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City 0 Inter 3

City 0 Inter 3

Even without a full first team and a new manager, Inter showed a consistent approach to their football - in effect, if the opposition don't have the ball, they don't score.

With Pandev doing his better-than-Ronaldo dying swans and then the referee paying more attention to Viera's flailing arms than Materazzi's deliberate kick, it was clear that the intent was to ensure that City finished up short-handed. Also a few of us will remember that in his wonderful autobiography Brian Clough told us that the reason he did not get the England job was because the FA were never going to appoint anyone who referred to the opposition as 'cheating I-tie bastards'. I suspect that there were a few on show last night under the guise of Argentinos or of other South american origin.

So Micah Richards wonders why he is not getting a chance to play for England. When you consider that he failed to track the fairly simple run of Obinna down the wing, only latching on to it when he cut inside an unleashed a shot which although right on the button in terms of direction should really have been saved by Hart, it is not difficult to see why this player still needs to learn. And he's got to want to learn. And he still does not demonstrate that desire.

For the rest of the first half we began to wonder what the ball looked like, we saw that little of it. Similarly at the start of the second half when the same player got free on the other side of the field, hit a fairly simple shot goalwards and Lescott applied the finishing touch wrong-footing Given. Oh yes - -Lescott plays for us.

Again we chased shadows, again Adebayor couldn't hold up the ball, again it came straight back.

Biraghi's 30 yarder late on put the ice cream on the cake for the Italians.

The team selected by City could easily have been one that started a Premier League match last season, although I suspect that there were a few 'shop window merchants' on display last night and that in 2 weeks time we will see a totally different XI take the field against Spurs. It is clear though that Inter have retained this keep-the-ball ethos and that is something we have to learn at Eastlands. We also need to learn that we have to take whatever chances come our way and that was never going to be the case last night with 10 men and only Adebayor up front.

I think that tomorrow all hands are back at Carrington and against Dortmund and Valencia we should start to see our new team taking shape and like the 36000 season ticketholders and the remaining 9000 match day tickets buyers, can't wait to see what the new season brings.

This match will have taught us a few lessons and if we learn them, develop once again as a new team and defend well it will be a very interesting season indeed, especially as this is the year when the eclipse should finally start as the sun sets on the dark side of Stretford.

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Writer:Tranmere Loyal
Date:Sunday August 1 2010
Time: 3:15PM


Nice to see a City fan not blaming the ref or the ball or anything else. Delighted that they lost (just because of the **** Willy3, Bluedub and fifthcolumnblue talk everyday). If only more City fans understood football like Pedmachine.
Vanilla Ice
01/08/2010 15:20:00
A LOT of lessons to be learnt, but that is what pre-season is for. Obviously the sending off ruined the game, but things like that happen and we need to learn how to overcome them. Spurs lost 4-1 against Villarreal so we are not alone.
01/08/2010 15:32:00
And Everton are unbeaten :)
Vanilla Ice
01/08/2010 15:52:00
Worrying signs?? How strong was your team against Inter??
01/08/2010 16:20:00
Well balanced, straight talking match view. Micah calling for England shout today but shoudl concentrate on staying in the City side first.
Johnny Baguette
01/08/2010 16:37:00
willlyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy where are you how are the 350m+ flops doing.Congratulation on your 3 loss from 4 games.There is still time to accept the bet.
01/08/2010 16:37:00
"develop once again as a new team" dont worry if you cant develop it you can still buy new one
01/08/2010 16:41:00
It's a shame that some of these Italians teams revert to going down under no contact at all, because Inter truly was a better team last night. They passed better, they looked better, they shot better, but had City finished with 11 men, the game would have been much closer. I don't know how they continue to get away with it, but something must be done about these fake injuries and hurried red card decisions. It changed the outcome of the game, how is that fair?
01/08/2010 16:59:00
Welcome to the site Vanilla Ice and Rob EFC - notice we don't start a thread whinging about you - thats pretty infantile. Look forward to hearing from you again soon.
01/08/2010 17:10:00
why are everton fans obsessed with us they need to get a grip
leve mcfc
01/08/2010 17:15:00
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