The Premier League 2010/11 Previews Part 11: Manchester City – Great Expectations


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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7 Responses

  1. Mick says:

    Same old stuff that I’ve read all over the web. 2 months ago they were all saying we couldn’t attract quality players because we hadn’t got a CL place, well that was proved wrong with 2 WC finalists, a WC semi-finalist and a CL winner. Now its the squad won’t gel, and dressing room disharmony shtick. The big test for City this season is whether we can knock over the also ran teams as well as the so called ‘big 4′ – if we have to go through a run of 7 draws, like we did with Hughes, where we couldn’t get past the likes of Burnley and Hull, then we don’t deserve it.

  2. John says:

    Check you facts.

    They did not win a shoot out against the Red Bulls. They lost that game. To be fair, they started the game with 5 reserves and at the beginning of the second half had 6 on the pitch, plus almost none of their World Cup players until the final game.

    MCFC’s preseason friendlies mean nothing going into this season.

  3. admin says:

    Many apologies for having so offended your sensibilties there, John. I am now off to flog myself 40 times for such a heinous crime and I have updated the post accordingly.

  4. Brenton says:

    Mick, all those reservations are valid. I know fans love to think their team is going to win with no problems, but it is entirely probable that ManCity will have problems in the dressing room. There’s nothing wrong with that, it happens at many clubs, why will ManCity be immune to it.

  5. Richard says:

    Mancini is a hard task master, do what he says and you will become a better player. Get in the way and your toast. As such, those who are likely to cause dressing room problems will not be there at the start of the season with a big clearout of players surpless to requirements occurs before the end of August.

    A to the squad. I really like Koralov, Silva, Ya Ya and Boateng – all class acts. The only disappointments for me are that we pulled out of buying Dzeko and a top notch CH like Chellini (possibly in exchange for Ade).

    Most City fans think 3rd is the most realistic target this year.

  6. All I can say is, that what ever happens, it will be better than losing at York and Wycombe and watching Bury and Huddersfield do laps of honour at the end of games at Maine Road.

    And our total pre-seaon transfer being £100,000 on Ben Thatcher.

  1. August 9, 2010

    […] The Premier League 2010/11 Previews Part 11: Manchester City – Great Expectations “‘Where now for Manchester City?’ has probably been the hottest Premier League question of the summer. Such has been their level of spending that the Champions League was regarded by some as the minimum target for last season, and Mark Hughes paid the price for this increase in expectation with his job. Whether the improved that much under new coach Roberto Mancini is open to question, and City were beaten to the fourth Champions League place by Tottenham Hotspur with a game to go of the season. City’s reaction has been, perhaps unsurprisingly, to go out and spend more money, though perhaps not as much as some had expected. This season, qualification for the Champions League is the minimum expectation for Manchester City, and that’s a phrase that not many people would have considered likely as recently as three or four years ago.” (twohundredpercent) […]

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