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You Rather Be In City Or Chelsea Boots Right Now?

Here comes an intriguing Community Shield clash. In the Sky Blue/Maroon corner English Champions, MCFC. In the Dark Blue/White corner, European Champions, CFC. Bring it on...

This could well be a cracker of a season's opener. It's interesting to see how the two clubs have faired this summer in both close season performance on the pitch and events off it.

In London, we're witnessing something of a squad overhaul as Roman Abramovich has begun to set about an ageing squad with rapidity despite the securing of a somewhat unexpected yet stunning European and FA Cup double. The axe has swung with gusto whilst bold signings have been made and doubtless will be made again before August is out.

In Manchester, an air of caution and an accent upon newfound stability has prevailed since the gold dust settled upon The Citizens first league title in 44 years. Since the lessons learned from 'Kakagate' radio silence has been maintained over potential transfer targets with dapper City gaffer Roberto Mancini straight batting the questions from frustrated anti-City brigade hacks crestfallen at the lack of opportunity to bemoan City's ruining of football again.

Back at Stamford Bridge it's clear that a summer of transition, not unlike the previous series for City whereby major surgery was afforded the team has led to a stuttering team performance that appears to have only strengthened Abramovich's determination to reinforce his effective. Certainly, events elsewhere in court cannot have helped maintain focus.

Up the M6 again and City can point to their most productive pre-season in many years despite as with Chelsea, the impact the club's representation at Euro 2012 has had upon the planning. Yet, key players like Carlos Tevez, Kun Aguero and Yaya Toure have benefitted from full involvement and it's crystal clear that squad morale is sky high.

Of the two Roberto's, few would deny that Di Matteo has the edge over Mancini where pressure is concerned. He will be expected to hit the ground running. Mancio, his control secured by a lengthy new contract bolstered by similar for his captain Vincent Kompany knows that being ahead of schedule, time will not be an issue and he holds the luxury of absolute support at The Etihad and from his Highness Sheikh Mansour. That said, it's widely accepted that City's ongoing situation whereby new blood has not come in has frustrated the cool for cats City gaffer.

There has been some concern generated across Planet Blue over City's absence of transfer activity, but should anyone really worry having seen Mancio successfully fuse a squad of hungry young internationals with plenty of miles to go on their clocks? This debate could run and run. No matter what, Chelsea's statement of intent has certainly thrown a gauntlet down in a title chase that may yet transpire to be more open than last season's battle with The Stretfords.

City and Chelsea Main Transfer Activity Summer 2012:


Edin Hazard
Thorgan Hazard
Marko Marin


Jose Bosingwa
Jeffrey Bruma
Thibault Courtois
Kevin de Bruyne
Didier Drogba
Rohan Ince
Tamas Kalas
Salomom Kalou
Patrick Van Aanholt


No signing.


Wayne Bridge
Greg Cunningham
Omar Elabdellauoi
Owen Hargreaves
Vladimir Weiss
Stuart Taylor

With much of Chelsea's previous robustness removed, the potential blur of swashbuckling pass and move we could see up front at either end at Villa Park on Sunday is a mouthwatering prospect indeed and one of the reasons this correspondent believes that if Mancio can maintain the juggernaut momentum City showed towards the end of last season and if Di Matteo can rapidly gel his new recruits then these two sides could yet be going head to head for the title in the coming campaign.

Which camp do you think has the neccessary edge right now? Give us your views both here and in The VMC Forum

all times East Manchester

Sun 12 Aug 13h30 Chelsea, Villa Park, Community Shield ITV1 HD
Su 19 Aug 15h00 Southampton, The Etihad, PL
Sa 25 Aug 15h00 Liverpool, Anfield, PL
Sa 01 Sep 17h30 QPR, The Etihad, PL


The draw for the 2012/13 Champions League Group Stage will take place in Monaco on Thursday, 30th August. The opening round of games will kick off in the week commencing Monday, 17th September.

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 7 2012

Time: 10:14PM

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That's easy, I'd rather be in City's shoes. This team has shown it has what it takes to win a title and they will take that confidence and self belief into the coming campaign. With Chelsea it's the great unknown, they have brought in some real quality and could hit the ground running but could just as easily struggle to find the cohesion early doors and may struggle to build up a head of steam.
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07/08/2012 22:29:00

City's boots of course! We don't have half a team of egos to bed in, our best striker in a generation hasn't just decamped to China and our manager is here for the long term, not just keeping the seat warm like Di Matteo. Mancini has culled the major egos from our squad, so there will be no Terry/Lampard revolts against the manager, and with all the new sponsorship deals in place combined with not having the need to spend a small fortune on instant-gratification style reinforcements, we are moving rapidly towards comliance with FFP. Can Chelsea say that?
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07/08/2012 22:32:00

chelsea is the great unknown but the unknown should be feared!!!!
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07/08/2012 22:41:00

City have had a better pre-season both on and off the field. Chelsea's signing's are expensive risks at best, all unproven, young, inexperienced prospects for the future. Signed to hopefully replace the ageing legs of the European Champions. Whilst the Premier League Champions are yet to sign anyone, pre-season has gone well, Aguero has been on top form and Tevez is looking sharpe, I personally think they will put a hatful passed Chelsea on Sunday. CTWD.
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07/08/2012 22:41:00

Nothing to fear but fear itself.
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07/08/2012 23:05:00

Our Community Shield loss last year was a lucky charm as we stormed into the Premier League with a long unbeaten run, I wonder if winning it this year would be a bad luck charm!
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07/08/2012 23:12:00

fifthcolumnblue - you don't have half a team of egos to bed in? Keeping the seat warm like Di Matteo? What a pity, I thought the article was brilliant and really inviting. Well, feck off then. See ya on Sunday.
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07/08/2012 23:14:00

i think man city and chelsea are both in comfortable boots right now its united who should be concerned
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07/08/2012 23:15:00

Comon guys, why hate? Blues unite!
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08/08/2012 03:15:00

Miaow FRLamp! You telling me Eden "I'll play where I want" Hazard doesn't have an ego? I reckon Di Matteo will be gone by Christmas if you're not in the top 3, whats the matter, truth hurt?
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08/08/2012 07:31:00

Basically it is just another pre season game yes it would be nice to win it, but is it really a trophy? It is a charity game and both managers will be using it to get players match fit. Perhaps to give it a bit of spice they should chage the name of the Trophy, but to what I don't know. I do know that the result wont be any influence on the league one jot.
Buzz Lightyear
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08/08/2012 08:38:00

I think it's gonna take a while for the Chelsea team to gel, looking at them pre-season we have been poor... City should get off to a good start, until Tevez throws his toys out the pram!
Mr Tommy Chelsea
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08/08/2012 08:52:00

Tommy, I think Tevez has just discovered which side his bread is buttered on. However it would notsurprise me if he moved on before the window shuts.
Buzz Lightyear
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08/08/2012 09:29:00

The truth??? The truths tht mancini wud nt hv been here unless qpr had not messed up big tym. Ur right hazard will play where he wants fifthcolumnblue... He'll play with mata marin and oscar whereever he wants in the opposition half and lead us to victory. KTBFFH
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08/08/2012 11:11:00

BT, did your crystal ball reveal that truth to you? How otherwise would you know what Mancini's fate would have been? QPR messed up did they? They came to the Etihad and scored twice, more than the vast majority of PL clubs did last season, they battened down the hatches and made it very difficult for City to score, eventually they succumbed to the massive pressure they were under, "messed up" is not how I would describe QPR's performance.
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08/08/2012 11:51:00

Mancini's job was secure even if he loss, this was decided after the loss to Arsenal.
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08/08/2012 13:02:00

to answer your question without being bias is very difficult if not impossible. I would say that if I was a City fan I wouldn't worry to much about what's gonna happen next season as the squad is full of talent and the player that the club has let go can hardly be described as crucial to the team. from Chelsea point of view I wouldn't worry too much also even thou it will take some tome for the squad to gel properly, but that's whats why there the older experienced players to ease the transition. reading the comments above it seems that there is some tension brewing between the two camps which I find compleatly unnecessary. both clubs have enjoyed success recently and both managers have done well given the the task they had in hand. to try and predict who is gonna get fired first is a waste of time and going into a argument about it... well the same.
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08/08/2012 13:08:00

also talking about egos, lets name a few Lampard, Baloteli, Terry, Tevez etc. a team without egos is spineless.
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08/08/2012 13:13:00

Good posts suppahigh but what is football without the tension and the accompanying banter?
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08/08/2012 13:17:00

good article i have to say and i am a chelsea supporter...but if i am to be honest i would rather be in citys boots for this game your squad is blooded and geling well had a stormer of a preseason and no changes in the squad from last season o every player knows each other well, its gonna take a while 3 or 4 games at least before the new chelsea start to understand each other even then its still uncertain if the players we bought will click there is alot of trial and error is a squad overhaul as im sure you city supporters will agree, how and ever i am looking forward to sunday either way win lose or draw as well as the upcoming season should be the best season for a long time and if us blues dont win the title i hope you guys retain it i just dont want it going anywhere near manure
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08/08/2012 13:33:00

yes of course. I just find it funny that two teams that are basically on the same level of spending when it comes to FFP, have both only started enjoying success big time only in the recent past can be pointing fingers at each other like the deaf laughing at the blind ( I don't know how the saying goes exactly in your part of the world but sure you get me).
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08/08/2012 13:35:00

Couldn't have put it better myself heart_of_blue. :)
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08/08/2012 22:43:00

You have compact team but Chelsea enjoyed success
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09/08/2012 22:06:00


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