UK time is: 17:38:24
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

Victory In The First Friendly Of The Season

The first friendly match of the new season finished at around 245 am BST this morning and saw Mancini`s men see off a Club America side with a two nil victory.

Both goals were scored in the first half. The first saw Ryan McGivern capitalise on a defensive error to sweep the ball into the net after good work from Wright-Phillips and Dzeko. The second saw Wright-Phillips score from the edge of the box seemingly out of nothing.

The game itself was truly one of two halves. Mancini started with Hart, Vaseli, Savic, Lescott and Clichy in defence with three holding midfielders in Barry, De Jong and McGivern and three attackers in Weiss, Dzeko and Wright-Phillips.

In the first half the defence was impenetrable and the attacking play fast and accurate. Weiss looked quick and much bigger and stronger than he was when he left for Rangers last year. Savic looked good and strong in the tackle and his positional sense was impeccable. Clichy was quick going forward and again had great positional sense. Dzeko looked a shade quicker than last year and held the ball well. His touch was certainly better than last season. Mcgivern looked comfortable in midfield and Wright-Phillips looked decidedly better than Johnson. De Jong and Barry looked fit and up to pace already and Lescott and Hart both came through the first half with no negatives. Even Vaseli didn`t look too bad at right back.

The second half saw wholesale changes and a lot more attacking from Club America as Kompany looked somewhat rusty and Richards although attacking with freedom looked a little on the hippy side! Johnson seemed uninterested and as poor as he did last season. Toure ran the midfield and Guidetti lumbered up front. In truth there wasn`t much positive to note in the second half other than Weiss`s running and Toure`s power. Mancini (junior) was poor and Kolarov didn`t look anywhere near as good or as quick as Clichy.

In all I think we can call the game a success. Two goals scored, none conceded and no-one picking any injuries. The new signings look good and Weiss looks big, strong and quick. Richards looks like he needs to lose a few pounds and Johnson looks like he needs a new club but other than that not bad for the first game of the season.




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: Redmond6 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday July 17 2011

Time: 2:06PM

Your Comments

Looks like Johnno has got to get it together. I've no doubt Weiss can give him a run for his money. As for Mancini jnr - he always looks unfit and overweight to me. Share the view though 2-0 nothing let in. Are we watching Vancouver in the middle of the night?
pedmachine
Not sure as majorly snowed under at work. May set the alarm and have an early night!!!
bluerichy
Weiss outshone Johnson majorly. Johnson looked like he couldn't be arsed, I thought Mancini had driven the attitude problem out of him last season but not so sure now. Dzeko was brilliant, he looked both bigger/stronger and faster at the same time than last season. The Mexicans were bouncing off him, he was near unplayable. Clichy also looked great, now that he's at a team with proper defensive training and tactics, he can hopefully return to his early Arsenal form. Savic is a cool customer, very calm and classy on the ball - Lescott is in for a fight to keep his spot.
StuMCFC
Nothing like a spell in the SPL to toughen a player up. No nancies north of the border, that's for sure!
fifthcolumnblue
I'm glad Weiss is proving his worth. He could be a difference maker for the club.
PhillyBlueMoon
 

Have Your Say

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

Recent Articles

Stats: Manchester City v Sunderland (Wednesday April 16 2014)

The Citizens versus The Black Cats (Wednesday April 16 2014)

The Ped Report Liverpool 3-2 City (Sunday April 13 2014)

The Reds versus The Citizens (Saturday April 12 2014)

Number 13 - Lucky For Some! (Thursday April 10 2014)

The Ped Report City 4-1 Southampton (Saturday April 5 2014)

Archived Articles

List All VMC Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Johnny Baguette 277
2. Skoorb 116
3. PhillyBlueMoon 102
4. rojo2010 101
5. Buzz Lightyear 87
6. citizhun 84
7. Spooks 84
8. Bluedub 82
9. fifthcolumnblue 78
10. OziMan 64

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Liverpool 34 24 5 5 +51 77
2. Chelsea 34 23 6 5 +42 75
3. Man City 33 22 5 6 +54 71
4. Arsenal 34 20 7 7 +18 67
5. Everton 34 19 9 6 +21 66
6. Spurs 34 18 6 10 +0 60
7. Man Utd 33 17 6 10 +18 57

Breaking League News

Three on Wanted List
Man Utd : 17/04/2014 17:36:00
Ruddy: We're Scrapping For Our Lives
Norwich : 17/04/2014 17:22:00
Liverpool: Anfield Expansion Moves A Step Closer
Liverpool : 17/04/2014 14:48:00
FA Youth Cup - Tonight on ITV4
Chelsea : 17/04/2014 14:19:00
The Numbers
Chelsea : 17/04/2014 13:48:00
Lescott Interest Reignited!
West Ham : 17/04/2014 13:43:00
Dejagah - Revenge in the Air!
Fulham : 17/04/2014 13:41:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Yaya Injured - Who Should Partner Fernandinho In Midfield?
Suggested By:  Gerry Gow
Javi Garcia 10%
Jimmy Milner 90%