Vital Football

Latest Manchester City News

The Ped Report - City 2-0 FC Bayern Munchen

The Ped Report  - City 2-0 FC Bayern Munchen

As expected, City went with a "best available" line-up for their final Group Stage match against one of the world`s leading Clubs, Bayern Munich, last night at the Etihad Arena. The Bayern line-up raised a few Bavarian eyebrows on East Level 3, but a team that includes Ivica Olic can hardly be seen as a weak one.
When you take into account the ability of a team to play the "Bayern Way" no matter which eleven men populate their shirts, the stage was set for an enthralling encounter in front of another capacity crowd.
It was disappointing that a section of City fans saw fit to "boo" Jerome Boateng, who , although a short term servant for City, has no reason to deserve it. But it was onwards and upwards for the team with City setting off in total control, bossing possession for more or less the entire match.
Bayern`s ambitions looked a little limited as the collected men behind the ball seeking to escape on the break in a fashion that has cost City their involvement in the Champions League. And indeed, as you would expect, chances fell their way with Olic bringing an excellent save from Hart and Alaba contriving to miscue twice in the same move. Aguero also had a golden chance, slightly off cue.
Ahead of that David Silva`s free kick was nudged in by Lescott, but the celebration was cut short as he was deemed to have impeded a rather shaky looking goaltender in Butt. At this City were totally in control of the ball, although Olic was the outlet in Ribery`s role and did look dangerous.
When you bear in mind that his last two visits to Manchester and just outside, not only did he set up Hamburg`s survival in the old UEFA Cup, but he single handedly put Stretford to the Excalibur eliminating them from the Champions League two seasons ago, it was a great credit to Stefan Savic, maligned for his efforts recently against QPR, that he hardly gave him a sniff, even though he was out of position at right back. This is how you do it Mr Boateng.
Olic was however presented with a yellow card for seeking retribution, as indeed on fifteen minutes was Gustavo, a hero of the match at the Allianz Arena, for cutting down Silva.
The magician was in orchestral mood last night as he pulled all the right strings, creating fear every time he went near the ball. His free kick from the Gustavo foul generated similar panic as Bayern were happy to concede a throw-in. Savic`s throw to Barry and an exquisite pass flicked on by Dzeko to Silva who first touch set him up to drive the ball past Butt into the corner of the net after 36 minutes.
City continued to control the game and Aguero was unfortunate to see a well-worked effort beat Butt but find Boateng hovering on the line to keep it out.
If the first half was game and set to City, with six minutes of the restart it was also match. Yaya started the move into Aguero on to Dzeko and finally back to Yaya whose runaround left him clear in the box for him to finish in typical fashion.
Although after that City ceded the ball a little more, they were very much in control for all of the match. Bayern didn`t appear to be the threat we and they expected, but their fans kept going for the remainder of the match.
For once there were no scares at Joe Hart`s end of the pitch and excellent midfield work from all of Barry, Nasri, Yaya and of course Silva kept the pressure on Bayern and kept them contained more or less wherever City wanted them. Olic, a favourite of mine, as always tried his best but in the absence of much first team football since his injury nightmare faded as the game progressed and with Gomez on the bench with Ribery and Robben still at home the major threat was not present and for once Joe Hart went home with a creditable clean sheet against an albeit less than full strength Bayern.
It was impossible to see weaknesses in City last night. Hart was unemployed for most of the night. Kompany, Lescott and Clichy were commanding and Savic looked excellent at this lever even playing out of position at right back.
In midfield we kept the ball, pushed and probed and were not prepared to be muscled out of it by the Bavarians. Up top Dzeko put in a better effort than he did at the Allianz and Aguero was mobile, quick and dangerous.
Bayern simply looked like a team who had already qualified and were keen to not sustain injury and get out of Manchester unscathed. They were however very much scathed by an excellent City performance and a team who went about their business professionally even as the news filtered through from Spain that Napoli were 2-0 to the good. Contento at right back looked very incontento finding himself up against the magician for most of the night and any of his attacking intent cut out by Savic.
Man of the match was a difficult call as any one of the midfielders could have got the call. Some pundits gave us Nasri, who had one of his best matches for City and seems to have at last stepped on the gas. He moved fluidly along the line working well in tandem with Aguero who tirelessly worked the channels giving options all the time. It was a hard call between Nasri and Silva but Samir probably just edged it despite Silva`s tremendous goal.
Cynics might point to the understrength visitors going through the motions, but make no mistake, this was top quality performance from City and there is no doubt that the Champions League will be a poorer competition with their exit. But City will be back in this competition and a much stronger outfit for it, next season.
Bayern`s fans were fantastic visitors. They have great humour and tremendous passion for their team. We even heard them singing "Hark now here City sing, United ran away" in English. I`m not convinced that the Level Three scenario worked as it did not generate the atmosphere we had hoped for, I think it would have been better with the visitors in their usual place in the South Stand.
Next up is Chelsea and on this showing I think City is capable of getting a win at Stamford Bridge to keep them five point ahead at the top. United also surrendered their Champions League passport last night, losing in Basel. In their terms that amounts to humiliation, especially as they have ridiculed the idea of City playing in the Europa League. Now it`s their turn and it is a distraction they won`t enjoy with their dearth of quality playing staff. Still half a dozen one-nil wins and who knows, they might win it…. Assuming of course they don`t draw City!!

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.

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

Writer:Tranmere Loyal
Date:Thursday December 8 2011
Time: 9:50AM

Best of Vital Network


Excellent stuff as always Ped. We can be proud of our debut season in the CL, just a bit of naivety cost us against the Neapolitans, but as you allude to we will come back next season the stronger for it. Ten points is a decent haul in what many dubbed the 'Group of Death' and I suppose we can take some consolation that Stretford bowed out last night too from the 'Group of Life'. Now let's win the Europa League. Forza Mancini! Forza City!
08/12/2011 10:14:00
we can't all get to the Knockout stages in our fist season can we?
08/12/2011 12:12:00
What's this we business pale face?
08/12/2011 12:35:00
you what?
08/12/2011 12:47:00
08/12/2011 12:49:00
arrrrrr tell nasri that he should of stayed at arsenal if he wanted champions league football rotfl.......
08/12/2011 17:41:00
Nasri wants to win trophies Muffdaddy, that's why he left Arsenal.
08/12/2011 17:43:00
channel 5 or itv4
08/12/2011 18:56:00
What would you recommend Mick?
08/12/2011 18:57:00
Nasri still has a better chance of winning a European trophy this season than he would have if he stayed at Arsenal, that's for sure.
08/12/2011 20:05:00
Page 1/3
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester City Articles

No More Quarter Final Replays For City

Should Manchester City progress through to an FA Cup quarter final from the 2016/17 season onwards, the game will no longer be subject to a replay.

Fabian Delph Out Of England Squad

Manchester City and England midfielder, Fabian Delph picked up a groin strain in training and will not feature in England's game against Australia later tonight.

Video Tribute: Manchester City 2008 - 2014

The days of Mark Hughes, Robinho and Roberto Mancini seem to me to be just a distant memory, so, in an effort to kick-start the memory banks, shall we rekindle one or two Manchester..

What Did Manchester City Earn In 2015/16

With the 2015-16 season behind us, the final television allocation money based on league positions have been confirmed.

Archived VMC Articles

VMC articles from
As featured on NewsNow: Real Madrid news
Real Madrid News 24/7  

Site Journalists

Editor email
Johnny Baguette
no email
no email
no email
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

How many new players will Pep bring in this window?
Suggested By: johnkelv
Between 1 & 26%
Between 3 & 540%
Between 6 & 842%
9 or more12%
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

1.Buzz Lightyear396
4.Johnny Baguette210
6.Colin Is The King189