Tags archives: champions-league

United won the derby but City look real winners

Stating the obvious, but losing to your most hated enemy is never a good thing. When City capitulated 1-0 to United at the Etihad on March 20th  it was a horrible gut churning experience, just as it had been when the Blues slumped to a 4-2 defeat at The Swamp last season. But, and it’s a sizeable ‘BUT’, in adversity lies opportunity and opportunity is knocking on Manuel Pellegrini’s door […]

Is the price right for City fans?

Do Manchester City REALLY need ticket prices as high as £45-£60 for the Champions League Quarter Final against PSG? That’s virtually the equivalent top charge for the biggest Premier League games against the likes of European exiles Manure, Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs etc, in a competition long held in contempt by a large section of City fans. Is this REALLY the way to attract supporters, bearing in mind the mega riches […]

Will it be City’s Dr Jekyll or Mr Hyde who swan in?

Will the real Manchester City please stand up…provided it doesn’t involve tearing a hamstring, straining a calf or sustaining knee ligament damage. Such is the unrelenting nature of City’s injury woes this season, one wonders if Manuel Pellegrini dined in a seafood restaurant the lobster would be off and pulled ‘mussels’ the only item on the menu. Certainly his team have served up some unpalatable ‘mains’ in recent weeks. If […]

The Pellegrini Paradox

Manuel Pellegrini could yet scale new Champions League peaks in Italy, just four days after Manchester City left their supporters feeling as flat as a mountaineering holiday in Holland. Already qualified for the knockout stages, a win in Turin would guarantee City top slot in Group D, but any repeat of Saturday night’s lily-livered lethargy against Liverpool would see City hard pressed to beat Fray Bentos never mind Juventus. Abject, […]

Villa in crosshairs of Sky Blue Spanish Eyes

Fresh from creating a vision of Champions League wonderment in Seville’s architectural paradise, Manchester City’s focus now switches to demolishing a domestic Villa in not-so beautiful Birmingham. City’s exquisitely crafted 3-1 victory in Spain cemented the foundations of what promises to be their best ever Champions League campaign, and underpinned the strength in depth of Manuel Pellegrini’s squad. Hewn from an irresistible blend of Hispanic, Latino and European influences, City […]

City’s new Champions League theme – Cum on Feel the Noize!

‘We Fight Till The End, We Fight Till The End, We’re Man City We Fight Till The End…’ It’s a rousing terrace war cry and one rapidly becoming Manchester City’s Champions League campaign theme in 2015/16. Last gasp winners against Borussia Moenchengladach and Sevilla have seen City snatch six points in nerve-shredding, nail-biting encounters in a fiercely competitive Group D. The joy and relief was palpable as City’s flame-haired Belgian […]

Champions League on hold - City must beware of Hornet’s sting

Self belief, sighs of relief, old scores to settle and some twists of transfer irony, the Champions League draw had it all and more for Manchester City. As ever, City have one of the most challenging of the eight groups, but at least it doesn’t involve the monotony of encounters with Bayern Munich for a fourth time in five seasons, or hostilities with the malignant Muscovites of CSKA for a third […]

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 […]

Questions but no answers – will City ever learn? Burnley 1 Man City 0

Déjá vu comes in different guises, both good and bad…just ask Manchester City. Having retrieved seemingly lost causes to win two Premier League crowns in three years, they are now hell-bent on giving away their hard earned title – gift wrapped – for a second time in 36 months. Under Roberto Mancini, City capitulated and handed Sir Baconface one last hurrah, surrendering their title by an embarrassing margin of 11 […]

Is Pellegrini's number up? Man City 1 Barcelona 2

The phone call from the Etihad to the La Roselada Stadium would go something like this, albeit in Spanish, not English: “Hi Javi, it’s Manuel here, I need a favour. I know you’ve only been there for five minutes and I was there for nearly three years, but tell me…how the hell do you beat Barcelona, let me in on the secret, I haven’t a clue!” “Ah, Manuel, ola. It’s […]