Tags archives: champions-league

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? […]

Rome falls to 'one-man' City - AS Roma 0 Man City 2

Manchester City were nigh on spineless as kick off loomed at the Stadio Olimpico in the Eternal City. Even worse, they would be virtually invisible, as they took on the might of Rome for a place in the last 16 of the Champions League. Labelled as a ‘one man team’ due to the sensational goal scoring exploits of Sergio Aguero, it was as if the rest of City’s playing staff […]

Forza Pellegrini - AS Roma v Man City

Manchester City know what they have to do if they are to perform their own version of the Great Escape, and progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League. Despite some illogical mathematically challenged elements of the anti-City media claiming it’s a ‘must win’ game, Manuel Pellegrini’s men know that a score draw will see them through, provided CSKA Moscow lose in Munich. City are in the uncomfortable position […]

1, 2, 3…it’s all elementary for sizzling Sergio - Man City 3 Bayern Munich 2

Cometh the hour cometh the man or, in the case of Manchester City’s Argentine super striker, cometh the added time cometh those unbelievable ‘AGUERRRRROOOOO’ moments! On the count of ein, zwei, drei, Sergio Aguero bagged a stunning Champions League hat-trick to complete City’s version of the Great Escape and an improbable victory over German oppressors. Classy Bayern Munich were dispatched in added time as Aguero inspired City to a 3-2 […]

Time to balance the Bavarian books - Man City v Bayern Munich

If a team was a victory away from a 50% win ratio over the mighty Bayern Munich many would say that it was a pretty good record. Given the heritage and present day standing of the Bundesliga leaders and five time European Champions, it could be considered as something of an achievement if Manchester City edge out the Germans at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday evening. Achievement is not a […]

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 […]

Back to the future - Man City v CSKA Moscow

As football clichés go a ‘must win’ game is up there with the best. Mathematically, Manchester City could still qualify from Group E of the Champions League, even if they fail to beat CSKA Moscow at the Etihad this evening. In truth, anything less than three points would see City in a right old mire with their backs well and truly to the wall, struggling to reach the knockout stages. […]

Accusations & admissions – CSKA Moscow 2 Man City 2

Manchester City were cheated out of a win in Moscow – but only after they spent 49 second half minutes contriving to be the architects of their own downfall. City can rightfully point a big finger of suspicion at Hungarian referee Istvan Vad after the criminal award of an 86th minute penalty to CSKA. ‘Vad the Bad’s’ scandalous decision to reward the theatrical exaggerations of CSKA’s Seydou Doumbia with a […]

We’re really not here! - CSKA Moscow v Man City

CSKA Moscow have already experienced the ‘Sound of Silence’ in this season’s Champions League as they go into tonight’s crunch Group E encounter with Manchester City. The repugnant Russians were forced by UEFA to play Bayern Munich behind closed doors in the Arena Khimki last month, as punishment for the antics of their yobbish, racist chanting fans. Despite losing narrowly to Bayern, it could be argued that the former Soviet […]

The Engineer & The Roman spanner - Man City 1 AS Roma 1

Engineer Manuel Pellegrini will have to retrieve a bloody big spanner from his machine if his Champions League blueprint for Manchester City is to stand any chance of success this season. Rudi Garcia’s Roman incursion force were as good as their French manager’s pre-match prophecy that they were to be ‘protagonists and not spectators’ – right to the point where City’s prospects of qualifying from Group E are now under […]