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City Spirit Must Stay Strong

Here comes Decisive December. Fixtures that on paper might not have appeared such daunting tasks a couple of weeks ago have to be negotiated. Tough assignments will swiftly follow heading into the Christmas period.

It's clear that there is a strong team spirit mentality in Svennis' City squad. The sight of Andreas Isaksson charging up the pitch to join in the celebrations after Superman struck against Reading spoke volumes for the evident togetherness. We are going to need every ounce of that spirit this December, as our small squad will be stretched to the limit in the next four weeks.

How the management team and players negotiate injuries will be critical. The hacks are making much of Elano's absence at Wigan, but the lad has looked unsurprisingly burnt out of late. You have to ask whether it was wise to start him against Birmingham and Reading post Brazilian duty. Even though he scored the winner versus Brum, have the demands on his body finally told? The extent of his hamstring injury in training at Carrington this week should be known shortly. Fingers and bootlaces crossed for a positive outcome.

Of course, we have a more than capable replacement in Geovanni ready to make his first start since slaying Taggart's rags at the end of the summer. He's had his own injury issues but encouragingly, got right in amongst it after he came on against Reading. His performance will be the key as we take on the Wigan Pietasters.

And what of Wigan? Yet another side who we owe big time following clueless cave-in's during the Pearce-Wigley era. They will be right up for it led by their new gaffer and one of our favorites, Steve Bruce. New Manager Syndrome can go either way. You either get a continued initial nosedive or a sudden resurgence, and we should know, because we are Man City Fans. I'm predicting a close fought scrap.

Of course, we will take on another new manager both home and away in the league and league cup this month. Juande Ramos, heavily linked with City last summer has got a hell of a job on at Spurs, not least in overcoming the language barrier. But the signs are there that he is slowly galvanising his team and outside of their dodgy defence, they are rediscovering some of their potency.

Whatever happens, both Spurs and Wigan will do well to show City some respect. We are unbeaten in four games since our humiliation at Chelski, only conceding once. That result alone appears to be motivating our players to be prepared to dig in for victory.

Sandwiched inbetween the 'Spurs Series,' newish Bolton manager Gary Megson will bring his increasingly combative but essentially dreadful side to Eastlands. You just can't see Sven throwing a Taggart style hissy fit as the inevitable crunching tackles fly in though, can you?

Assuming we get through the above encounters relatively unscathed, we face a resurgent Aston Villa, an always stubborn Blackburn and a talented Liverpool before we reach January and the MCFC reinforcements arrive.

In conclusion, City have to continue to keep it tight and take the opportunities we create. Home advantage must continue to tell, but we must carve out some wins away from home if we are to maintain our top five position.

However, for Decisive December to become Dynamic December, we need to score more goals and our strikers must deliver.




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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday November 30 2007

Time: 9:46AM

Your Comments

Will Sven change the system slightly, Geovanni is more of a play maker than striker, he can make those vital through balls. Will Sven go 4132 Petrov Geovanni & Ireland, with Bianchi and Mpenza, who play well together. Bianchi cannot run the line on his own, it is not his game, but with Wigan shipping goals, you have to go there to win if you are to maintain our position.
Buzz Lightyear
Stick with 451: Were you suggesting that we drop Fernandes? With you on Elano JB - said it on both occassions that Geo should have started after the intl duty.
Craig Cain
I dunno Buzzer. I was impressed with Bianchi when he came on against Sunderland. He got in amongst them and shook things up winning every header. His knock downs and holding up the ball for Geo, Superman and Petrocket? Give it a go? Seems to be a groundswell of votes for him today, too.
Johnny Baguette
If no attacker ready with Eriksson only Bianchi, He will Prefer to play Dunne striker of the Bianchi !!, I really do not know what the problem Ericsson with Bianchi .
city 81
Not many Italian players settle that well in England for some reason, city 81. You never know, though! Maybe Bianchi's time is coming!
Johnny Baguette
If he gets the opportunity, he's going to have to grab it and impress.
Craig Cain
JB,CC, I hope that the reason for not play is more time to adapt player with the way the English game and I hope do not be preserved to Seconded to one of the Italian clubs, Bianchi is dangerous striker, But he need striker with him & financier from Midfield like Elano .
city 81
I'm hopeful that Geovanni and Bianchi get a chance to play together. This could be the turning point of the season for us with Petrov, Geo, Bianchi and Ireland all pushing forward to score goals. I predict 2-3 to Man City
Barney Daniels
The trouble when you are not playing is you lose the pace of the game very quickly and it is hard to get going. Bianchi has loads of talent. Fernandes gets better each game, but it would not surprise me if they went 442, just to change things round away from home. Wigan are lacking confidence, but they are a bogie team. I still expect a win IF we don't squander chances.
Buzz Lightyear
Who will be the goalkeeper for tomorrow?! >>> It is difficult to me Follow-up match a live :(
city 81
I can't split Hart and Isaksson but Hart is easier to spell! Although I don't expect Wigan to be rolled over, I don't fear them and I just feel that Geo if played in the same position as Elano can do some real damage. I'd even tip him for 2 goals and one from Bianchi. I'd be truly miffed if Mpenza plays. The lad stood out last season but we all know why that was. 5,000 going down. We'll definately be heard against the shambles that support Wigan and I think that will lift us. Geo will be up to impress so I definately sense goals.
Barney Daniels
City 81, have a look at http://www.liveonlinefooty.com this may help. Isaksson will be in goal Sven promised them all a run and then he will decide who gets no.1 spot. agree barney difficult to splt at the moment, but Isaksson not really been tested.
Buzz Lightyear
Buzz Lightyear,Thank you for the site, But you & Barney Daniels did not understand what I mean, I am scared to watch the match and I just want to know The final result of the match:)
city 81
You would just enjoy it, Its just like watching Brazil! where have I heard that one before
Buzz Lightyear
BL, do you advice me when I watching the record, I see only the first minute of the game and then I must close the tv To maintain my health ?!!
city 81
Time for the bubble to burst, you know its going to happen sooner rather than later..
col8
 

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