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City’s transfer window is a real pain...so far!

With the summer window open for another 50 days, it would be presumptuous to say Manchester City’s transfer strategy was intrinsically flawed – but it could certainly do with a kick start. City’s season opener away to WBA is a mere four weeks away and there’s still no tangible evidence of the ‘high quality’ signings promised by Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak. The well respected and much admired Khaldoon, is not […]

City swansong on Golden Pond

Automatic Champions League qualification secured, highest scorers and best goal difference in the division, five consecutive wins, a shoe-in for the Golden Boot Award and the Golden Glove within grasp… Manchester City are clearly a club in meltdown! Yes, City have missed out this season on the trophies that really matter, but does anyone really believe that Sheikh Mansour is going to allow his quest for football’s Holy Grail to […]

Manchester MP set to retain seat

A surge of blue swept to power taking political pollsters by surprise in last week’s General Election. Nobody saw it coming and now, another incumbent MP with a sky blue hue, is set to confound the pundits by hanging onto his seat in his Manchester marginal constituency. After months of speculation, berating from critics and trailing in the popularity stakes, it’s looking increasingly likely that Manuel Pellegrini will continue into […]

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 […]

Pellegrini powerless to act on Pep's talk - Bayern Munich 1 Man City 0

As debate rages on over the rights and wrongs of Manchester City’s desperately unlucky Champions League defeat in Munich, the influence of Manuel Pellegrini becomes ever more apparent. The post match inquest has seen social media platforms and the mainstream ‘press’ comparing and contrasting the fortunes of key personnel in the City team, but there has been little or no focus on the ramifications of Pellegrini’s enforced absence from the […]

Ein zwei drei – here we go again - Bayern Munich v Man City

Be the best team in England they said, qualify for the Champions League they said, explore Europe and broaden your horizons they said…they didn’t say it would be back to Bayern Munich for the third time in four seasons. Nonetheless, it would be wrong to say the thrill of a trip to the magnificent spectacle of the Allianz Arena has worn thin. It’s more a barometer of how far City have […]

MÜLLERED - BAYERN MUNICH 2 MAN CITY 3

From muppets to marauders – Manuel Pellegrini’s much maligned marvels produced a memorable night of Champions League magnificence… and yet it was marred by a mystifying miscalculation that Manchester City may live to regret! As the whole of Europe took stock of City’s shock 3-2 win over the seemingly indestructible Bavarians, the Sky Blue’s manager was engulfed in controversy over what looks like a mathematical muddle in Munich. On the […]

MAN CITY 1 BAYERN MUNICH 3 - Blitzed!

As the smoke palls lift on the Bayern blitzkrieg – delivered with frightening ferocity and infinite finesse in equal measure – a battle bruised and Champions League chastened  Manchester City need to re-group and heed the lessons of their Munich mauling. It’s been a while since City were rendered so impotent as was witnessed by a packed Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening, but as has so often been said, a […]