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Manchester City vs Juventus - 7.45pm BST - UEFA Champions League Match Day Thread
13 September 2015 21:08 Post ID: #555452
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After surviving an attritional, abrasive encounter at Selhurst Park on Saturday City return once again to sup at Europe’s Top Football Table potentially shorn of their talismanic striker Sergio Aguero. City fans will be waiting anxiously for news on his progress following the scything tackle from Scott Dann after the lightening fast Aguero had turned him and left the defender trailing in his wake. Despite the positive nature of his tweet on Saturday he has to be a serious doubt for this Champion’s League opening fixture.

After Besic crocking him against Everton last season and now this action by Dann is anyone else getting as seriously hacked off as I am at this outstanding footballer getting the sh*t kicked out of him?

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Right, that’s enough self pity for the time being. After all - we’re not rags are we?

City start their fifth consecutive Champions League campaign against the Italian Champions - Juventus. History can teach us very little in respect of encounters between the two sides, the last time we faced off against them was in the Europa League group stage in 2010. Both games ended in 1-1 draws.

In respect of current form, whilst City have started the new season on fire with 5 consecutive wins and zero goals conceded, Juventus have made a lacklustre start to the defence of their title. Having lost Tevez, Vidal and the imperious Pirlo to various parts of the globe they sit 15th in Liga 1having collected only a single point from a draw against Chievo in their last game and that through a penalty in the 84th minute.Their only victory has come against Lazio in the Supercoppa Italia over a month ago.

Couldn’t be a better time to play them it would seem? Well, I am taking nothing for granted. Despite the loss of those key players they will not have become a poor side overnight and City will need to be utterly focused on the task at hand. As we witnessed last season, you can underperform in the group stage games and still get through to the knock out rounds, but something is telling me that it is critical for City to secure all three points from this home fixture especially. It will also provide a huge boost to confidence and morale. City have endured a tough apprenticeship in the Champions League, they have spent big and perhaps now is the time to show that they have learned their lessons. Winning the group would be really, really nice.

City will definitely be without Delph, Zabaleta and Clichy. Sterling and Silva were absences for the Palace fixture were hopefully only precautionary and of course there remains the healing powers of Sergio Aguero. All toes and fingers are crossed awaiting Pellegrini’s press conference.

For Juve Khedira and Asamoah are unavailable. Pogba, a substitute at the weekend, may well start for la Vecchia Signora.

The referee for this fixture is Slovenian - Damir Skomina. He has previously officiated City games in the Champions League, both away defeats in the group stages against Napoli in 2011/12 and then Real Madrid in 2012/13. Stats wise I do know this……Average penalty awards Home side/Away side…..0.14 vs 0.07; Ave Red cards H 0.04 A 0.19; Ave Yellow cards H 1.89 vs 2.4. Let’s hope he doesn’t buck the statistics.

Away we go again on another Champions League campaign. That reads great doesn’t it?
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14 September 2015 06:30 Post ID: #555461 - in reply to #555452
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We have the squad to win this game, pretty sure poor Kun will not be up for this game in time.
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14 September 2015 12:57 Post ID: #555471 - in reply to #555452
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Aguero ruled out by Pellegrini in his presser, should be ok by weekend. Silva and Sterling good to come back into the side.
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14 September 2015 14:56 Post ID: #555474 - in reply to #555452
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Thought he wouldn't make it - that bang he took was pretty hefty and it would very sore and bound to be some swelling. He is too important to risk and rest is required.

One door closes.......and another one opens for Wilfried Bony I assume. Time to see how he fares on the big European stage. Good news about Silva and Sterling :yup:
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14 September 2015 16:49 Post ID: #555484 - in reply to #555452
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It's hardly surprising really is it?

Most of us would have expected this after he went off against Crystal Palace, particularly with his knee so heavily iced at Selhurst Park, but Sergio Aguero will miss Man City's opening Champions League game on Tuesday.

Raheem Sterling and David Silva should be back though!

Read more: http://www.manchestercity.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=556788#...
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14 September 2015 17:00 Post ID: #555486 - in reply to #555452
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I am really pleased that it is not as serious as it could have been with Cruciate ligament injury in the knee, which could have ruled him out of a chunk of this season.

I would rather have a 100% fit Sergio than risk a 95% one

good new re Sterling and David Silva, now the question is who starts and who warms their bums.
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14 September 2015 17:09 Post ID: #555487 - in reply to #555452
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Another top preview Skoorb and I agree that players are taking one for the team when takin g out Aguero hoping that it is enough to just earn them a yellow. The cheer from the Palace fans when Sergio called it a day and that for me said that Palace did not derverve anything from that match.

Juve, however is a different matter and we need to be alert and to try and have our best players available VMC Admin reports that The S boys should be OK.

I think Pellers should have 5 across the middle to try and negate Podgba but which 5. Silva Fernandinho Yaya Sterling and one from Kev, Sammir and Jesus. who would be a manager on Millions a year and having to decide who starts.
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14 September 2015 17:24 Post ID: #555489 - in reply to #555452
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Can someone confirm that Ian Nacho is not yet eligible to play has he has not named in the A list.
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14 September 2015 18:03 Post ID: #555491 - in reply to #555452
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He can't play as he wasn't named on the A list and he doesn't qualify for the B list yet. There's some debate about when he qualifies, but it's January 2016 at the very earliest, and possibly not until Feb 2017
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14 September 2015 21:12 Post ID: #555498 - in reply to #555452
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Is there a boy band performing at the Etihad tonight?



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14 September 2015 21:27 Post ID: #555499 - in reply to #555452
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More like a bunch of old ladies





Shrek alert!
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14 September 2015 21:46 Post ID: #555500 - in reply to #555499
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Are they expecting floods?
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14 September 2015 23:09 Post ID: #555501 - in reply to #555452
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Heard a comment on Radio 5 Live earlier this evening that Fernie and Nasri had picked up knocks at the weekend and were doubts.
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15 September 2015 00:27 Post ID: #555503 - in reply to #555501
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Colin Is The King - 14/9/2015 23:09

Heard a comment on Radio 5 Live earlier this evening that Fernie and Nasri had picked up knocks at the weekend and were doubts.


Yeah, heard that myself - bit worrying, especially if Silva and Sterling only just coming back from knocks themselves
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15 September 2015 08:32 Post ID: #555506 - in reply to #555452
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Remember Juve at Maine Rd in the UEFA Cup, late 70's, won 1-0 with a goal from Tueart but lost 0-2 in Turin. 1-0 will do me this evening.



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15 September 2015 09:16 Post ID: #555508 - in reply to #555452
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I predict 3 zip, Juve have lost three key players from last season, now its our time to shine.
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15 September 2015 14:45 Post ID: #555522 - in reply to #555452
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Vital Preview – Man City v Juventus

Man City's Champions League campaign gets underway against Juventus at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday; with this a 7:45pm kick-off.

The Champions League hasn't, all in all, been that successful for City since we've been involved in it. You can't get 'carried away' by the start to the season but you sense we can, and should, do much better this season!

We'll find out soon enough....

Read more: http://www.manchestercity.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=556818#...
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