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Ped Into Europe, City Out

First of all may I apologise to avid readers of The Ped Report for being unable to offer my usual musings in the light of City's exit from Europe's Elite Competition. I spend most of the midweek working in France these days and do not travel as I have done in previous seasons. Equally as Mrs Pedmachine made an untimely visit to my new found abode, I had to take her out for dinner rather than sit in the Brasserie watching Satellite Direct.

The Blues took their much awaited and anticipated exit from not only the Champions League but also the Europa League at the hands of Borussia Dortmund last night.

The 1-0 defeat confirmed that the project might be falling off the Abu Dhabi rails as City became the first English club not to win a match in their group. I think even Lille won one match!

This will not be well received in the sand dunes but to most City fans it is probably now a relief to discover that we will not spend the latter half of the season playing our league matches after everyone else.

I firmly believe as does the magnanimous Mr Mancini that this should now spur City on to retain the title and hopefully throw in the FA Cup for good measure. That would represent success, not necessarily in adversity.

As City now only has to parade at weekends it would be unforgivable if they were to finish outside the top one. And this quest needs to start immediately with Stretford's finest heading along Mancunian Way on Sunday morning. Rested after possibly fielding a shadow team tonight and with the jersey pulling Serb waiting in the wings, the Stretfords will be wanting to bring to an end City's unbeaten run and their league match dominance at the Etihad which Dennis Tueart believes is the cornerstone to City winning the title for the second successive season.

They should start this by getting back to level points with the rags on Sunday and move the pressure their way as they know that after January they will be playing six times a month compared to City's four. This gives City more recovery time for injuries and only when Sky plays its scheduling games should any pressure come back to the Etihad.

Performances in the Champions League have been a bit of a shambles, especially as City had the Madrid game won before throwing it away in stoppage time. That would have put a different complexion on the Group with other teams taking note and maybe changing the way they addressed their matches against City. In the end, Mancini didn't send out his team to take charge of matches and they duly paid for this wherever they went.

The new learning curve starts again now, but having got the taste of silverware for two seasons, it is now time to keep the flow running and ensuring that the double is seen on campus by the end of May.

Let's see what Sunday brings!!

UPCOMING FIXTURES:
all times East Manchester
Su 09Dec 13h30 The rags, The Etihad, PL
Sa 15Dec 12h45 Newcastle, St James' Park, PL
Sa 22Dec 15h00 Reading, The Etihad, PL
We 26Dec 15h00 Sunderland, Stadium of Light, PL
Sa 29Dec 15h00 Norwich, Carrow Road, PL
Tu 01Jan 15h00 Stoke, The Etihad, PL
Sa/Su 05/06 Jan TBC Watford, The Etihad, FAC
Su 13Jan 16h00 Arsenal, The Emirates, PL
Sa 19Jan 15h00 Fulham, The Etihad, PL
Tu 29Jan 19h45 QPR, Loftus Road, PL




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Writer: Pedmachine Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 5 2012

Time: 3:06PM

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All that money, GIVEN to you, for you to become the laughing stock of Europe. Not even thursday nights for you. Worst English points tally ever. Shameful. How Mancini can try and put a positive spun on it is embarrassing.
Tottenham Hotcore
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06/12/2012 10:17:00

The laughing stock of Europe? Seriously? We were in a group with the Spanish, German and Dutch champions, does the difficulty of this group not register with you TH? We underperformed, no doubt but to suggest we're a laughing stock is ******** ridiculous to say the least. How have Spurs fared against the laughing stock of Europe in their last 3 attempts? Moron.
Bluedub
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06/12/2012 10:39:00

All that money GIVEN to you by Alan Sugar and you got nowhere with it.
StuMCFC
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06/12/2012 17:34:00

There has been no money GIVEN to anyone. What there has been an ongoing investment in a football club with a view to it's LONG TERM development as a force in the footballing world. Success has been achieved (err, what exactly have Spurs won recently?) but the club has not performed as well as the owners, management or fans would have liked but it is a steep learning curve in the face of some of the strongest teams in Europe this year. The media reaction has been a disgrace and completely unbalanced - very similar to this reaction TH. We need to get better but a 'laughing stock' is way off the mark.
Skoorb
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06/12/2012 21:29:00

@StuMCFC what money we have got compared to u,is like a millionaire and a homless man. haha epic faile even we manag to get out of groups stages an we even better that to past 1st round,u guys will end up like chelsea just a matter of time sorry but its true
123spurs
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07/12/2012 01:16:00

In the 90s, in the context of those days, it was PLENTY of money. And I'm not sure what you mean by "end up like Chelsea"... repeated league wins, domestic trophies, and the Champions League? Yes please, I'll take that. One thing is clear though, we'll never have the managerial instability of Chelsea as our head brass has a lot more patience as shown by giving that clueless charlatan Mark Hughes 1 1/2 seasons to waste time, and Mancini now 3 years into the job. PS: I'd rather be flopping out of a CL group with BVB and Real Madrid than squeezing past Panathinaikos in the Europa League. PPS: 10x what we've already spent still wouldn't be too much for what we felt when this happened: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qwoAIqynBc
StuMCFC
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07/12/2012 05:00:00

Keep licking that window spud fans.
fifthcolumnblue
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07/12/2012 17:19:00

at least were we able to get out of our group an a extra round further, where u can only dream of
123spurs
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09/12/2012 14:23:00

Who was in your group 123? Get a grip on reality.
Bluedub
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09/12/2012 15:31:00

 

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