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Manchester City v Norwich City - Sat 31st Oct 3pm BST - Barclays Premier League Match Day Thread
30 October 2015 13:37 Post ID: #558213
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This weekend sees the Canaries travel to the Etihad to face Manuel Pellegrini's talented side. You would be hard pressed to find anyone giving Norwich City much chance of departing the ground with any of the points given the respective form of each side.

Since their uncharacteristic blip in mid September which saw back to back defeats in the Premier League, City have regathered themselves much as they did after losing Sergio Aguero in December last year following Basic's snide foul against Everton :evil: We have seen for a while now new boy Kevin De Bruyne confound and disappoint the legion of hacks whose innermost desire is to see City fail. "What do you get for £54m" they were asking.......well the young man has shown them with goals and an unselfish ability to assist others; :hat off: We have witnessed young (he is still only 20 years) Raheem Sterling settling into his new surroundings and similarly disappointing the hacks who claim he can't finish and we have seen Wilfiried Bony begin to show what he is capable of as he takes advantage of an extended run in the side :clap:

And last but not least we have seen just what makes Kelachi Iheanacho stand out from the crowd of young talent being nurtured at the City Football Academy. The bitter Deviant Cole should take note and instead of wallowing in self pity and pandering to the hacks who are becoming increasingly desperate to find sticks to beat City with. With UEFA beating a hasty retreat from FFP as some the previous advocates started to panic how they might be affected and City's growth in revenue delivering a profit thus removing the "City Ruining Football with their Filthy Money" angle they have reverted to digging up ex-City players, no matter how minor, in a vain attempt to smear the club as being solely responsible for the demise of young English talent. In tune with their innate talent for ignoring the facts (why let the facts get in the way of a good story eh?) - i.e. City are not the worst...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/england/11490370/We...

and the growing achievements within the outstanding facility Sheikh Mansour and his team have created in East Manchester.....

"a club-by-club breakdown of the 126 players called up by England at under-16 to under-21 level in August. Chelsea provided 17 of them, followed by City on 12, with Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal on 10, Everton eight, Southampton six and Newcastle five. The Old Trafford club contributed two, the same as Sheffield United and Reading, and fewer than Brighton and Fulham".

http://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2015/oct/24/manchester-cit...

....the Fail chose to interview a player whose view of his own ability seems to be above that of most who have watched him play.

Iheanancho's performance in the Capital One Cup trouncing of Pardew's Cloggers in mid-week proved to me at least what the coaches at City have seen in the young man and what presumably they had seen lacking in not only Cole but other non-English youngsters such as Lopes, Rekik and Suarez. They sense something different about him - a talent, a presence and that ephemeral 'something' which is difficult to define but which marks out players that are going to make it at the top of a tough profession from those who might not. Presumably the same thing that has caused Anthony BestThingSinceSlicedBread Martial to be so lauded. Well this young man has been flying below the radar of the media until his performance last week and although I hope Cole watched and learnt I seriously doubt that he would've registered nothing other than "I'm better than him" and sycophants near him would probably have reinforced his misguided and less than honest views. Oh well.....

Back to the game at hand......

In their last four home fixtures including the last gasp defeat of Seville in the Champions League City have scored eighteen goals .......without the services of the League's best forward the incomparable Sergio Aguero :bow: Sixteen of those goals have been scored against domestic opponents. Given that Norwich have lost their last four fixtures and conceded 6 against lowly Newcastle the travelling fans could be forgiven for wondering whether they want to make the long trek to the Etihad and spend the game fearful of what might happen.

Being long enough in the tooth to remember when such 'home bankers' were just massive banana skins previous City sides stepped onto with a kind of careless abandon I will probably not relax until we are six nil up with injury time remaining.......that said I feel that the squad this season are stronger mentally and have the determination not to allow this to happen.

Team news.....Pardew's Cloggers have consigned City stalwart Pablo Zabaleta to another period on the sidelines with a recurrence of his medial ligament injury; Fabian Delph remains grounded with his hamstring problem as are Aguero and Nasri. We may have to await Pellegrini's press conference tomorrow for updates on Sterling - also shown with a hamstring issue - and Silva. The latter might be available :yeh:

I expect the Kompany/Otamendi partnership that showed such promise during last weeks derby to continue and the full backs pick themselves although Clichy may find a place on the bench for the first time this season. Iheanacho turned in such a good performance in mid week that he is sure to get some more game time - it may just be a question of wether Pellegrini brings back Navas for a starting berth on the right and starts De Bruyne on the left. Such are the dilemmas facing those of us who attempt to out think The Engineer in Be The Manager.

With Arsenal and the rags also kicking off at the weird time of 3pm on a Saturday afternoon the tv corporation generated tension stemming from staggered kick off times over three days potentially creating artificial changes of league leadership will not happen. As we all know the early Premier League kick off will not affect the title race at all :pmsl:

But enough of these teams in the lower regions of the league......

Come On City!!
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30 October 2015 13:53 Post ID: #558215 - in reply to #558213
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@MCFC: PELLEGRINI: "@21lva is not in the squad list for the weekend as he still has some pain in his ankle. Fabian and Gael hopefully next week."

I'd go with the same midfield and attack as the other night but bring Hart, Kompany, Otamendi and obviously Sagna back in ( Zaba won't return until after the international break according to Manuel ).
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30 October 2015 14:29 Post ID: #558217 - in reply to #558213
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Thanks for those updates BD :yup:

Seriously hope Pellegrini has been cured of any dogmatic fixation with the "always give Flapper Willy two consecutive games" nonsense. That would be a serious misjudgement IMO.
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30 October 2015 15:34 Post ID: #558225 - in reply to #558213
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The home page is showing that Sterling has a hamstring, Anyone thoughts on this?
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30 October 2015 15:47 Post ID: #558226 - in reply to #558225
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Buzz Lightyear - 30/10/2015 15:34

The home page is showing that Sterling has a hamstring, Anyone thoughts on this?


Physioroom has him back tomorrow.
:thinking:

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30 October 2015 16:01 Post ID: #558227 - in reply to #558213
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Thanks Chris, nearly panicked :eek:
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30 October 2015 16:11 Post ID: #558229 - in reply to #558213
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Strange month. Norwich means we've only played outside Manchester once. W4/D1 up to now.
Manager of the Month rearing its ugly head?
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30 October 2015 16:27 Post ID: #558230 - in reply to #558229
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rossi2001 - 30/10/2015 16:11

Strange month. Norwich means we've only played outside Manchester once. W4/D1 up to now.
Manager of the Month rearing its ugly head?


Give it to Vinegar.
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30 October 2015 17:16 Post ID: #558234 - in reply to #558213
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Pellegrini played a dead bat in his presser regarding the 'Caballero to play?'

His consistent policy has been to play him twice before Hart returns. I'm thinking at the moment he'll continue with this, but after seeing him on Wednesday, I have to agree with Skoorb.

It was a similar misjudgement that Demichelis bailed him out against Palace that gave Spurs the inital advantage in that game.
With the greatest respect to all concerned, we can't give any gifts to the opposition.
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30 October 2015 17:26 Post ID: #558235 - in reply to #558234
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The ref tomorrow is Robert Madley, the fella who wrongly sent off Collocini in the Wear/Tyne derby last week. Hope he has a better game.

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30 October 2015 17:38 Post ID: #558236 - in reply to #558213
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Reffed our game against the Hammers a few weeks back.

I wonder will he have Truly and Deeply running the lines.

COAT!
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30 October 2015 17:55 Post ID: #558237 - in reply to #558213
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Think he will play Lil' Wil. Risky.
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30 October 2015 18:15 Post ID: #558238 - in reply to #558213
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Seriously hope Cabalero is on the berti.

Haven't seen the incident re Zab; was it, as suggested, a deliberate attempt to injure him by the Palace player or simply an unfortunate accident? Sounded bad at the time but good he's not out for longer.

I too am hoping for a goalfest but have followed City for too long to take it for granted!

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30 October 2015 20:33 Post ID: #558243 - in reply to #558213
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The thought of Caballero between the sticks gives me the willies and it is nothing to do with Halloween :148:

There is sticking to your principles and then there is denying what you see with your own eyes. Mind you Hart had his own scary moment against Seville when he decided to throw the ball out to an opposition player with Kolarov well of position. Nearly gave me heart failure :eek:

In respect to the Zabaleta question I can't comment but I do recall the summariser on Sky Sports questioning a tackle by Jedinak on Iheanacho which he described as "a bit naughty", he's left one on him there" so nothing would surprise me from Pardew's Cloggers.
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30 October 2015 20:40 Post ID: #558244 - in reply to #558213
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Full replay of the game on this site if you want to judge for yourself, zaba's injury happened in the 50th minute.

http://www.fullmatchesandshows.com/2015/10/28/manchester-city-vs-cr...

Just an accident but Palace were heavy handed at times.
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31 October 2015 08:10 Post ID: #558252 - in reply to #558213
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Possibly an experienced pro (Jedinak?) letting a young upstart (KI72) he'd better not try anything fancy?

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31 October 2015 08:19 Post ID: #558254 - in reply to #558213
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That's exactly how the summariser (no idea who he was) put it. Letting him know he's playing with the big boys now.......
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