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Aston Villa v Manchester City - 1.30pm Sunday 8th Nov - Barclays Premier League Match Day Thread
06 November 2015 08:56 Post ID: #558880
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After securing their place in the knockout rounds of Europe's Premier competition with two games to play :155: Manuel Pellegrini and his squad return to the bread and butter stuff of the Premier League this Sunday with a fixture against the league's bottom team, Aston Villa. The side that hasn't won in the league since the opening game of the season when they turned over the league's new boys Bournemouth 0-1 on the south coast. A team that last tasted victory in September when they defeated local rivals Birmingham in the League Cup (1-0). A club that has lost it's last six league fixtures including one against fellow relegation rivals Chelsea........which sets it's own benchmark really.

After the dazzling display in the Champions League on Tuesday where the City put Sevilla to the sword, this should be a walk in the park shouldn't it?

:no:

I won't be alone I am quite sure in thinking that City's players can ill afford to be resting on their laurels, basking in the glory of the positive reviews of their performance, their manager's tactical acumen and their unerring delivery of those tactics against a quality Spanish team. Never before defeated at home in the Champion's League group stage, not tasted defat at home in 10 previous European fixtures, winners of the arduous Europa League marathon two years running......brushed aside by attacking verve, defensive resilience and collective team work ethic. Villa? Piece of cake they might be thinking.

Well they better not be!

As was witnessed all too well last weekend, Premier League opponents rarely roll over (unless they face the rags, although that mask seems to be slipping) and there is no place in the Squad for Mr Complacency.

Listed in a recent thread as potentially one of City's greatest rivals this snake in the grass, this insidious character has an uncanny knack of sidling quietly up next to players and whispering in their ears.....

"no need to try too hard this game mate; take it easy, we'll always get a goal so you don't have to run too hard or pass the ball forward with pace; certainly don't need to drive forward quickly and burn all that unnecessary energy and absolutely no need to close your opponent down or track back - quality side like you can get away without that kind of sweaty 'basic' stuff..........take it easy, relax, this lot couldn't possibly hurt you guys. Sit back, put your feet up, game's already won mate" :yup:

No, no, no, no!!!!

:grr: :grr: :grr:

I seriously hope that Pellegrini has reinforced with his players that this is the time to push home our advantage, to use the confidence and euphoria of last weeks performance and result to RAISE your game against a side that may be a different opposition to the ones that stepped out against Tottingham last Monday.

They have a new manager, Remy Garde, and we need to beware of NMS - New Manager Syndrome. Often discounted as a myth by the bookmakers I remain wary of the potential impact that a new manager can have on a demoralised set of players. Given their league position and performances and with just a week with his players on the training ground he will certainly have his work cut out to motivate and galvanise the Villa squad. Nonetheless this is exactly the kind of situation that gives me the jitters - players out to impress their manager and reward his faith in them for selecting him in his first competitive fixtures, a game against the league leaders (well we are at the time of writing), no one expecting anything other than an away win - what is their to lose?

City have to deliver a professional performance, play with none of the lethargy which dogged their display against Norwich last weekend where they escaped with all three points by the skin of their collective teeth. NOTHING should be take for granted - they must bring their 'A' game to this fixture and look to play positively rather then dick around with the ball moving like they were walking through molasses.

After Norwich equalised last Saturday I counted City moving the ball back and forth across the pitch just over the halfway line 7 times before a direct forward pass was played through the defensive midfield shield of yellow and green players.........and that was by Otamendi. Too many times we have seen this crab like progress with forward players receiving the ball, their back towards the opponent's goal, declining to try and turn their marker they play the ball back to their team mate and the ball goes sideways again. Patience is a virtue but the frequency with which this type of play was repeated often had me chewing my knuckles in frustration. The goals in Spain last Tuesday were scored following quick, incisive moves and with the defenders often facing their own goal because the ball and been played behind them. I know Sevilla were not packing their midfield as we often see in the PL but players being willing to move their markers around is the key and can be one of the things which complacency often removes from the team ("no need for me to run about too much, someone else can take a turn....we'll get a break soon").

Lock and load guys - time to make another statement in your domestic league.

:122:

Pellegrini's options have improved with the return of Delph and Clichy. The former showed good energy I felt in his came appearance last Tuesday and Clichy has got to be in the offing for a starting berth after Kolarov's recent showings. If ever there was an epitome of complacency for me it has taken the human form of Aleks Kolarov. He has IMO been woeful in the last few fixtures and should be benched. Shorn of competition due to Clichy's injury absence and despite a decent start to the season, he has almost come to rely on Otamendi digging him out of a hole. His failure to stop almost every single cross against Sevilla was an embarrassment as a full back - clearly fearing that his lack of pace would be exposed he refused to close down his winger and opted instead to allow the guy to deliver cross after cross into the City box. His panicky clearance late in the game against Norwich after Fernando had rescued the ball inside the penalty area delivered the ball straight to an opponent and invited pressure back on his team mates. Clichy to start for me on Sunday.

The other big question will be whether De Bruyne will start again. Sterling's performance rightly won him praise so it may well be Navas that starts on the bench. Silva's return may be delayed with one eye on the up coming international fixtures - Pellegrini will really not want to risk his return just for him to get selected by Span perhaps......

Game on.

Back to the bread and butter guys - let's get this job done.

Come On City!



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06 November 2015 09:04 Post ID: #558881 - in reply to #558880
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Nice one Skoorb



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06 November 2015 11:56 Post ID: #558887 - in reply to #558880
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New manager X good win in midweek = pipe & slippers performance from us.

Agree re AK13, needs to be moved on over the Summer.

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06 November 2015 17:31 Post ID: #558900 - in reply to #558880
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For the LOLZ

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07 November 2015 22:14 Post ID: #558927 - in reply to #558880
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Merlin not in the Spanish squad. Could be a surprise off the bench?
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08 November 2015 07:42 Post ID: #558931 - in reply to #558887
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kennyclementstache - 6/11/2015 11:56

New manager X good win in midweek = pipe & slippers performance from us.

Agree re AK13, needs to be moved on over the Summer.



Having just watched Shaquiri's performance for Stoke against Chelsea I would fear for us if Kolarov was to face him when we play Stoke next month. He will have him on toast.
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08 November 2015 08:50 Post ID: #558934 - in reply to #558931
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Skoorb - 8/11/2015 07:42

kennyclementstache - 6/11/2015 11:56

New manager X good win in midweek = pipe & slippers performance from us.

Agree re AK13, needs to be moved on over the Summer.




Having just watched Shaquiri's performance for Stoke against Chelsea I would fear for us if Kolarov was to face him when we play Stoke next month. He will have him on toast.


Cometh the hour, cometh the Clichy.

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08 November 2015 10:19 Post ID: #558939 - in reply to #558880
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I hope Fabian Delph get a game and its good to read Merlin is close to a comeback.


TEAM NEWS

Aston Villa's Micah Richards returns after suspension, while Ashley Westwood should be available despite suffering a head injury at Tottenham.
Gabby Agbonlahor will be assessed after being forced off on Monday with a tight calf, while Idrissa Gana and Adama Traore may return after being rested.

Manchester City will not risk playmaker David Silva, who is close to a comeback following an ankle injury.
Kevin De Bruyne is set for a recall after being rested in midweek.
Kelechi Iheanacho is available after being ineligible for Wednesday's Champions League win against Sevilla.
Fit-again duo Fabian Delph and Gael Clichy were on the bench for that match and could feature, but Pablo Zabaleta, Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero remain out.

Edited by Chippy_Tea 8/11/2015 10:20
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08 November 2015 10:26 Post ID: #558943 - in reply to #558939
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I feel a big win coming on....
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08 November 2015 10:28 Post ID: #558945 - in reply to #558880
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Micah Richards 2006 - https://vine.co/v/elBET1r2b2t
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08 November 2015 10:31 Post ID: #558946 - in reply to #558880
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Superb scene setter Skoorb!

The booing and hissing and stropping...

We've seen it mainly off Arsenal fans in recent years to the extent on some occasions that the fans lose focus, the team lose focus and they all go home royally dicked with sore throats and headaches.

We're going to thrash them.
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08 November 2015 10:38 Post ID: #558947 - in reply to #558946
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I agree JB, an excellent preview, thanks once again Skoorb
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08 November 2015 10:45 Post ID: #558949 - in reply to #558947
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I think Navas did enough to retain his place and probably at the expense of Fernando.

I sometimes cannot work out what Pellers will do, but I do not think he will play the same team that drew with the rags or that he will play two up front, but there should be no sympathy for Villa and we should put them to the sword if we get the chance
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08 November 2015 10:54 Post ID: #558950 - in reply to #558949
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Ran the rule over Micah recently. The old flaws remain. Positionally awol at times but still giving it loads.
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08 November 2015 10:57 Post ID: #558951 - in reply to #558950
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I am expecting The Engineer to rest the Nandos today after that monumental workrate in Seville. If I were him I would be tempted to open up and go 442 with wingers against this lot. They really are a dreadful side.
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08 November 2015 12:47 Post ID: #558952 - in reply to #558951
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Aston Villa v Man City 13:30
Arsenal v Tottenham 16:00
Liverpool v Crystal Palace 16:00
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08 November 2015 12:48 Post ID: #558953 - in reply to #558880
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City XI: Hart, Sagna, Kompany (C), Otamendi, Kolarov, Fernando, Fernandinho, Toure, De Bruyne, Sterling, Bony

Subs: Caballero, Demichelis, Mangala, Clichy, Delph, Navas, Iheanacho
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