Vital Football

Latest Manchester City News

The Ped Report - Aris Thessaloniki 0-0 City

The Ped Report - Aris Thessaloniki 0-0 City



One day we are going to go into one of these matches and take a team apart...or are we?

We entered the cauldron of the Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium to be met by a sea of yellow, red and black, with the stands on three sides literally bouncing. The first MCFC flag tied to the railings was grabbed and torn in half by opposition fans who ran unopposed across the pitch to get at it and who then paraded half of it as a trophy at their end.

Looking at the team Mancini selected suggested that we were going for it and at the same time bring Aris proud 42 year record of being unbeaten at home in European competition crashing to a halt. How wrong could we be?

This was a dismal performance played out in a magnificent atmosphere, where it looked as though, against clearly inferior opposition, we were happy for them to keep their reputation intact, as long as we didn't lose and to some extent guarantee an attendance at the return leg next week.

The reality of the matter is that 0-0 is a dangerous result, because it affords the away team any kind of score draw.

Aris had no quality in defence and similar in attack. Their midfielders held their shape well and always did enough to stifle City's limited ambitions. They hardly had a shot on goal, but equally harldy had much to defend.

With de Jong missing Mancini plumped for Yaya in the central role, where he was way too deep to have any impact on the match. With Dzeko reinstated Tevez was pushed to parts of the pitch he doesn't like and played like it. Kolarov was asked to do full back and wing back all in one and it didn't work. SWP was asked to do his job and the only normal thing to come out of it was that he still struggles to get crosses in, even after some good flank play.

Some of the passing from midfield was woeful with Barry and Yaya constantly failing to find unmarked Kolarov wide left and failing to read Silva's runs into space between the lines. Ball movement was treacly with Yaya being the main culprit trying his best to play like Vieira.

With the backline looking totally untroubled, I cannot see why we couldn't step up the tempo for ten minutes and snatch at least one goal.

Dzeko's one clear chance, on a night he will wish to forget, brought a great save from the Aris goal tender, but the night was summed up when a promising chance saw him and Tevez get in each other's way.

How pleasing it was though to see Balotelli back in the fold and I cannot wait to see him get more involved. We need this guy. He can do the unexpected, he is quick over five yards, he does know where the net is.

It was not going to be City's night playing the way they did. We must use Silva as much as possible and have more movement from midfield. Silva does move the ball quickly and he does find the forwards, but I suspect that those forwards are going to look a little disjointed if Tevez wants every forward ball played.

Dzeko has emerged as a shadow of a player who got on to the end of just about everything a relatively poor side in Germany could throw forward, Tevez looks like someone who is not going to allow anyone else to get goals and Balotelli needs matches quickly.

On a night when Spuds took apart another of the big names in world football in a match which resluted in Gattuso giving Joe Jordan his version of a Glasgow Kiss, City were struggling against against a non-descript team unheard of outside Greece. We are supposed to be competing with them and Chelsea for fourth place in the league and the resultant entry into the Champions League. If we play like we played last night we will be one of the league's third or fourth placed teams in the group stages, which will have told the world we're not good enough.

Spurs have shown that at 0-4 down they can make a fist of it the Champions League, we have shown an inability to beat Aris Thessaloniki. There were very few if any positives from this performance. No injuries was one and Richards re-emergence was another. Up the tempo, City. We don't want another repeat on Sunday.

FOLLOW CITY IN THE FA CUP WITH VMC:

Head for the VMC Match Day Experience Forum for the build up and beyond to City's important cup replay against Notts County on Sunday.

VMC ON YOUTWITFACE:

VMC is now available on both Facebook and Twitter, so if you are that way inclined and more importantly understand all this new fangled dangled stuff, feel free to watch us, poke us or whatever else you are meant to do there!

VMC on: facebook

VMC on: twitter

JOIN VMC:

It's easy to REGISTER HERE, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved!



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

Writer:Tranmere Loyal
Date:Wednesday February 16 2011
Time: 2:26PM

Comments

0
Mancini has got one game against notts county to sort out the system - we need to find the right balance before the premier league kicks in again.
eighthsin
16/02/2011 22:15:00
0
An absolutely spot on analysis of the City situation right now. - and their fans are definitely looneys!
Johnny Baguette
17/02/2011 16:33:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester City Articles

Celtic v Man City Live Streams & Global TV Coverage

Manchester City travel to Glasgow to face Scotland's most successful team, Celtic (Wednesday 28 September) in what will be the clubs first ever competitive match.

Most Successful English Trophy Hauls

Well the new season is definitely upon us as we go into October, and amongst the 10 most successful English sides in football history - there are a number who are unlikely...

Duo In Team Of The Week (27/9/16)

Manchester City are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks.

Manchester City Women 2-0 Chelsea Ladies Highlights

Highlights from the 2016 FA WSL 1 fixture between Manchester City Women and Chelsea Ladies.

Archived VMC Articles

VMC articles from

Site Journalists

Tudor (VMC Editor)
Editor email
Profile
Johnny Baguette
no email
Profile
Pedmachine
no email
Profile
Skoorb
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

How many goals, if any will City score against Celtic on Wednesday?
Suggested By: Tudor
Five or more7%
Four9%
Three45%
Two13%
One13%
City won't score13%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 6 6 0 0 18 13
2 Spurs 6 4 2 0 14 7
3 Arsenal 6 4 1 1 13 8
4 Liverpool 6 4 1 1 13 7
5 Everton 6 4 1 1 13 6
6 Man Utd 6 4 0 2 12 5
7 Crystal Palace 6 3 1 2 10 3
8 Chelsea 6 3 1 2 10 1
9 Southampton 6 2 2 2 8 1
10 WBA 6 2 2 2 8 1
11 Watford 6 2 1 3 7 -1
12 Leicester City 6 2 1 3 7 -3
13 Burnley 6 2 1 3 7 -3
14 Hull City 6 2 1 3 7 -5
15 AFC Bournemouth 6 2 1 3 7 -5
16 Middlesbrough 6 1 2 3 5 -3
17 Swansea 6 1 1 4 4 -5
18 West Ham 6 1 0 5 3 -9
19 Stoke 6 0 2 4 2 -11
20 Sunderland 6 0 1 5 1 -7
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Manchester City Results (view all)

Manchester City Fixtures (view all)

Oct 2 2016 2:15PM : Tottenham Hotspur (a)
Barclays Premier League
Oct 15 2016 3:00PM : Everton (H)
Barclays Premier League
Oct 23 2016 1:30PM : Southampton (H)
Barclays Premier League
Oct 26 2016 8:00PM : Manchester United (a)
Capital One Cup
Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : West Bromwich Albion (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 5 2016 3:00PM : Middlesbrough (H)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Buzz Lightyear486
2.Johnny Baguette359
3.Skoorb317
4.Rising166
5.Bluedub139
6.Tudor139
7.Colin Is The King109
8.citizhun95
9.kennyclementstache63
10.johnkelv61