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Borussia M.Gladbach vs Manchester City - 7.45pm BST UEFA Champions League Match Day Thread
27 September 2015 10:57 Post ID: #556609
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After City once again surrendered a lead and then sank with little trace of the sort of character or resilience required of Champions this seemed to be an appropriate place to start.

Oh my goodness.

After their stunning start in the Premier League City's season is at grave risk of crashing down around their ears unless the squad can dig deep and summon up a performance from the very top drawer against Bourssia M.Gladbach on Wednesday evening. To say that the season hangs in the balance is a stretch too far perhaps despite how badly Blues will be feeling this morning.

But lose again on Wednesday and Blackadder's words may well seem more on the money. Football is a funny game. The dynamic and cohesiveness in our play that were so evident to one and all in the early days of the season have vanished, evaporated, melted away since the capitulation against Juventus. It is as if those first few weeks were a dream. Did they really happen?

Over the space of the last eleven days the halo has slipped and the rosy glow produced by imperious, flowing football has faded. Three defeats in four matches, two after having taken the lead have left us looking back down the track at the wheels which have fallen off the City wagon. We appear once again to be staring down the barrell.......

But just as we turned last season's imminent departure from the group stages of the Champion's League on it's head with a stunning 0-2 victory in Rome, so the chance now arises to confound expectations and deliver a similar result in Germany.

It will not be easy. City's spine has been decimate and the foundation of the season's good start, an unchanged, solid defence, disrupted. I would defy any team to suffer the same disruption to key personnel (Hart, Silva, Aguero, Kompany, Toure...) without suffering. The myth long put out in the media has been about the depth of City's squad, the 'embarrassment of riches' but the truth is that NO squad can replace a David Silva or the leadership of the club Captain easily. New players take time to settle in and although De Bruyne has shown what he can offer he remains new to the team as does Sterling. But EVERYONE now needs to step up and this may be the time for some new heroes to emerge.

What can I tell you about our next opponents?

Tournament - Bundesliga Season 2015/2016

Goals per game - 1.3Avg.
Possession - 55.3%
Pass Accuracy - 83.2%
Shots per game - 11.6
Tackles per game - 16.6
Dribbles per game - 11.7
Discipline - 12Y 1R

They like to take shots from outside the area and given the possession stats and pass accuracy will be tough opponents especially as they seem to have found some form after a shaky start to their season. They have won their last two games in the League - perhaps the impact of a new interim coach after the previous chap left following a series of 5 defeats.

City travel with a threadbare, depleted squad and a massive task ahead of them.

Maybe it is time for some new heroes in Sky Blue....or luminescent green-yellow :cool:
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27 September 2015 20:26 Post ID: #556633 - in reply to #556609
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28 September 2015 13:37 Post ID: #556650 - in reply to #556609
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I know it's schadenfreude, but I see Juve still only have a single win in Serie A thus far. Makes me a bit happy.

M.Gladbach have 2 wins and 5 losses this season. They seem to win or lose, so I don't expect a draw in this game.
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28 September 2015 14:09 Post ID: #556651 - in reply to #556650
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PhillyBlueMoon - 28/9/2015 13:37

I know it's schadenfreude, but I see Juve still only have a single win in Serie A thus far. Makes me a bit happy.

M.Gladbach have 2 wins and 5 losses this season. They seem to win or lose, so I don't expect a draw in this game.


And Sevilla - how are they getting on?

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28 September 2015 15:21 Post ID: #556655 - in reply to #556609
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They are not pulling up any trees .......but that doesn't give me any confidence

http://www.whoscored.com/Teams/67
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28 September 2015 15:24 Post ID: #556656 - in reply to #556609
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Any chances that BMG will be benefitting from 'New (Temporary) Manager Syndrome' when they play us?

Their coach Lucien Favre resigned just over a week ago. The Fohlenelf are currently being managed by Andre Schubert.

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=2285080.html?rs...
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28 September 2015 15:30 Post ID: #556657 - in reply to #556609
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Interim Borussia M.Gladbash coach Andre Schubert....

…the game against Manchester City:

"We are of course looking forward to the match, it will be a great challenge. The best thing about football is when you have a game plan as a team and can execute it out on the pitch. If you do so, then you have the chance even against the strongest of opposition. We want to try and get something on Wednesday and I am unbeaten against Manchester City (laughs). We drew 1-1 against their youth side with our U23s in the Premier League International Cup most recently."

http://www.borussia.de/english/home.html

Worryingly they seem to have a plan.

I hope we remember to pack ours when we fly out
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28 September 2015 16:47 Post ID: #556660 - in reply to #556609
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Ah, but is it a cunning plan? :thinking:
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28 September 2015 17:42 Post ID: #556661 - in reply to #556609
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I think we win big and Juve gets beaten by Sevilla in a close game. The puts us level with Juve and 3 points behind Sevilla. I think we then beat Sevilla, draw level with them, beat M.Gladbach again, draw Sevilla and Juve to close out, and advance. Simple as that.
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28 September 2015 18:21 Post ID: #556662 - in reply to #556609
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Hmmm . . .

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28 September 2015 20:12 Post ID: #556663 - in reply to #556609
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A cunning plan indeed Philly. Beat the Munchens again when we're supposed to be in Sevilla. It might just work. :duck:
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29 September 2015 11:23 Post ID: #556664 - in reply to #556609
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Bravo Philly, we must stay positive until we get all our top players back from injury.
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29 September 2015 13:26 Post ID: #556665 - in reply to #556663
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citizhun - 28/9/2015 15:12

A cunning plan indeed Philly. Beat the Munchens again when we're supposed to be in Sevilla. It might just work. :duck:


Exactly. We need to ruin football by not listening to "schedules" and "rules"
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29 September 2015 20:24 Post ID: #556670 - in reply to #556665
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With Silva and Yaya training , should we throw them in or introduce them with a 25 min run at the end of the game?
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29 September 2015 21:27 Post ID: #556673 - in reply to #556609
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Let's hope our games don't turn out like the ones tonight. Not a great site to see both teams losing at this point (against teams they should be beating)
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30 September 2015 06:03 Post ID: #556675 - in reply to #556609
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Hart, Silva & Yaya training today...God help me I have a good feeling about this one Blues....
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30 September 2015 07:24 Post ID: #556679 - in reply to #556675
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powertothepeople - 30/9/2015 06:03

Hart, Silva & Yaya training today...God help me I have a good feeling about this one Blues....


I don't. :154:
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