Manchester City - Europa Cup - City Must Win Tonight
UK time is: 15:15:32
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

Europa Cup - City Must Win Tonight



With the will-he won't-he talk gaining momentum even amongst our own fans, including some who have already paraded themselves with 'Rooney 10' on the back of their replica shirts, City must concentrate upon getting this match won tonight and put any thoughts or talk of Rooney on the back burner, or even in the bin.

Often described as the 'Friendly Cup' and regarded as the poorer of the two main Club competions in Europe, the Europa League this season is abundant with big names and it would indeed be prestigious if this became City's first major trophy success since 1976.

Mancini often tinkers a little with the line-up for these matches, sometimes inviting a bit more stress than he needs to and tonight I suspect will be no exception as possibly Tevez and de Jong head for the bench and brothers Toure to the Stand due to injury.

Tonight we need to get into this match quickly, get the ball into the net and then take advantage on the counter as Lech seek to get even. We must not however leave the back door open as we did at Blackpool on Sunday for their second goal) and perhaps more grievously when we last entertained POlish opposition at Eastlands when the unfancied Groclin Dyskobolya scored a late away goal which ultimately determined the outcome of the tie. The wrong result tonight is not group defining but would of course make qualification more difficult.

So tonight I'm looking at:

Hart, Boateng, Kompany, Lescott, Bridge,
Johnson, Vieira, Milner, Silva and whoever is fit from Adebayor and Santa Cruz or Jo.

Dec Jong may come on to steady the ship and Tevez to get the winning goal.

The line up is consistent with Mancini's other sides in this competition and offers flair out wide but the potential in the centres looks laboured with none of those in question considered to be in any kind of positive form. I would love to see John Guidetti in there, a young man with a hunger to progress and an eye for goal, but I suspect in his cautiousness Mancini will leave that for another day.

EUROPA LEAGUE TONIGHT ON VMC:

Head for The VMC Match Day Experience Forum for the build up to the game with Lech Poznan and our ever popular Live Match Day Thread!





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: Tranmere Loyal Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday October 21 2010

Time: 11:13AM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Crocky can't play mate. He wasn't named in the Group Stage squad as he was close to signing for Lazio at the time. That said, I think he'll name Balotelli on the bench. He is training well by all accounts.
Johnny Baguette
Report Abuse
21/10/2010 11:52:00

 

Have Your Say

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

Recent Manchester City Articles

Dynamo Cancelled (Friday May 29 2015)

Toronto 0-1 Manchester City (Thursday May 28 2015)

Toure & Toronto (Wednesday May 27 2015)

Audio - Pellegrini On Toure (Wednesday May 27 2015)

Infographic - Aguero In Alternate XI (Wednesday May 27 2015)

Jake's Southampton Report (Tuesday May 26 2015)

Aguero's Surprise Inclusion (Tuesday May 26 2015)

Toure Will See Out His Contract (Monday May 25 2015)

Lampard Talks City Time (Monday May 25 2015)

Archived Manchester City Articles

List All VMC Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Johnny Baguette 531
2. Bluedub 283
3. Buzz Lightyear 220
4. Skoorb 193
5. citizhun 162
6. OziMan 142
7. Colin Is The King 128
8. CITYBOY1000 128
9. kennyclementstache 121
10. fifthcolumnblue 81

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Man City 2 - 0 Southampton
Swansea 2 - 4 Man City
Man City 6 - 0 Q.P.R.
Spurs 0 - 1 Man City
Man City 3 - 2 Aston Villa
Man City 2 - 0 West Ham

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Chelsea 38 26 9 3 +41 87
2. Man City 38 24 7 7 +45 79
3. Arsenal 38 22 9 7 +35 75
4. Man Utd 38 20 10 8 +25 70
5. Spurs 38 19 7 12 +5 64
6. Liverpool 38 18 8 12 +4 62
7. Southampton 38 18 6 14 +21 60

Breaking League News

Dynamo Cancelled
Man City : 29/05/2015 15:10:01
Something For The Weekend (495)
Aston Villa : 29/05/2015 15:10:01
32.5million Reasons To Laugh At The Press (again)
Aston Villa : 29/05/2015 14:53:01
Delph Is The Vital Villa Player Of The Year
Aston Villa : 29/05/2015 14:12:01
Mystic Mug v Lawro - Aston Villa v Arsenal - FA Cu
Aston Villa : 29/05/2015 14:01:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Which Was Your Favourite Win From City's 18 Point Bagging Run-in?
Suggested By:  Shaun Gloater
West Ham 2-0 7%
Villa 3-2 9%
Spurs 0-1 18%
QPR 6-0 4%
Swansea 2-4 40%
Southampton 2-0 22%