldn’t it? […]

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 […]

Canarian stuffs Eagles...and not a turkey in sight! Man City 3 Crystal Palace 0

A City team led by Mark Hughes could see the blue half of Manchester top of the Premier League table just in time for Christmas. In a bizarre twist of fate, the ex-Manchester City manager could help put his former employers in pole position to retain their title – five years and three days after he was unceremoniously sacked by the Etihad outfit. If Hughes’ Stoke City can repeat last […]

Rome in ruins, now City go for Leicester's Legions - Leicester City v Man City

Manchester City’s strength in depth is amply demonstrated in that Manuel Pellegrini could recall Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, David Silva, Stevan Jovetic, Aleksander Kolarov, Bacary Sagna and Frank Lampard for the visit to Leicester City – none of whom started that glorious night in Rome. The City boss is spoilt for choice as injuries heal and suspensions don’t apply, but he has to strike the right balance between fresh legs […]

AaaarrrguerrNO! - Man City 1 Everton 0

Manchester City shaved another three points off Chelsea’s lead but it was as if they’d had their throat cut, with lifeblood Sergio Aguero suffering a serious injury. A fortuitous penalty ultimately delivered a hard fought and deserved 1-0 win over Everton, but the focus fell on a horrible Aaaarrggguero moment when the Argentine super striker sustained suspected knee ligament damage. If, as feared, Sergio is sidelined for weeks if not […]

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 […]

Spasibo...for nothing City - Man City 1 CSKA Moscow 2

Any alphabetical analysis of Manchester City’s ‘performance’ against a horrible bunch of Russians would go something like this; A – abject, appalling, atrocious, awful. B – bloody abject, bloody appalling, bloody atrocious, bloody awful…you get the gist! Even the most diehard City fan would be hard pressed to find anything positive about such a clueless, gutless and witless showing… bloody hell, even those who turned up on a free ticket […]

Sky Blue redemption - Man City v Man Utd

Halloween came early to the Etihad this week with a horrific display of premature capitulation as Newcastle United shot two rounds of live ammunition past Willy, dumping a bunch of Manchester City wonkers out of the League Cup. Under fire Manuel Pellegrini must now stiffen City’s resolve, light the sky blue touch paper and orchestrate a pyrotechnical pulverization of Manchester United. There can be no better way to illuminate City’s […]