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Van Der Vaart: City Has Lost It

Tottenham striker, Rafael van der Vaart believes his team has the advantage during the run-in for the Premier League title.

In recent weeks Manchester City's form have began to jitter especially with the goalless draw against WBA and the defeat at the hands of Sunderland, and the 28-year-old Netherlands international believes the tide has turned.

Following Tottenham's recent 2-0 over Everton the Dutchman said...

'City are not so consistent any more,' who was booked when City thrashed Spurs 5-1 in August.

'They have lost a few games and maybe that's a little in their heads so we can take advantage.'

'We will know where we stand after City. But everybody in the dressing room believes we can win the league. Absolutely.'

Spurs come to the Etihad Stadium in two weeks time (Sunday 22 January) in what is most definitely a six-pointer.

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Writer: danielqpr Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 13 2012

Time: 10:25AM

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Can't wait for revenge. :-) COYS
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13/01/2012 10:31:00

I have to admit but i'm bricking it already. If Wigan manage to get something from our game on Monday then i'll need therapy (my left eye is beginning to twitch) and the Spurs game is weeks away.
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13/01/2012 10:34:00

spurs fan here, still think its yours to lose....but does it make good reading that city v spurs will be a six pointer at the top of the league. wow how times are changing, eh?
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13/01/2012 10:34:00 doesn't matter how much your eye twitches mate, we have the original twitch(er).
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13/01/2012 10:36:00

Mind games occasionally work on fans - they don't work on players, nor will they work on Mancini. As far as I'm concerned, I like it when the opposition go all giddy - in the back of their minds they will feel that the job is already done. After our last few games, any lingering thoughts that we were home and hosed will have quickly gone - and I feel that gives us the edge going into the run-in. Don't let the last few results fool you, we mean business, and Mancini and the team will merely use this sort of mouthing off to strengthen their resolve.
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13/01/2012 10:37:00

Didn't VDV say something similar last season? We saw how that all panned out, didn't we?
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13/01/2012 10:50:00

BTW Spurs fans, I'm surprised not a one of you has cottoned on to the fact that 'arry's remarks this morning about how the amazingly virtuous Tottenham haven't spent any money are merely code for "There's no value in the market". Don't reckon you'll be very active in this transfer window then.
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13/01/2012 11:01:00

What Spurs fans have cottoned on to is that if this is what you get for a BILLION quid then good luck to you!
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13/01/2012 11:12:00

What you mean Michael, being top of the league?
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13/01/2012 11:16:00

And where are you getting a billion from? Since the takeover we have spent approx 420 million on transfers. Are you Dr.Evil in another guise?
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13/01/2012 11:25:00

By the way, will you guys fill up Ethihad atleast for Spurs game ?.
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13/01/2012 11:30:00

Are you a rag in disguise syd?
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13/01/2012 11:33:00

It's sold out mate, just like every home league game has been this season.
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13/01/2012 11:33:00

fifthcolumnblue, hurts isnt it, when people point out the truth. That Liverpool game home crowd was pathetic. Dont know, who you underestimated - Liverpool or Carling Cup semis in general.
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13/01/2012 11:37:00

I've just pointed out the truth syd, are you going to conveniently ignore that?
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13/01/2012 11:39:00

BTW syd, you didn't point out the truth in your initial post, you asked a question.
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13/01/2012 11:43:00

he must be looking at last seasons table
Buzz Lightyear
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13/01/2012 12:02:00

Syd - I've been a season ticket holder at City for 20 years this season. I wasn't at the Carling Cup match as I, unlike your manager, have paid my tax-bill to the inland revenue. We just had a local derby match (expensive tickets) 3 days earlier which I chose to go to - Much as I'd love to have gone to the Semi final, simply couldn't afford it, and I know quite a few people who felt the same. No offence to the Carling Cup, but it wasn't my biggest priority. But you still sound like a rag.
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13/01/2012 12:07:00

Oh, and if you want to argue numbers, tickets for the Wolves match at the Lane tomorrow for the Wolves game have been on sale since November 21st - yet you haven't sold out yet? Better get your ticket, erm quick!

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13/01/2012 12:12:00

@Fifth, LMFAO!
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13/01/2012 12:13:00

that'll learn him fifth, that'll learn him ;)
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13/01/2012 13:30:00

Yeah, let's blame the three loses, one after an offside goal that should have never been allowed, one that saw us unfairly with 10 men for 80 minutes and still fight back, and one with three of our top players missing and claim that the team is "not consistent". Good one, van der fart.
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13/01/2012 13:32:00

have u tried to buy one fcb??? there are no seats lol we have 45,000 people on a 50 a year paid waiting list for a season ticket lol as well as 36,000 who already have them. we would sell out a 60,000 seater every game never mind a carling cup semi final against a team with the history of liverpool even if we had played arsenal 3 days earlier
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13/01/2012 14:27:00

Lucky old Joe Lewis - he must be laughing all the way to his offshore bank. Dunno why they are still being advertised on your official site if there are none left - I don't reckon City's award winning website would make such a basic error of ommision now
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13/01/2012 16:34:00

The Carling Cup is a mickey mouse cup for this band of mercs and fans :P
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13/01/2012 17:50:00

FCB, i challenge you to see if you could get a ticket to a league game at Spurs, i can't get one.
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13/01/2012 18:34:00

Nah mate, too expensive to watch you at the lane - Lewis has the bottom line to think of after all - and a big expensive yacht to keep fueled up.
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13/01/2012 18:47:00

This bloke keeps talking City this season. Keep em coming.
Johnny Baguette
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13/01/2012 20:47:00

Van der Vaart is only saying what the rest of the footballing world are thinking - the rot is setting in and City will crumble
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14/01/2012 11:01:00

The rest of the football world needs their heads examining then. City were the only team in the league last year not to go 3 games without a win. The resilience is in this team.
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14/01/2012 11:37:00

hoping, niteworlok, hoping. Some people just don't learn, tut tut
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14/01/2012 12:18:00

lol rojo - just wait and see what happens the coming few weeks......
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15/01/2012 11:56:00


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