UK time is: 01:37:39
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

City In No Mood To Forget 97th Minute Defeat



International City battlers Shay Given, midfield general Nigel De Jong and all areas scrapper Pablo Zabaleta are fired up to ensure no repeat of last September's derby defeat...

All three Blues stars have spoken to the official site and underlined the squad's new found focus under Roberto Mancini's shrewd leadership as the suave Italian prepares his men for the showdown with the rags.

One noteable aspect in the run up to this derby has been the almost total absence of the arrogant statements that were fired out by united players in the run up to the scandalous 4-3.

City skipper Shay:

'The fans are excited and so are the players...these should be two red-hot encounters. Semi finals are great but people only remember the cup winners. We are all set up to achieve something here. We want to win a trophy...the aim is still to try and win something this season. We made a good start in the FA Cup at the weekend and we are close to a final in the Carling Cup.

'We have only lost twice all season so we are doing ok. One of those was against United and I have to admit it took a long while to get over that result. We played well that day without any reward. Hopefully it will be different on Wednesday night.'


Midfield cage fighter De Jong:

De Jong doesn't give a bollocks to all the hack debates over who Taggart will select to play. Lest we forget, the senior players he chose against Leeds were awful.

'It really doesn't matter who plays for United, we know that they have a lot of quality...in the end we cannot worry about them or what they are doing. We must concentrate on stopping them from scoring and making sure that we perform to our best. If we do that then we have already shown we are a match for anyone.

'Most of us have experience of playing in two-legged ties so we know that nothing will be decided after one game. There has to be a degree of patience. We know what is at stake and we are hungry for success. We showed at Old Trafford that that we can stand toe to toe with United. We want to win this tie for our fans.'


Here there and everywhere Zabaleta:

'This is an important tie for the club and the fans. We want to give our supporters something to celebrate. We are growing as a club and winning something is a big part of that growth. We are here to change history and this could be the start.

'From the first training session with the manager we have been doing a lot of work on defence. Mancini has great experience which will benefit the club.'


And of Zaba's best mate Carlos Tevez, he underlines 'El Apache's' key role:

'Carlos is happy at City where he has become a crowd favourite. He has fantastic qualities that make him popular with fans and teammates.

'He never stops running and defending from the front. He loves his football and City fans love him. I know he believes in the club and the project and is desperate to win something here as quickly as possible.'


The City squad are seriously up for this one.

VMC Forum Link: MATCHDAY THREAD: Man City v Dirty Rags - Carling Cup Semi-Final - Wed Jan 6th - KO. 19:45 UK Time

YOUR NEW YEAR RESOLUTION - JOIN VITAL MANCHESTER CITY

Vital Manchester City was the fastest growing independent City Website of 2009 with a membership now over 2,000 strong. Thank you for your support! Get on board both here and in our forums in 2010 as we gear up for Wednesday's bid for revenge!






Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



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

The journalist

Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 5 2010

Time: 6:10AM

Your Comments

I am not surprised it is these three that do not want a repeat of what happened - although as we know, we don't have control over the stopwatch do we LOL
BlueWolfie
We must NOT concede.
Johnny Baguette
if we don't concede then i really fancy our chances at the swamp to get a goal or two......
cityman51
If we take our chances then thats even better, I am crossing my fingers when I say this, that we seem to be better organised in defence for many a year.
buzz lightyear
indeed buzz and thats down to manciniho - told ya it was time for a change of manager ;0)
bluemooner_mcfc
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

The Ped Report City 2-2 Sunderland (Thursday April 17 2014)

Stats: Manchester City v Sunderland (Wednesday April 16 2014)

The Citizens versus The Black Cats (Wednesday April 16 2014)

The Ped Report Liverpool 3-2 City (Sunday April 13 2014)

The Reds versus The Citizens (Saturday April 12 2014)

Archived Articles

List All VMC Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Johnny Baguette 288
2. Skoorb 150
3. Buzz Lightyear 119
4. PhillyBlueMoon 115
5. rojo2010 101
6. fifthcolumnblue 101
7. Bluedub 91
8. kennyclementstache 88
9. Spooks 87
10. citizhun 86

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Liverpool 35 25 5 5 +52 80
2. Chelsea 35 23 6 6 +41 75
3. Man City 33 22 5 6 +54 71
4. Arsenal 35 21 7 7 +21 70
5. Everton 35 20 9 6 +23 69
6. Spurs 35 19 6 10 +2 63
7. Man Utd 34 17 6 11 +16 57

Breaking League News

Ashamed of Newcastle United
Newcastle : 20/04/2014 20:48:00
Vital Report: Cardiff 1 Stoke 1
Cardiff : 20/04/2014 18:54:00
United - No Cutting Edge!
Man Utd : 20/04/2014 18:46:00
Man Utd : 20/04/2014 18:39:00
Everton : 20/04/2014 18:12:00
Dear Randy...A Fans Retort
Aston Villa : 20/04/2014 17:36:00
City Defeated In Five Goal Thriller
Norwich : 20/04/2014 17:04:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Yaya Injured - Who Should Partner Fernandinho In Midfield?
Suggested By:  Gerry Gow
Javi Garcia 25%
Jimmy Milner 75%