So Manchester City are without a win for 10 days. They lost their second Premier League away fixture in more than six months on Saturday, leaving them with more points and better placed than this time last year…the season when Manuel Pellegrini’s team won the title.
Holy Sh*t – The Samaritans’ phone lines must be ringing off the hook with around the clock calls from Pellegrini, Ruben Cousillas, Brian Kidd, the players, administrative staff, supporters, who knows, even long distance calls from the more opulent areas of the Middle East!
The cool Chilean who led City to their best ever single season in their 120 year history, must cut a panic stricken figure, positively feverish, riddled with anxiety amid a club gripped by a fear that it’s all gone so horribly wrong.
Errrrrrrrrr NO – it’s all complete and utter botox – or something sounding very similar.
As Pellegrini continues the defence of the first trophy he won – doubtless the first of many – in England, City are once again under scrutiny for not having blown all comers out of the water by rugby scores.
The naysayers are grunting, the clouds are darkening, the onset of British Winter Time is more than a coincidence it’s ‘a sign’, after City shipped four goals and dropped a combined total of five Champions and Premier League points over a period of 120 hours.
Oh how those fun loving pundits and mirth makers of the media like a bit of merriment at City’s expense. Could it yet be a case of he who laughs last laughs loudest, or did he simply not get the punch line?
Unless anybody has forgotten, Pellegrini took it upon himself to remind the world and his wife that there are still 87 Premier League points up for grabs, so can we cancel the express delivery order to take the trophy from the Etihad to Stamford Bridge.
First things first, and it’s the arrival of a murder of Magpies who fly into Manchester looking to inflict fatal wounds on City’s retention of the League Cup.
Effing and jeffing Alan Pardew’s team suddenly have the wind beneath their wings after back-to-back league wins, including a surprise victory over Spurs on Sunday.
Whereas West Ham managed to break a 10-game winless streak against City, the Geordie Nation will be hoping that their barren spell against the Sky Blues won’t extend to 18 fixtures.
It’s an astonishing run and one that Pellegrini needs to extend if he is to douse down the negative wave of comments flooding into the Etihad.
His, and City’s, cause is helped by the earlier than expected return of Samir Nasri, 29 days after he last appeared against Bayern Munich. His recovery from groin surgery has gone well and Nasri has proved himself a quick healer.
He was ahead of schedule last season when he came back to first team action following a nasty injury on Tyneside in City’s 2-0 win last January.
Regrettably, Frank Lampard is still out with a thigh muscle problem and Super Frankie will also be unavailable for Sunday’s Manchester derby.
Pellegrini has already stated there will be changes in personnel from the Upton Park reversal. Whether a change of set-up and tactics will accompany any squad rotation remains to be seen.
Stevan Jovetic had a lively last half hour against the Hammers, so a starting berth in place of a possibly weary, Aguero, shouldn’t be a surprise.
Whether or not the manager would entertain dropping, or diplomatically resting, an off-key Yaya Toure remains to be seen.
Vincent Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta – the embodiment of City’s glory days, could benefit from a break, allowing Demichelis and Sagna to play in a game Pellegrini very much wants to win.
If the Barcodes are once again scanned and checked-out of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday evening, the reviled Reds put to the sword for the fourth consecutive derby, and the repugnant Russians and their racist followers metaphorically ‘hung, drawn and quartered’ Guy Fawkes-style on the 5th of November, then the crisis that never was would be even less so!
For ‘Fawkes sake’ Bonfire Night is all about celebrating the fact the British Parliament avoided being blown to smithereens. The least City fans can do is look forward to the retention of their highly successful sitting MP!
By David Walker
Hopefully City and Newcastle fans can come together on Wednesday night to honour the memory, bravery and humanitarianism of City fan, Alan Henning who was so brutally murdered by Islamic extremists.
City and Toon supporters paid their respects to John Alder and Liam Sweeney in this season’s opening fixture after the two Geordie lads died following their beloved Magpies over land and sea. Tragically, it falls to the two sets of fans to once again mourn the passing of one of the best. RIP Alan #MCFCBLUEBROS NEVER FORGOTTEN.
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