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City Throw Down Euro Gauntlet

A brilliantly professional performance at Newcastle saw City silence the away day win obsessed sports hacks whose frustration continues as City remain a top four side...

In Iceman style, I will say that City outclassed Newcastle for the second time this season tonight and in doing so, threw down the gauntlet to our realistically UEFA Cup rivals Everton, Villa, Pompey and Blackburn. Er, and Liverpool? Who would have thought this last summer!!??

Sure, the Champions League places that we have troubled all season remain a dreamland to continue a dalliance with, but we all must keep our feet on the ground after this brilliant start to 2008.

Just as the statistics relentlessly piled up against Stuart Pearce, they are doing so in the other direction for the superbly astute Sven-Goran Eriksson. That's only two Premier League defeats in sixteen games and only four defeats all season. Stunning.

The squad Svennis is building are coming together steadily and we are now in a position to top up our half full glass of Blue magic with a couple of campaign boosting signings.

What a confidence building victory to take to West Ham United in the FA Cup.

Well played, Blues!

Oh yes, and Allardyce for England.

The journalist

Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 2 2008

Time: 9:57PM

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Sven has got it spot on yet again.....ARE YOU WATCHING LAWRO YOU MUPPET....
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02/01/2008 22:03:00

Congratulations guys and good news from Anfield .
city 81
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02/01/2008 22:07:00

balls to UEFA, you gotta aim higher and fight Liverpool tooth and nail for 4th and the CL. Good win for you today - love to see fat sam lose.
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02/01/2008 22:09:00

Steady as we go, lads. So far so good, game by game the Svennis way! Difficult not to get carried away by the brilliant position we now find ourselves in, however! I've been saying for some weeks that when this side starts to click again, the football will flow. January and February hold some tough assignments. With reinforcements on board we can look ahead with real confidence.
Johnny Baguette
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02/01/2008 22:15:00

Good win City. Looks like you Everton and us for a possible Champions League spot. Alot of debate on Vital Villa on whether Liverpool can be beaten to it this year and I think one of us can do it. BTW - I bought Elano and Bianchi in my 06/07 Football Manager team before you bought them and they did really well. Funny how things turn out!!!!
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03/01/2008 00:12:00

The pressure is building inside Liverpool - the phone-ins are taking 'Benitez out' calls (ridiculous). Clear however that the septics will haul his ass out if they fail to take fourth. Personally fifth spot remains realistic in a three way with Everton and Villa.
Craig Cain
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03/01/2008 08:52:00

well done citeh...hope you can take 4th spot at the expense of diverhoof or chavski
fran merida
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03/01/2008 11:43:00

I wonder if JB watched it from his prison cell !!!
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03/01/2008 12:40:00

I fear Everton and Liverpool more than the Villa and Portsmouth for that 4th spot but I'm very hopeful with better players to come in. Just imagine if Nery settles in and becomes a success! Bring on WHU.
Barney Daniels
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03/01/2008 19:35:00

Barney Daniels, I think Chelsea Will deteriorate to sixth place or under!, It does not have this year the (self-long) .
city 81
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03/01/2008 21:26:00

Great result for you guys on the road and back up to fourth .. It'll would be great if a different team could break the stranglehold on the top four so why not City... You look more equipped to do it than us (Pompey) but I think Villa and Everton and of course Liverpool could run you close... For once the race for fourth spot could be where all the attention is this year - On the ball Ciry and as I said a great result at Newcastle .. I just hope they can now sort their problems out...
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04/01/2008 07:44:00

Cheers, Chix. I think it well get considerably worse before it gets better at St. James's Park. Allardyce's relentless arrogance and failure to give credit to opposition teams who have beaten him fair and square endears him to no-one. Furthermore, he is upset over the Elano incident, not so over Barton on Etuhu. A desperate man.
Johnny Baguette
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04/01/2008 10:10:00

Thanks for that Chix...There could be two places up for grabs in the top four as Chelski could find it difficult to maintain a challenge after losing players to come and join us...
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04/01/2008 10:12:00

must admit you're proving a lot of people wrong - good luck and let's hope it continues!
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04/01/2008 19:27:00

Barney Daniels, I think Chelsea Will deteriorate to sixth place or under!, It does not have this year the (self-long) . city 81 WHAT IS THIS GUY ON? Guess which team, despite being hit by massive injuries and suspension took 10 out of 12 points, only a last minute pen stopped us taking the maximum twelve!
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04/01/2008 19:29:00

I am sad when I find some people not to accept the truth and convert it to dispute without looking at data which we have given our opinion .
city 81
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04/01/2008 22:30:00

City81. Chelsea will stay in the top4 because they have such a massive squad with money to add proven players to the squad in January. What I like about Sven is he brings fairly unknown players together and quickly makes them into a team. I'm not convinced Benitez does this as well as Sven. I did forget Tottenham. If they get a decent defence and keep Berbatov, they will have a say.
Barney Daniels
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05/01/2008 13:45:00

unknown in england but these players are not unkown in europe.....elano, bojinov, petrov highly rated in europe........just because your footall knowledge sucks doesnt mean these players were unkown......bianchi is reated in seria so how can he b unkown
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05/01/2008 17:01:00

city 81 how can u say we will finish under you lot...........i hope u get 7-10 first team players out for a month or so.....we shall see how good u r then.......once the african nations are over wil still b in the top 3 challanging for title and CL
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05/01/2008 17:05:00

im not saying ulot wont come in the top 4 because i hope u do in liverpools expense
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05/01/2008 17:06:00


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