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The international break has been good for Manchester City. Everyone connected with the club have been able to take a step back and see how far we have come inside a couple of unprecedented months, while our Academy graduates did us proud in Europe.

Our new players in particular have had a chance to pause from the frantic pace of Premier League football. They know what is required now having faced the likes of the rags and Arsenal at one end of the spectrum and the hapless Derby County at the other. The uncompromising Blackburn certainly gave our new boys a taste of what they can expect from certain encounters this season.

So far so good is the order of the day, but we need to score more goals to further lift the optimism and momentum currently engulfing the club. Starting with seeing off Aston Villa. Until that happens, guarded caution on our progress will be my viewpoint.

I'm looking directly at our midfield this weekend to up their work rate and stop a steadily improving Villa from playing, as well as using our unbeaten home advantage as a bedrock to make things happen for our strikers. We should be able to play more freely at home.

At the back, a Dunneless reshuffle is required and a Corluka-Richards axis will have to be strong to contend with the powerful Carew.

From the off we have to dictate play on saturday and get the excellent pass and move mentality under Svennis into top gear again. Villa are riding on the back of beating Chelski and very often teams who pull off the unexpected get derailed in their next game if the opposition make a flying start at them. Sounds familiar...?

Up front, Bianchi and Mpenza will always be a threat with the right service and with Bojinov and Sturridge not even options, this could be a chance for dare I say it, Georgios Samaras to do a phoenix from the flames by pushing for an appearance. If the lad can bag a goal and Eastlands gets behind him, who knows...?

...then again, SGE could always give the Villain's nemesis Darius Vassell a start for his usual input whenever they come to town!

Here's to an open and exciting game.
Attack, attack, attack.




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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 14 2007

Time: 11:59AM

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Vassell to replace Ireland and score the first goal.
alphieblues
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14/09/2007 21:40:00

An early City goal looks increasingly important to keep some old demons at bay. Same goes for a win. The way the league is shaping up this weekend a return to winning ways would breathe some life into the league table as Gary Chuckle's prediction of the usual suspects dominating once more is fast becoming a reality. Be nice to prove him wrong yet again.
Johnny Baguette
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15/09/2007 15:37:00

Jb, You have that feeling the same as I do, we wont do well unless we score goals, I hope in January we get the right winger. At the moment virtually everything was going down the left or centre, this makes it easy for the opposition to defend. Plus i know Richards loves to forge up front, but he needs to keep station with Corluka or we will be vunerable. So an early goal is a must to settle the nerves.
Buzz Lightyear
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15/09/2007 22:04:00

Best of luck for the games today boys, I hate playing you lot. Youve made us look useless so many times in previous seasons! Both teams are in good form with new exciting players, should be a cracking game.
son_of_cher
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16/09/2007 12:48:00

S o C, your teams still not changed then. If nothing else we are fighters. Good game could have gone either way, until Barry went to left back.
Buzz Lightyear
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17/09/2007 12:18:00

 

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