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November 9, 2012 by Gabriel Sutton
What’s happened to Manchester City this season? I’m sure most of you would agree with me when I say it’s been a poor start to the season for them. I am open to arguments from people who say they are only 2 points off top spot – it’s not like they’re out of the title race – but 22 points from 10 games so far is generally a poor start compared with the standards they will have set themselves in my opinion, and you’ve got to factor in that they are still yet to play Chelsea, Man United, Tottenham and Everton. They are already out of the Carling Cup and it’s been an even worse start for them in the Champions League, there’s no disputing that, collecting just 1 point from two matches against Ajax where only maximum points would have really sufficed. They are now bottom of their group. It’s been a bad all round start for them, and here are my thoughts on what might have caused it.
October 5, 2012 by Sean Charles
1) James is destined for greatness
I have already profiled this boy as a player to watch in this season’s tournament before matchday 1 but his performance and goal last night put to bed any lingering doubt that he is a truly special player. He possesses so many qualities that are often so rare in such a young player – his eye for a pass, ability to draw opposing players in to him, finding space in congested areas, knowing exactly when to dribble or when to move on possession, composure under intense pressure – these are to name just a few of his qualities. In my opinion the only other player of a similar age group who can match him is Neymar of Santos. Of all the players aged 21 and below currently playing in Europe, none of them are playing at the capacity James is.
Category General | Tags: antonio conte, borussia dortmund, celtic, champions league, chelsea, di matteo, James Rodriguez, jurgen klopp, juventus, manchester city, mancini, Neil Lennon, porto, Sean Charles
May 1, 2012 by Rami El Chamaa
April 26, 2012 by Joshua Broomfield
Despite looking at one point like they would run away with the league title, Manchester City are currently in a position where their only hope of finishing above Manchester United looks like goal difference. Notwithstanding Lee Dixon’s exceptionally perceptive insight that football results are down to a combination of form, fitness and the teams on the pitch. What has been the reason for Manchester City seemingly throwing the title away? One of the most significant reasons is that they have often lacked width, and have consequently been, at times, easy to frustrate. City’s default formation this season has been a 4-2-3-1/4-2-2-2: a back 4, two holding midfielders, two nominal wide players who drift inside and two strikers, one of which often will often drop deep to help in build up play. City’s rough first choice 11:
March 26, 2012 by Andrew Robinson
The great soap opera that is Manchester City unveiled its latest twist this week – the return of its greatest villain, Carlos Tevez. Fresh from the golf courses of Buenos Aires, Tevez put in a short but significant shift providing an assist for Samir Nasri to claim the winning goal and a desperately needed 3 points against a resurgent Chelsea. But what is the moral of this very peculiar narrative?
1. “Temper gets you into trouble. Pride keeps you there.”