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Manchester City & Tottenham's Title Credentials

ESPN football pundits, Gab Marcotti, Janusz Michallik and Tommy Smyth discuss an eventful day (13/01/12) for AC Milan regarding Pato and Carlos Tevez.

In addition the team discuss Manchester City and Tottenham's title credentials and the ongoing tackling debate.

The show, in full lasts 23 minutes.

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Writer: danielqpr Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 13 2012

Time: 7:30PM

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Lots of comments to digest
*swoosh* (of wind)
Plenty of pundits reckoning the rags will fall away. We are now seriously mid poor patch. We'll be looking to shore up for the rest of the month and aim to grind out results, I reckon.
Johnny Baguette
Many pundits have got it wrong this season especially with the last crop of results .There will be many twists and turns still to come and with three points seperating 1st and 3rd the tilte is wide open and each game will be hard fought it will be a unique season
Quality over quantity any time Spuddies.
Its hilarious how the title race has all of a sudden become about City and Spurs. Where do Utd fit in to all this? We (Spurs) still have a lot to prove and tough away games against City, Liverpool and Arsenal all on the near horizon and even then, picking up points from those fixtures is only part of the puzzle, as without earning maximum points from the "on paper 3 point" fixtures, it all becomes meaningless anyway! Loving the fact we are up there, but it is a marathon, not a sprint, and still a very long way to go! COYS!!!
dave the yid
Indeed it is D t Y, may the best team win - as long as it's not the Stretford Redsox!
Taggart's talking about a high points haul, it's certainly going to take something extra to sustain a full charge and I'll hold my hands up, we don't have experience of a Premier League title battle. united cannot be ruled out. The word at City is that Paddy Vieira is proving a real asset through this rough patch, but he won't be coming out of retirement!
Johnny Baguette
Tottingham on a good run and are relatively injury and suspension free, can they keep it going? City in a bad spell losing three out of their last 5 games crisis? Still half a season to go and the best will be Champions.
Buzz Lightyear
Dave the Yid, exactly right mate. Still a long way to go and many twists and turns to come.
At end of season its gonna be us 3 at the top, cant see Chelski or The Arse or Liver****e coming anywhere close - Utd, Spurs, City is my prediction in that order for end of season table....
NW, is that genuine? or are you putting City in 3rd to get a rise out of us? Not having a go, just a genuine question and looking for an honest answer. My prediction, and it pains me to say it is U*d, City, Spurs. Having said that at the start of the season I was full sure it would be U*d but having seen how unbelievably ***** you've been on occasion this season it remains wide open.
Bluedub, don't be so defeatist. We have the best squad, we're playing the best football (Cup games aside) and we've got the kinder 2nd half of the season in terms of home fixtures. My guess is that Utd will falter badly but will just about hold onto 3rd, and Spurs will push us hard. I'm sure we've got enough to come out on top. Don't forget that the returning "brothers Toure" will be a huge advantage going into the last dozen or so games..
That's my nature Rojo. I believe we are capable, especially given what I've witnessed so far. Until we actually go and win a title though that doubt will always be there. It's the conditioning that I've received from so many years watching City that has me like this, perhaps it's a defensive mechanism, if I prepare myself for disappointment it will be easier to accept if it does come.
Don't forget folks - the transfer window ain't closed yet - not for us anyway, don't think it ever actually opened for the other two. If we can offload some of the current wastes of space, ie T***z, £2m pound per week player Adebayor, Bridge and Onuoha, that leaves room for reinforcement, room the other sides just don't appear to have yet. We'll win this, although it will probably be a nailbiter right down to our home derby in April.
I hear ya Bluedub, that's me all over normally too but i still feel positive about our title push irrespective of the wobble we've had. The fact of the matter is that none of the other teams were able to capitalise on the 4 pts we dropped since the New Year (Spurs always had that game in hand) and I take as much comfort from that as I do from the fact that we're 3pts fully clear with home games against Chelsea, Utd and Spuds to come. Don't buy into the crisis (until we lose to Wigan on Monday). As 5th points out too, offload the garbage and we could see some astute signings that will bolster the squad heading into squeaky season.
Don't buy into the crisis either. We won our last league game 3-0, we are three points clear at the top. As City fans we've known crises and being top of the table most definitely isn't one. Disappointing to go out of the FA Cup and to have lost the first leg against Liverpool ( the last time a scouser got that excited over one leg was Paul McCartney with Heather Mills and we all saw how that turned out :) ) but the positive to be drawn from them defeats is we didn't drop any points in what is the priority, the league. It may have also served as a timely reminder to our players that the job is only half done, it's time to pull the socks up again and rediscover our best form.
I see Spurs were robbed today by an offside goal that wasn't, perhaps they will too start hmm'ing and ahh'ing over strange decisions given against them as they pose a threat to Premier League poster boys United.
Well, Chris Foy dicked both City and Spurs this season, so your theory stands up Stu - can anyone remember when Jones last reffed us?
Against Liverpool when he sent Barry off and let chopper Adam away with murder.
Yeah, we beat Liverpool 3-0 but Jones still gave them everything and we conceded 13 fouls compared to their 7, and of course had a player sent off as we do every second game now, being the dirtiest team in the world and all despite having more possession per game than any team not named Arsenal.
Ah, knew I recognised his name from somewhere. When do we get martin Atkinson next I wonder?
fifth: Monday night against Wigan! :X
BD - I honestly think you will finish 3rd - I dont think there will be many points in it - but I think Spurs will pip you to 2nd by 1 point, and with us 2 points ahead of them - its gonna be a tight finish - saying that if anything happens to 'Arry - then
its gonna be you and us pushing each other right to the end
Just out of curiosity NW, where did you predict City would finish last season? I predicted fourth.
Id love a Spurs/City top 2! Id rather City won it than anyone, apart from us that is!
I'd love to see it myself HY, the last bit in reverse of course.
I think over the years City and Spurs have been the same over shadowed by the so called Elite, and both teams have had to work that bit harder to get any sort of recognition or that they are not just one off seasons but here to stay and challenge for the title and not just accept it will be the Sky 4.
buzz lightyear
Crikey, City v Spurs next weekend is assuming massive proportions! It'll be the annual City v Spurs High Stakes Head to Head for the third year running!
Johnny Baguette
Well this is why we must win tonight so that even if we lost to Spurs, we'd still be ahead of them and United (if United beat Arsenal).
BD i thought you would finish 3rd tbh

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