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Sunderland vs Manchester City - 7.45pm BST Capital One (League) Cup Match Day Thread
20 September 2015 19:57 Post ID: #556021
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City travel to the North East on Tuesday to face Sunderland in the League Cup for the first of three consecutive away fixtures. Tottingham in the Premier League and then the away leg against Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League follow soon after.

No time for the squad to dwell too much on the disappointing week they had in the "office" but one would hope that they have reflected appropriately on where things went wrong in both of the 1-2 defeats at the Etihad. Not enough intensity against West Ham, a misfiring, not 100% fit Sergio Aguero (who also needs to have a word with his boot sponsor Puma, AGAIN, about supplying him with longer studs, fins, crampons or whatever the hell they use on the under sole of their footwear these days) and a naivety once again exposed in Europe have taken the shine of City's immaculate start to the season. The net result? Another mountain to climb to escape the group stage of the CL and the rags now only 2 points behind us in the league.

Had those two slip ups been avoided Pellegrini's decisions on who starts against bottom of the table Sunderland might have been a bit easier. Now he will have to seriously consider who of his fringe players should be involved with perhaps more care as he will wish to ensure smooth progress to the next round of the League Cup. Will Roberts and Iheanancho get the opportunity to shine from the start? Will the real Wilfried Bony turn up?

Delph, Zabaleta, and Clichy have been joined by Kompany (26th Sept), Silva :doh!: , & Mangala (no return dates for either yet). Nasri is shown with a return date of 22nd Sept so could feature.

I would expect De Bruyne to start again after his performance at the weekend and a defensive pairing of Otamendi and Demichelis both of whom impressed against West Ham. Demichelis was cool and collected carrying the ball forward with ease and Otamendi seemed to make good on previous assessments of his success rate in winning tackles (ones which incidentally I would have said Kompany might well have given away fouls for). Otamendi was unlucky to be denied a goal by a super save from Adrian after he made great contact with one of City's 16 corners last Saturday.

Sunderland are bottom of the league, bottom of the form table and have only won one game this season when they defeated Exeter in the previous round of the Carling Cup.

If you wanted to pick an opponent to face in order to regain your mojo and confidence you probably wouldn't look much further than Dick Advocaat's team but then we all know how difficult these matches have been to negotiate in the past. The players need to have been left in no doubt whatsoever that this is not a fixture for thinking they can stroll it - they need to be on their game from the get go, quieten the crowd, move the ball forward more quickly rather than the sideways fare which re-emerged again last weekend.

Time to get back on the horse guys - THIS is where champion's show their mettle.

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21 September 2015 01:21 Post ID: #556023 - in reply to #556021
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Probable

caballero

Maffeo otamendi demichelis Kolarov

Navas Fernando de bruyne Roberts

Bony iheanacho
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21 September 2015 01:22 Post ID: #556024 - in reply to #556021
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Another top preview Skoorb, thanks
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21 September 2015 03:10 Post ID: #556025 - in reply to #556021
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Thanks for the preview Skoorb,how ironic that the darkside playing dull boring football are only one stumble for us at Totenham away from maybe topping the table.
We have hit a bad spot with injuries and whilst we have a very good squad we only have one wee David who will be badly missed because he can find killer forward balls when others go across and back across again. I think we should play with two holding midfielders and sit a bit deeper v Sunderland and aim to do them on the bounce, we need a win after two defeats in a row.
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21 September 2015 07:32 Post ID: #556026 - in reply to #556021
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I've not seen the game but from Talksport this morning, whilst singing the 'rags' praises and saying how much quality they have, little snippets of information coming out. One goal was patently off-side and should have been spotted by the linesman. Another goal was down to a ridiculous back-pass from a dosey Southampton defender. De Gea produced an awesome save from a header.

Lucky c*nts once again.

The are a threat but mainly because they have luck by the bucket-load whenever they are struggling.
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21 September 2015 07:47 Post ID: #556027 - in reply to #556025
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Nice scene setter Skoorb. Boy do we need a win all of a sudden!
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21 September 2015 08:36 Post ID: #556028 - in reply to #556021
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A win is a must - would play Hart, Fernando for Fernandinho and Sterling/de Bruyne/Navas (assuming Nasri is unfit) behind Bony - but with Roberts primed in case Navas is still unable to pass to a colleage.

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21 September 2015 09:13 Post ID: #556030 - in reply to #556021
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Navas is increasingly becoming an enigma. I cannot fault his work rate and his covering but there is only so much time you can spend on all that effort for so little end product either in the form of goals or telling crosses. His predictability in constantly cutting back inside is becoming a joke.

I think Caballero will probably get the nod in between the sticks and Maffeo at RB might be a good call from Buzz. The bigger question might well be whether Pellegrini opts to start with two up front.
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21 September 2015 10:00 Post ID: #556035 - in reply to #556021
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I'm worried about Little Fern and Yaya getting burnt out but what do we do? Our options in centre mid are very limited. Give Kean Bryan a start maybe?
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21 September 2015 10:02 Post ID: #556036 - in reply to #556021
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Whilst I'm worrying here's another, although Demi and Otamendi are both fine centre backs there's a serious lack of pace there that may be exposed with the high line we play.
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21 September 2015 10:07 Post ID: #556038 - in reply to #556021
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I think Otamendi seemed quite fast at the weekend but it is a valid point - Kolarov is certainly a risk if Johnson plays.

Fernando for Little Fern?
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21 September 2015 10:16 Post ID: #556040 - in reply to #556021
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I don't think he's slow Skoorb but I do believe the high line requires at least one pacey centre back.

Yep Nando will probably come in for one of the two but ideally I'd fully rest both before we go to Spurs and Gladbach.
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21 September 2015 10:59 Post ID: #556041 - in reply to #556040
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Report from Etihad sidelines from a mate on Saturday. "Kolarov looks knackered."

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21 September 2015 15:09 Post ID: #556047 - in reply to #556021
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Well he certainly seemed a shadow of the apparently rejuvenated player we had previously witnessed this season. Maybe he is not feeling 100% (cold etc) - can take the edge off but he seemed to have reverted to the constant receiving the ball-stop-pass the ball back inside pattern that used to drive me crazy.

May have to credit the opposition analysts for doing their homework and shutting down what had been a very productive, threatening partnership with him & Sterling. Sometimes it may not always be the player themselves I guess.
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21 September 2015 17:00 Post ID: #556055 - in reply to #556021
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It's all that running up and down the wing that he's been doing. He's not used to it
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21 September 2015 18:08 Post ID: #556063 - in reply to #556021
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Man City are in Capital One Cup action, as we enter into the competition, against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday, with this a 7:45pm kick-off.

Ok, perhaps the League Cup wouldn't be the 'priority' for City to win this season but it'll still be a competition that Manuel Pellegrini will take quite seriously I feel and will want the Citizens to do well in.

The City boss definitely isn't going to want a third successive defeat suffered so for that reasons alone he'll be especially keen to win this third round tie!

Read more: http://www.manchestercity.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=557039#...
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22 September 2015 09:40 Post ID: #556067 - in reply to #556021
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Have we factored in how seriously Sunderland might take it - play the kids and hope for the best or play a full strength side and er, hope for the best?

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