Vital Football

Latest Manchester City News

First Test Of Squad Strength Could Be In Midfield

First Test Of Squad Strength Could Be In Midfield

As Manchester City takes a massive step into the Champions League unknown against Napoli, it will be interesting to see Roberto Mancini's midfield selection...

We can expect to register a change in personnel up front for sure against the visiting Italians but that will be squad rotation based with big Edin Dzeko coming back fresh from his feet up against Wigan.

But in midfield, Nigel De Jong has been joined on the treatment table by England regulars Gareth Barry and James Milner, both of whom have flourished amid the competition for places this season but have sustained ankle and head knack respectively.

This correspondent still believes that come inevitable injuries and suspensions in this campaign that barring a major crisis, Mancio's reinforced squad has greater quality and depth than any side in England.

That said, with three key options denied the shrewd Blues gaffer, just how will he set his midfield up for the Azzuri?

If the doubtful Jimmy Milner can't shake off concussion, then Owen Hargreaves is off the radar in the Champions League squad but Pablo Zabaleta has been rested following his Indian oddity with Argentina. Zaba could well be the man to partner Yaya Toure in the engine room unless Mancio has other tricks up his sleeve. Maybe Samir Nasri will adopt a central role?

Whatever happens, it's extremely doubtful that City will drop a gear from the blistering attacking pace set so far this season. This is as eagerly anticipated a City game as we've seen in the modern era.

How do you think Mancio will set City's midfield up on Wednesday night?

all times GMT+1

We 14 September 19:45 Napoli, The Etihad, CLGS1

*Su 18 Sep 15:00 Fulham, Craven Cottage, PL

We 21 Sep 19:45 Birmingham, The Etihad, LC3

Sa 24 Sep 12:45 Everton, The Etihad, PL

Tu 27 September 19:45 Bayern Munich, Allianz Arena,

* Date Change


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


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:Johnny Baguette VMC Newsdesk
Date:Tuesday September 13 2011
Time: 12:24AM

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester City Articles

Poll Result: Claudio Bravo Or Joe Hart

Yesterday, we at VMC City asked readers the question, 'Who would you prefer in goal for Manchester City?'

Manchester Utd v Manchester City: VMC Preview

The weekend's Premier League action ended with City struggling once again to find the form which had seen them streak ahead in the Premier League title race and the much...

2016 Ballon d'Or Shortlist Confirmed

The 2016 Ballon d'Or shortlist of 30 players was confirmed yesterday and there are plenty of familiar names on the list.

Man United v Man City Live Streams & Global TV Coverage

League Cup holders Manchester City visit Old Trafford on Wednesday to face an out-of-form Manchester United in the fourth round of the EFL Cup.

Archived VMC Articles

VMC articles from

Site Journalists

Tudor (VMC Editor)
Editor email
Johnny Baguette
no email
no email
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Who will start in City's goal against United on Wednesday?
Suggested By: Tudor
Willy Caballero 51%
Claudio Bravo 18%
Angus Gunn31%
Don't care0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

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

Recent Manchester City Results (view all)

Manchester City Fixtures (view all)

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
Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : Crystal Palace (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 26 2016 12:30PM : Burnley (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 3 2016 3:00PM : Chelsea (H)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

1.Johnny Baguette300
3.Buzz Lightyear282
5.Colin Is The King161
Write for Vital Football