Tag: Manchester City

Sunday Afternoon Live! Manchester City vs Chelsea

Good afternoon, everybody, it’s time for The Match Of The Season (part one in a series of twenty or so.) Manchester City versus Chelsea. The champions of two years ago against the champions from last year. Manchester City purred, against West Bromwich Albion on Monday night. Even though the Albion manager Tony Pulis did at least stand up and state publicly that he got his formation wrong for this match – not a level of honesty that we could expect from all Premier League managers, of course) – which means that it is, perhaps, difficult to say how comfortable...

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Monday Night Live: West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester City

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen! It’s been a long time, but for this season we’re going to be getting back on the whole live-blogging thing, kicking off this evening with the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City. Manuel Pellegrini threw a spanner in the works of a few of his detractors when it was confirmed that he had signed a new contract extension keeping him at the club, whilst this time last year the West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis was licking his wounds after having been sacked barely a couple of days prior to...

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Raheem Sterling, Obscenity, Outrage & Transfer Fees

In the transfer market at least, this summer has had a slightly unusual feel to it, thus far. Much of the bigger transfer news made has come as a result of player switches that would have been considered relatively unlikely earlier in the year – Petr Cech leaving Chelsea for Arsenal and Bastian Schweinsteiger’s arrival in Manchester from Munich spring immediately to mind – and, with seven weeks still to go before this summer’s window snaps shut and Premier League clubs treating the wealth that they’re now promised as a result of their new television deal in the same...

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We Need To Talk About Financial Fair Play… Again

Was it just a matter of striking coincidence or was there something more in the timing of a story in the Daily Mail which stated confidently that “Rivals” are “ganging up to ban City” with a challenge over the blue half of Manchester’s attempts to comply with regulations meant to limit the extent to which sheikhs, oligarchs and other ne’er do wells have started to pour money into some football clubs? After all, as these words are being written, the expensively assembled teams of Manchester City and Chelsea are preparing to take to the pitch at The City of Manchester Stadium for yet another testosterone-soaked Premier League “showdown.” The eyes of the world will be watching this evening – aren’t they always nowadays? – but the eyes of some will be focusing on annual accounts of Manchester City and how these tie in with UEFA’s much-vaunted (but seldom so far tested) Financial Fair Play Regulations. On Saturday evening, Jose Mourinho added his voice to a powerful – if not necessarily particularly numerous – choir of voices within the game of the opinion that UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules aren’t treated with the respect that they deserve. We have to remember, of course, that this is Jose Mourinho we’re talking about here, and that there is probably no level of eyeball-rolling irony that the Chelsea manager wouldn’t apply in the...

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Manchester City Shine A Harsh Light On Manchester United’s Shortcomings

It’s early days, of course, not that this will provide much comfort to Manchester United supporters this evening. This afternoon at The Etihad Stadium, David Moyes’ team was blown away by his cross-city rivals, a performance which leaves the defending champions with just two wins from their first five matches of the season and in eighth place in the Premier League table and, in the world of instant gratification that modern football has become, there will doubtlessly be those who will start to wonder whether the end of Alex Ferguson’s era in charge of the club might just be the the end of something altogether more profound. As time passes, empires tend to fall, and some may already be wondering whether signs of this crumbling are already starting to become evident. “No” is the probable to answer to this question, but it won’t stop the tetchy, the angry and those with a hair-trigger finger from being the most likely to be heard over the next few days. But Manchester United’s shortcomings are only one part of the story of this afternoon’s match. Just as Manchester United lost a manager during the summer, so did Manchester City and, whilst there had been concerns previously that Manuel Pellegrini seemed to be struggling to get the most from his players, this afternoon his team’s performance was one which more than met the...

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