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Seville v Manchester City - 7.45pm BST Tues 3rd Nov - UEFA Champions League Match Day Thread
01 November 2015 12:57 Post ID: #558519
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Having narrowly avoided throwing away points at the weekend against Norwich, City head to Spain for the return leg of the Champion’s League group matches against Seville.

City ‘won ugly’ last weekend, struggling to get past a dogged and organised Norwich and almost throwing away the points. After his dropping the ball obligingly at Cameron Jerome’s feet as the match moved into the final ten minutes, one in the ground was more pleased than Joe Hart to see Toure tuck away the 88th minute penalty. It was just as well that we weren’t relying on Kolarov to deliver given how he shanked the opportunity to add to City’s goal difference with the last kick of the game. It has often been said that it is the mark of a good side that they can manage to win games despite playing poorly. It is certainly a great knack to have but boy as a fan it can drive you a bit nuts.

Let’s hope they have gotten it out of their system. Play that poorly against Seville and there won’t be much joy on the return flight to Manchester.

The injury time winner delivered by Kevin De Bruyne when the sides met at the Etihad has provided a platform for getting out of the group which few expected as the clock was ticking down. Avoiding defeat at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium on Tuesday will strengthen that platform for sure but, as we all know from our experiences last season in Rome, it can go down to the wire depending on other results.

Since Kevin De Bruyne broke Spanish hearts Seville have beaten Getafe 5-0 at home with Gamiero scoring a hat trick and lost away to Villarreal. They currently sit 9th in La Liga and after disappointing form at home earlier in the season they have won their last three home fixtures. They will be up for this and I fully expect their winger Konoplyanka to once again pose a major threat. It may be one to watch from behind the sofa. They are no mugs as we saw from the first fixture.

City will need to be on their collective toes from the outset and I would expect Pellegrini to deploy Fernando and Fernandinho in front of the defence for this fixture. Sadly City will be lacking the talents of Aguero once again which is a mighty shame as this is just the sort of fixture that he is made for. On the brighter side Silva may be fit enough to return and so add the guile and laser like passing which was so absent against Norwich. After shining brightly I felt against Palace ,Wilfried Bony did not make the best of the chances that were created for him at the weekend. Some deft touches from Kelachi Iheanacho and De Bruyne presented him with good opportunities but he seemed to try too hard and snatch at his finishes. Just settle down Wilf, trust in your ability and breathe…….

No real news on the injury front so with Zabaleta out for another few weeks I expect the back line will continue with Kompany and Otamendi growing in understanding and Sagna and Kolarov on the flanks. If the twins are deployed that will push Mr Grumpy aka Toure further forward relieving him of some of those onerous defensive duties he finds so taxing, Bony should lead the line and De Bruyne will start leaving the final berth between Navas and Sterling (Iheanacho remains unavailable for CL just yet).

City need to demonstrate that they are maturing at the European game and deliver the sort of result required to progress from the group. It has been a steep learning curve and they may be handicapped by the absence of their first choice striker but they have enough collective experience to know how to get a positive result from this fixture. This is actually an opportunity to make a real statement in the competition…….

But if they escape with all three points having ‘played ugly’…….I don’t think I shall be complaining too much.

Come On City!
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01 November 2015 15:31 Post ID: #558526 - in reply to #558519
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thank you skoorb, I agree, winning ugly when not playing well says a lot about the team.

I wonder if City will start without a recognised striker, a move which caused a stir last time out against this side.

a must not lose game
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01 November 2015 15:42 Post ID: #558528 - in reply to #558526
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"I wonder if City will start without a recognised striker, a move which caused a stir last time out against this side."


Oh yeah, I forgot about that.
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01 November 2015 18:33 Post ID: #558532 - in reply to #558519
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Wilf? :thinking:
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01 November 2015 20:49 Post ID: #558533 - in reply to #558519
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Great read Skoorb. Cant see MP playing Sterling from the start but what would I know- I backed the Aussies to beat the all black beasts.

I would persist with Bony . If he gets his first touch going he will be able to hold up play and relieve pressure. Rather like Nasri when he gave a f..k. Cant see us losing over there if ten men realise that AK cannot defend and cover him. Hope both teams boo the Antham.
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01 November 2015 21:11 Post ID: #558534 - in reply to #558519
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A hamstring strain has ruled forward Kevin Gameiro out of the Champions League match against Manchester City

http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/2914/champions-league/2015/11/01/168...
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01 November 2015 21:26 Post ID: #558535 - in reply to #558534
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Conor Planker was definitely their biggest threat the last day, he's a tricky little **cker and gave Zaba a torrid time. I did think Sagna wrapped him up well though when he moved over to that side, granted he may have been tiring at that stage.

I'll be delighted with a point in this one.
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02 November 2015 00:00 Post ID: #558536 - in reply to #558532
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citizhun - 1/11/2015 18:33

Wilf? :thinking:


I am 99% he may go with Wilf, but he will be our only striker and maybe the first to be sacrificed if Sevilla carve up the midfield.

there will be at least 5 across the middle and he may go

Sterling(Navas) Ferna Ferno Yaya Debruyne
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02 November 2015 01:39 Post ID: #558537 - in reply to #558519
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Yes, 5 in the middle is the way to go. Big Wilf surely can't keep on missing gilt edged chances, can he? I will also be happy with a share of the points, but a win will give us a shot at topping our group, which will do our KO round chances no harm. I expect Fernando to get a spot, if Silva does not feature.
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02 November 2015 08:47 Post ID: #558542 - in reply to #558519
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A point would be fine. And find a starting berth for Fernando in place of Kipling pleease!

Surely Bony cannot be as profligate against Sevilla as he was against the Canaries - can he?

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02 November 2015 10:27 Post ID: #558546 - in reply to #558519
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He will find his feet out Wilf, it coming and he will get it right, but I do think we are a striker short in the squad
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02 November 2015 11:12 Post ID: #558547 - in reply to #558519
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Looks like Silva is set to miss this one too, he didn't train today and neither did Nasri.

In better news both Clichy and Delph trained.
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02 November 2015 11:15 Post ID: #558548 - in reply to #558519
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Man City: Double injury boost for Blues - but Silva doesn't train

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news...
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02 November 2015 11:40 Post ID: #558549 - in reply to #558519
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And find a starting berth for Fernando in place of Kipling pleease!

Agreed.
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02 November 2015 11:42 Post ID: #558550 - in reply to #558549
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Brutto - 2/11/2015 11:40

And find a starting berth for Fernando in place of Kipling pleease!

Agreed.


I'm inclined to agree too, just hope we don't need Yaya to pull us back into this one like he did in the home tie.
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02 November 2015 17:04 Post ID: #558562 - in reply to #558536
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Buzz Lightyear - 2/11/2015 00:00

citizhun - 1/11/2015 18:33

Wilf? :thinking:


I am 99% he may go with Wilf, but he will be our only striker and maybe the first to be sacrificed if Sevilla carve up the midfield.

there will be at least 5 across the middle and he may go

Sterling(Navas) Ferna Ferno Yaya Debruyne


It was more what you said in your previous post

"I wonder if City will start without a recognised striker, a move which caused a stir last time out against this side"

I was slightly confused (not difficult) given Wilf played for 76 minutes

:thinking:
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02 November 2015 17:19 Post ID: #558564 - in reply to #558550
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Bluedub - 2/11/2015 11:42

Brutto - 2/11/2015 11:40

And find a starting berth for Fernando in place of Kipling pleease!

Agreed.


I'm inclined to agree too, just hope we don't need Yaya to pull us back into this one like he did in the home tie.


At least if Fabian is now fit we've got more options (maybe too soon for this game though)
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