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Maybe Messi Is Right?

Maybe Messi Is Right?

Is Lionel Messi correct in his assessment that City are 2 world class defenders away from seriously challenging for major honours?

Last night's workout in the inaugural Ferrosataal Cup challenge appeared to add some weight to what Messi is telling us.

A strong looking City side went behind early on when a needless foul by Barry gave Dortmund and easy penalty. A Premier League referee might even have seen Barry heading for the sanctity of the changing rooms. Barrios stuttering run-up perhaps fooled Hart more than the shot, but despite Joe diving the right way, the ball squeezed inside the post.

City came back quickly and strongly. Toure Yaya played the kind of pass out of defence that was missing all last season - a straight ball picking out Adebayor, who quickly sent Wright-Phillips off down the right wing. An early pass which for once reached the far post and a miskick by Jo went in off the goalkeeper to make it 1-1.

The game ebbed and flowed with new-signing Kolarov looking particularly good, not only in open play but also from free kick situations.

However on the stroke of half time the ref presented Dortmund with another chance from the spot when he penalised Kolarov somewhat harshly for a push and once again it was Barrios v Hart.

Barrios stop/start run-up left him short of space to get any real pace on the ball, Joe guessed right again and made and excellent save to his right.

The second half saw a number of changes and Shay Given , now in for Hart was busy quickly and defensive frailty gave Kasawa the opportunity to restore Dortmund's lead.

Kolarov tried his best with a couple of free kicks and from one delivered the kind of cross that centre forwards love, except this time it fell to the rather wooden Santa Cruz, who didn't get there and neither did Lescott running in behind.

Then with a few minutes left we saw the kind of calamitous defending that we were hoping we'd left behind but that was highlighted by Messi in his comments yesterday.

Kolo Toure found himself drawn to the ball on Lescott's side of the field, his attempted clearance bounced off a Dortmund player, went between Lescott's feet to new-boy Lewandowski who promptly despatched it into the back of the net pretty well unopposed, with Zabaleta unable to recover in time.

So a 3-1 defeat and most of it our own fault. Barry for me looked as if he was still at the World Cup and although Toure Yaya did display some destructive qualities along with some fine passing, we were never creative enough from a four-man midfield and the front men did very little. Dortmund knew our strengths would be wide-out but loaded those positions leaving SWP & Johnson with little space. The only replacement to make any real difference was of course Bellamy who injected some pace, upset a few people and looked likely to make something happen. At centre back, Kompany probably looked best.

We move on to meet Valencia on Saturday evening when hopefully we should see Tevez and Silva in action and get closer to what Mancini believes will be a starting line-up for the Premier League a week later.

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

Writer:Tranmere Loyal
Date:Thursday August 5 2010
Time: 8:00AM


Cue the Everton trolls and the like. Disappointing pre-season but excluding beating Barca last time, no worse than the last pre-season that led to us making a storming start in the PL. The two new signings we've seen, Kolarov and Yaya Toure, seem a class above the others in their vicinity on the pitch. It's almost surreal how much better Kolarov is than Bridge. It's like the gap between a Premier League player and a League 1 player. Yaya and Kolarov were our best players yesterday. Barry was abysmal. Hart 7, Micah 5, Kompany 5, Kolo Toure 5, Kolarov 8, Yaya Toure 7.5, Barry 3, Johnson 6, Shauny 6.5, Jo 6, Adebayor 5
05/08/2010 09:25:00
OH NO! DOOM - GLOOM. We're all goint to hell in a hand basket. Perhaps next preseason we'll stay closer to home and play teams like Norwich so we can all boast about our easy wins rather than being forced to comment on which of the 17 players used (in the absence of our manager) is good enough to make tthe starting 11 at Spurs?
05/08/2010 09:56:00
Dont worry guys, only 3 more months and the winter market will be open, then you can you can buy your missing 2 world class defenders and start "developing" new team, until then you will have to play football. Pity you actually cant.
05/08/2010 12:32:00
Who do you support stetos?
05/08/2010 13:33:00
Not good enough. Im now know for sure that spurs will beat us 2-1 or 3-1. Im being relaistic and honest, citys defence and pre season preparation has been a diasaster. The squad isnt used to being away for such a long period of time and the world cup has messed up team building. Mancini hasnt been present for the recent matches, but i expect better results and performances with one away from the start of the new season. Only jo is grasping the opportunity with both hands, but ireland, richards, viera, bridge, toure and lescott seem happy to just plod around the pitch at 2mph. The defence still looks a shambles, toure and lesctott should be sold. How can city drop toure now when we have signed his much better brother. Imagine the tension that ill cause now. I would be happy if kolo was sold and yaya didnt come (though i rate yaya very highly) I hope boateng and kompany play together asap. At this rate id be happy with top 6 finish.
Super City Slicker
05/08/2010 13:51:00
Agree with Stu - Kolarov and Yaya Toure look class additions to the side.
05/08/2010 14:03:00
Hey I support Everton but I'm not a troll :) and Stetos is also a Toffee, ha! With Willy and other abusing us all summer you can hardly complain if a few Toffees take joy in a bad result for City, but thanks for the award!
Vanilla Ice
05/08/2010 14:31:00
My pleasure Vanilla Ice ............has it been all summer ..........seems like yesterday
05/08/2010 14:34:00
It was yesterday... and the day before... and the day before :)
Vanilla Ice
05/08/2010 15:03:00
XD 3-1, need I say more
05/08/2010 15:20:00
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