Arsene’s whinging and Maureen’s continuing to moan about Manchester City, so it’s nice to confirm that Hypocrites United are still ever fearful of the Champions of England.
Speaking of United, dear old Sir Baconface only started being ‘nice’ to Whinger when he perceived Arsenal were no longer a threat, so God forbid Arsenic and Moanrinho are ever overly pleasant about Pellegrini.
You have to love the idiocy of Wenger’s press conferences when the subject of City crops up – as it does just about every week. He comes out with utter claptrap before adding the caveat ‘…but I don’t really know.’
It’s almost as good as Wenger’s catchphrase of the last decade: “I didn’t see…”
The Frenchman is now querying the validity of Frank Lampard’s loan to City from New York City, asking whether it is ‘legal’?
Rest easy Arsene, it’s as legal as Thierry Henry returning to Arsenal from the New York Red Bulls…twice!
As for the Portuguese Pout he held court talking about not talking about Manuel – err, yes Jose that makes a lot of sense.
It seems both the London-based rivals object to Lamps spending quality time with City, earning rave reviews and ‘doing the business’.
‘Super Frankie Lampard’ has suddenly emerged as a bit of a diamond geezer and you could be forgiven for wondering if Arsenal and Chelsea have a bit of the old green eye.
He’s the man-of-the-moment, but last season’s away trip to Hull saw the re-emergence of another veteran star.
Martin Demichelis came of age in City sky blue after Vincent Kompany was dismissed just 10 minutes into the match.
City were coming off back-to-back FA Cup and Champion’s League exits and Kompany’s sending off looked like the death knell of the club’s bid to win a second title in just three seasons.
Quite how ‘Demi’ seemingly ‘morphed’ into a super warrior remains a mystery, but he provided a defensive platform for the 2-0 win and has never looked back.
The irony is that having demonstrated his undoubted class, truly earned his Premier League medal and been unlucky to lose out in a World Cup Final, the likeable Argentine may find himself behind new sensation Eliaquim Mangala in Pellegrini’s pecking order.
It’s a wonderful defensive dilemma for City and is indicative of the strength in depth of this season’s squad.
Key defensive midfielder Fernando will miss his fifth straight game at Hull. Nobody should under estimate his worth to the team. The £12m buy from Porto provides a formidable shield in front of the backline.
Had he not limped off in the 38th minute against Stoke there’s every chance City would not have lost the game. A draw and a defeat at Arsenal and Bayern Munich could so easily have been a win and a draw had the Brazilian been playing.
Similarly, Stevan Jovetic misses his fifth game, and this at a time when City only have three recognised senior strikers. Samir Nasri will again be absent as he faces up to surgery on his groin strain and a month on the sidelines. Better news comes with Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Pablo Zabaleta all returning today.
On present form, James Milner would surely have had the nod ahead of Nasri. The extended run of First XI starts that he craves is now within his grasp. Hopefully it will encourage him to sign his new contract sooner rather than later.
Milner has certainly struck up a great playing partnership with new boy Frank, and who knows how far Lampard’s growing influence and ‘happy factor’ will go during his stay.
Having annihilated Sheffield’s finest, City go up a class in Yorkshire football. Hull look increasingly comfortable in the top flight, but if City are to retain their title, these are the games where points cannot and should not be dropped.
City were the better team against Chelsea and almost prevailed in the face of adversity, but the prospect of a seven or eight point deficit opening behind the league leaders remains one bad result away.
Pellegrini might be tempted to have next Tuesday’s Champions League encounter with Roma on his mind as he heads for Hull.
A home loss to the Italians would be catastrophic, but surely there’s never been a better time to actually adhere to the cliché of all football clichés, and literally take it one game at a time?
City have the talent, depth and durability to take six points in four days and start building real momentum. Results against Arsenal, Bayern and Chelsea didn’t adequately reflect the performance levels.
Eight points from their first five games is City’s poorest opening to a season since, would you believe, 2006? Three league games without a win is the worst run for 19 months…but looks can be deceptive.
City, have had their fair share of injuries, but unlike some they don’t bleat on about it like some Gaalactico outfits.
True, they have still to hit their full stride pattern, but the World Cup hangover should now be flushed through the system and Pellegrini can plot City’s gradual ascendancy back to the top of the league.
In the meantime it will be Manuel who has the last laugh if Whinger and Maureen ‘Carry on Complaining.’ One wonders if Pellegrini could engineer a Sid James – like chuckle at his detractors…perhaps not!
By David Walker
Dedicated to a lady who served Manchester City with great distinction, loyalty, empathy and compassion – Lorraine Firth – who celebrates her birthday today. Let’s hope it’s a ‘hullava’ great day 😉 Happy Birthday Loz.
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