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17 April 2015 07:39 Post ID: #548016
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Ok seeing how as we were so shorn of inspiration and graft last weekend take your pick from these as pre-match dressing room speeches......

"Half a league half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death Rode the six hundred:
'Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns' he said:
Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred"

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Or perhaps the following would be a more positive battle cry.....

"Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.
In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favour'd rage;
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect;
Let pry through the portage of the head
Like the brass cannon; let the brow o'erwhelm it
As fearfully as doth a galled rock
O'erhang and jutty his confounded base,
Swill'd with the wild and wasteful ocean.
Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide,
Hold hard the breath and bend up every spirit
To his full height. On, on, you noblest English.
Whose blood is fet from fathers of war-proof!
Fathers that, like so many Alexanders,
Have in these parts from morn till even fought
And sheathed their swords for lack of argument:
Dishonour not your mothers; now attest
That those whom you call'd fathers did beget you.
Be copy now to men of grosser blood,
And teach them how to war. And you, good yeoman,
Whose limbs were made in England, show us here
The mettle of your pasture; let us swear
That you are worth your breeding; which I doubt not;
For there is none of you so mean and base,
That hath not noble lustre in your eyes.
I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start. The game's afoot:
Follow your spirit, and upon this charge
Cry 'God for Harry, England, and Saint George!"

King Henry V (courtesy of Will Shakespeare)

We need something to gee up the players although I appreciate English poetry and prose might be a bit lost on many of the non-English speakers which is to say most of them, but WTF........little else has had much effect so far....

Oh and in injury news.....Skipper Vincent Kompany heads the casualties, with Stevan Jovetic, Wilfried Bony, Gael Clichy and James Milner also not fit.

Outstanding.

The rules:-

1) Name City's Starting XI - 1pt for each correct and a bonus of 5pts for getting it spot on.
2) Name City's 6 outfield subs - 1pt for each correct and a bonus of 4pts for getting them all.
3) Name the first player to come ON as a sub for City - 3pts for guessing the correct player.
4) Name them all - 5pts
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17 April 2015 16:33 Post ID: #548030 - in reply to #548016
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Inspiring stuff Skoorb...and here's my injury list ravaged impression of what will be going through Manuel's mind this weekend...

Hart

Sagna
Mangala
Demichelis
Kolarov

Fernandinho
Toure
Lampard
Silva

Aguero
Dzeko

subs

Zabaleta
Boyata
Byrne
Fernando
Nasri
Navas

1st sub Nasri
2nd sub Navas
3rd sub Fernando





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18 April 2015 11:49 Post ID: #548072 - in reply to #548016
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Hart

Sagna
Demichelis
Mangala
Kolarov

Toure
Fernandinho
Navas
Lampard
Silva

Aguero

Berti:-
Zabaleta
Boyata
Fernando
Nasri
Pozo
Dzeko

1st Sub - Nasri
2nd Sub - Dzeko
3rd Sub - Fernando
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18 April 2015 14:42 Post ID: #548081 - in reply to #548016
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Hart

Zabaleta
Demichelis
Mangala
Kolarov

Yaya
Fernandinho
Navas
Silva

Aguero
Dzeko

Berti:-
Sagna
Boyata
Fernando
Nasri
Byrne
Lampard

1st Sub - Lampard
2nd Sub - Nasri
3rd Sub - Fernando
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18 April 2015 20:18 Post ID: #548109 - in reply to #548016
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Hart - Zabaleta, Dimichelis, Mangala, Kolarov - Fernie, Toure, Nasri, Silva, Navas - Aguero

Sub - Sagna, Boyata, Fernando, Lampard, Dzeko, Pozo

First sub Dzeko
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19 April 2015 09:22 Post ID: #548132 - in reply to #548016
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Hart

Zabaleta
Demichelis
Mangala
Kolarov

Fernandinho
Yaya
Nasri
Silva

Dzeko
Aguero

Berti

Sagna
Boyata
Fernando
Lampard
Navas
Pozo

First Sub: Navas
Second Sub: Fernando
Third Sub: Lampard

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19 April 2015 10:24 Post ID: #548135 - in reply to #548016
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Hart

Sagna DeMichelis Mangala Kolarov

Fernando Fernandinho

Silva Nasri

Aguero Dzeko

Berti: Jovetic Zabaleta Milner Boyata Navas Lampard

First sub: Jovetic

Navas Milner
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19 April 2015 11:02 Post ID: #548140 - in reply to #548016
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Since I appear to be out of the running to win this competition this is the side I'd like to see rather than the one that will be appearing.

Hart, Zab, EDS left back, Mangala, Demichelis, Frank, Byrne, Navas, Barker, Silva, Aguero.

Berti: Pozo, Fernando, Fernandinho, Glendon, Boyata, Angelino.

1st - Fernando
2nd - Pozo

For the first time MP does not make all three substitutions.

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05 May 2015 19:23 Post ID: #549094 - in reply to #548016
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Skoorb 18
CITK 13
Buzz 12
Cochise 11
Kenny 11
JB 10
FCB 8
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