Vital Football

Latest Manchester City News

Old & New Review & Preview

Old & New Review & Preview

With City not having a match to play over the weekend 'proper' most of the news seems to revolve around the players that have left the Club either on loan or permanently experienced life with their new employers.

King of the weekend and to no great surprise was Craig Bellamy. As he laid on 2 goals for the Bluebirds and scored from a free kick well outside the box it is evident that as suspected he is too good for Championship football. His skills were there for all to see including having a go at the ref. He says there is more and better to come and we'd better believe it.

Vladimir Weiss was introduced as a substitute in a Rangers side reduced to 10 after Kyle Lafferty got himself a red card. The Ibrox faithful took to him straight away as he laid on a goal for Miller before parading his trickery and skills on the wing.

What a stark contrast to Stephen Ireland's fortunes at St James Park where his new Club Aston Villa produced the surprise result of the weekend finding themselves on the end of a 6-0 hiding against newly-promoted Newcastle United. Even the most die-hard Geordie could not have expected Newcastle's first foray at home to end with a scoreline like that.

So after the diatribe that Ireland delivered upon his exit from Eastlands, he played for the full 90 minutes and did....nothing. This is hardly inspirational stuff from a man who is at least as good as the players brought into City by Mancini (or so he would have us believe). In reality it couldn't have worked out worse for him. I'm sure that he thought he would get on the scoresheet and play well against a team that last season played in the Championship and hadn't done much to strengthen itself, but it didn't really happen.

Welcome to life away from Eastlands, Stephen. Here's what you could have won.

So who does Mancini select tonight and what tactics will he play? With Milner filling the back pages with 'I'll play anywhere' and most newspapers expecting him to make his full debut, one of the holding midfield trio must be feeling nervous this morning before the team sheet goes up at Carrington.

My suspicion is that his former Aston Villa team mate Gareth Barry could feel the draught because not only can Milner play in central midfield but he is more adept at providing the link between midfield and the front men. I expect to see Milner play to the left of the 3 and drift out to the left on attack. This leaves a competition between Silva & Johnson for the right hand side and I think that Silva will get the nod in the starting line-up with Johnson providing the impact later on.

Milner's inclusion should make the middle 3 look less static and enable them to break forward more quickly with both Yaya Toure and Milner, leaving De Jong to guard the door.

My team for today is:

Hart
Zabaleta, Toure, Kompany, Lescott
Yaya Toure, De Jong, Milner
Silva, Balotelli, Tevez

If Super Mario's knee injury gets the better of him then expect Adebayor to start.



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

Writer:Tranmere Loyal
Date:Monday August 23 2010
Time: 10:15AM

Comments

0
Like the look of that formation. It would have an even more solid look with the inclusion of Boateng and Kolarov as full backs. Upwards and onwards!!
Johnny Baguette
23/08/2010 10:31:00
0
Based on the first paragraph are you suggesting it was a mistake to let him go? I was at the Wolves - City game last season, and even though, like most people it seems, can't stand this fella, he was the best player on the pitch. I still can't believe he is plying his trade in Wales. And I imagine 90% of this dalliance is being paid for by your good selves. Odd. Very odd.
New York City Wolf
23/08/2010 10:37:00
0
It's hard to say if it is a mistake until we see Mancini's fully functioning Man City. He has the players he wants, even though in a stroke of "Typical City" luck the new full-backs are both out for 4-8 weeks, and now he must get them working. Balotelli, Johnson, Tevez, and Silva can easily bring the excitement, pace, and cutting edge, but if it doesn't all click then we may rue loaning out Bellamy.
StuMCFC
23/08/2010 11:09:00
0
Wolf, if you read my articles regularly I am a great fan of Bellers and yes I would have preferred us to keep him if for nothing else to come on with 20 mins left and keep half the opposition's defence plus the ref and a linesman on edge. Plus he's always likely to get a goal. JB I share your view about the full backs and at some point before Christmas we'll see them. Stu, Balotelli certainly adds excitement and to think I didn't really fancy him coming to City. His contribution in Timisoara started me off in the word eating department!
pedmachine
23/08/2010 11:26:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester City Articles

Premier League 2016/17 Pre-Season Games

The Premier League may have published their 2016/17 fixture list but what about those of us who want to know about our respective club pre-season games.

VERY Latest On Nolito Deal

Speculation surrounding Celta Vigo's Nolito, aka Manuel Agudo Duran potential move to Manchester City has turned into a media frenzy.

Who Will Be The First Out Of The Door?

Our new Vital Manchester City front page poll question asks, 'out of the first team regulars, who will be sold first?'

Raheem Sterling - #TheHatedOne

12-months ago Manchester City paid Liverpool around £49 million, the highest transfer fee ever paid for an English player. But, was the 21-year-old England midfielder worth the money?

Archived VMC Articles

VMC articles from

Site Journalists

Tudor
Editor email
Profile
Johnny Baguette
no email
Profile
Pedmachine
no email
Profile
Sedgie
no email
Profile
Skoorb
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Out of the first team regulars, who will be sold first?
Suggested By: Tudor
Joe Hart1%
Aleksandar Kolarov3%
Pablo Zabaleta6%
Bacary Sagna0%
Fabian Delph6%
Jesus Navas0%
Raheem Sterling9%
Yaya Toure9%
Wilfried Bony63%
Samir Nasri0%
Eliaquim Mangala3%
Gael Clichy0%
Pep will not sell anyone0%
Someone else0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 38 23 12 3 81 32
2 Arsenal 38 20 11 7 71 29
3 Spurs 38 19 13 6 70 34
4 Man City 38 19 9 10 66 30
5 Man Utd 38 19 9 10 66 14
6 Southampton 38 18 9 11 63 18
7 West Ham 38 16 14 8 62 14
8 Liverpool 38 16 12 10 60 13
9 Stoke 38 14 9 15 51 -14
10 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 50 6
11 Everton 38 11 14 13 47 4
12 Swansea 38 12 11 15 47 -10
13 Watford 38 12 9 17 45 -10
14 WBA 38 10 13 15 43 -14
15 Crystal Palace 38 11 9 18 42 -12
16 AFC Bournemouth 38 11 9 18 42 -22
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 39 -14
R Newcastle 38 9 10 19 37 -21
R Norwich 38 9 7 22 34 -28
R Aston Villa 38 3 8 27 17 -49
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Manchester City Results (view all)

Manchester City Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Skoorb125
2.Rising123
3.Tudor108
4.Colin Is The King106
5.Bluedub84
6.Buzz Lightyear66
7.kennyclementstache54
8.citizhun35
9.johnkelv28
10.Chippy_Tea9