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UEFA Big Match Build Up: Bluesy's Options

UEFA Big Match Build Up: Bluesy's Options

City held a press conference in Schalke this afternoon ahead of training with the increasingly influential Vinny Kompany sat alongside Mark Hughes

Sparky in full flow

As we know, Bluesy and his management team are now considering their options with a squad now depleted by four noteable absentees in Gelson, Elano, Zabaleta and our talisman Robinho.

The big talking point in Dortmund Airport arrivals and the Gelsenkirchen bars this evening will be how will the gaffer approach the loss of Robinho and the right back berth vacated by hard man Zabaleta?

Jo is fit again and in contention for a start up front and there will be a good number of Blues calling for the inclusion of Onuoha in the City defence.

City (from): Hart, Richards, Dunne, Jo, Garrido, Wright-Phillips, Ireland, Kompany, Vassell, Hamann, Mwaruwari, Sturridge, Schmeichel, Onuoha, Evans, Ben-Haim.

Will the gaffer aim to keep a clean sheet and adopt a safety first policy or go for it targeting an away win that would all but secure qualification from the group stages?

Give us your thoughts, formations and tactics both here and in the Vital MC forums!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Wednesday November 26 2008
Time: 7:07PM


kompany =future captain? shame about elano, his wife had heavy medical procedure druing here pregnancy - e c-section. so he isnt here hughes saving zabaleta and robinho for united jo has to get a chance.
26/11/2008 20:13:00
No doubt that Kompany is growing in stature with every game Tom. His knowledge of German football is going to be crucial for this trip. Meanwhile, our squad's fragility and lack of strength in depth has been ruthlessly exposed almost over night. The more I look at it Hughes has a hell of a text to get our small squad through the 30 odd competitive games we'll have played by New Years Eve with success. Surely he'll adopt a cautious approach for this one.
Johnny Baguette
26/11/2008 21:03:00
Cheers for the link on "News Of The Blues" Tom.
Johnny Baguette
26/11/2008 22:52:00
The Schalke v City Referee: Alexandru Tudor of Roumania. Any relation, Ed? - Details in the forum.
Johnny Baguette
26/11/2008 23:40:00
Theres loads of them JB ever since the C15th they have been breeding like rabbits.
Buzz Lightyear
27/11/2008 06:03:00
As long as he doesnt put any City players heads on the chopping block.....!!!!
27/11/2008 08:33:00
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