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Manchester City v The People's Champions - 5.30pm GMT - Barclays Premier League Match Day Thread
20 November 2015 08:48 Post ID: #559317
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The return of Premier League football this weekend will seem somewhat muted perhaps after the dreadful events which occurred only a week ago in Paris. As a mark of remembrance and solidarity, the the French national anthem 'La Marseillaise' will be played before the start of the match as it will at all Premier League games this weekend.

I am absolutely sure that this will be treated with the respect it deserves by all the fans present. :hat off:

Whilst there is at present no known threat ahead of the game, there will be heightened security around the stadium and those attending should be prepared for bag searches and delays entering the ground. It may be advisable for anyone attending to consider arriving earlier than usual.

On to the football.....

Team news wise City could perhaps not have been happier for once to see the arrival of an international break as it allowed some our p;ayers the opportunity to contuse their recovery from the injuries they collected on the previous one :doh!: So this sees the potential availability of Sergio Aguero :bow: and David Silva :bow: With Bony having pulled up with his own hamstring injury (is it me or are we seeing too many of these?) and limping out of the 0-0 draw against Villa unfortunately Aguero may have to start rather than be introduced as a sub.

Zabaleta should be fit again and, having withdrawn from the Belgium squad during the break, Kompany is also potentially available but his constant knife-edge existence being only one stretch away from re-injuring his vulnerable calf is a worry. Nasri having seemed on the verge of a return, decided to undergo a makeover and in dye his hair......I can only assume that he picked up his extended hamstring injury extricating himself from the stylist's chair as he he now out until February. WTF? He has blown hot and cold whilst part of the City team but this does seem a trifle bizarre to me. If I was being unkind I might sniff out the possibility that he has seen the stakes raised in competition for midfield places but it is hard to fathom an injury being faked giving the length of the projected layoff. Surely would have to be backed up by scans but it does seem odd.

Oh and Delph appears to have a hamstring strain. Thank's Roy - really needed this guy, returning from a long lay off to have 60+ minutes for England :doh!: He may be available but we will await Pellegrini's press conference for the latest update on the 'Rodwell-Jovetic-perma-injured' replacement's status.

As for the dippers they may have Sturbridge fit and available to play some part in the game along with ex-No 7 James Milner. No curse of the returning player please.

The People's Champion's haven't been pulling up any trees since the arrival of their latest manager ("we're not a sacking club") apart from defeating Chelsea at the Bridge......but given the current state of our friends down the Kings Road that may not be such a surprise. He seems to be making them hard to beat - always a decent position to start from as a new manager - & he clearly can galvanise a squad based on his management of B. Dortmund. Despite the desire of their fans to attack I suspect that Klopp will urge a more cautious approach and seek to look for counters and set pieces. The City defence midfield will need to be at the very top of their game to ensure that Coutinho is denied any of the space he can so gleefully exploit just outside the 18 yard area. A job perhaps for the Twins perhaps rather than Toure?

The start of the days proceedings will undoubtedly and correctly be a place for remembrance and respect - there are times when we need to be reminded that there are more important things than football - but I expect that once the players shake off this mood they will set about their jobs as true professionals. I am sure no one would want it any other way.

Liberté. Egalité. Fraternité.





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20 November 2015 09:07 Post ID: #559318 - in reply to #559317
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Please let us beat these, I'm surrounded by Liverpool fans on a daily basis who will piss me off no end should they win.

Pellegrini should have them pumped for it, he owes Klippity some payback.
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20 November 2015 10:05 Post ID: #559320 - in reply to #559318
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Excellent preamble, Skoorb. Well said.

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20 November 2015 10:10 Post ID: #559322 - in reply to #559320
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Excellent summary.

On the football front. I would keep the same team with the exception of Ian Nacho for Wilf, then give El Mag and SA 30 minutes in the second half.
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20 November 2015 10:21 Post ID: #559323 - in reply to #559322
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Jonathan Moss is the ref for this one.

Hope he can keep up, seems to me he spends a lot of his spare time on a rolling stone.
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20 November 2015 13:12 Post ID: #559325 - in reply to #559323
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@MCFC: PELLEGRINI: “Sergio is fit – he’s ready to come back. David continues with some small sprain in his ankle so it’s a risk for him to play."

@MCFC: PELLEGRINI: "Unfortunately Samir Nasri is also injured. Bony and Vincent Kompany are also injured and will miss this game against @LFC."
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20 November 2015 15:01 Post ID: #559326 - in reply to #559325
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So not expecting to see Silva. Question is whether Sergio will play from the start.....

Is it me or has Kompany had this recurring calf injury problem since he went off during one of our ill fated games in the Europa League (think he picked up the injury early on in an away game but can't recall which one)?
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20 November 2015 15:36 Post ID: #559327 - in reply to #559326
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Aguero has to start, surely.

As to Kompany, I think it was against Lisbon that he went off with his calf injury. He has always had injury problems throughout his career though, that's why we got him on the cheap.
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20 November 2015 16:03 Post ID: #559328 - in reply to #559317
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Yes, I would see Aguero starting especially in the absence of Wilf.

Kompany's injuries are starting to get more disruptive for the defence
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20 November 2015 20:30 Post ID: #559348 - in reply to #559317
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Just listened to that utter knobhead Danny Mills on R5Live slagging off Raheem Sterling and generating much hilarity from his fellow radio panellists when presented with comparative stats for De Bruyne, Martial and Sterling and he commented that Sterling's six goals had included an 'easy hat trick' :pmsl:

The response from one was "says the guy who regularly scored hat tricks in the premier league" :pmsl: :pmsl:

Best moment of my Friday :yup:
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20 November 2015 21:01 Post ID: #559350 - in reply to #559317
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Looking forward to this game immensely, expect Yaya to score twice and win 2-0.
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20 November 2015 21:19 Post ID: #559351 - in reply to #559317
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Wait for the contrasting a ways in which Sterling and Milner will be greeted by the fans of their previous clubs. Will speak volumes for each set of supporters - we need to drown out the dipper boo boys :yup:
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21 November 2015 07:33 Post ID: #559357 - in reply to #559317
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I am very confident that the dipper boo boys will be overwhelmed with cheers of support for Raheem from a full house of mostly City supporters.
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21 November 2015 09:18 Post ID: #559359 - in reply to #559317
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Man City's Premier League season continues against Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday; with this a 5:30pm kick-off for a live Sky Sports game tonight - Sky wouldn't miss a trick with this one would they!

A return to Premier League action, after the international break, is something City will be keen to see with a win against Liverpool to ensure top spot, for what it's worth in some ways at this stage of the season, is retained.

Much will focus on Raheem Sterling facing his former side of course! However, James Milner also returns to his old club as he's back at the Etihad isn't he!

Read more: http://www.manchestercity.vitalfootball.co.uk/matchprere.asp?a=5592...
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21 November 2015 15:36 Post ID: #559367 - in reply to #559317
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Midfield looks like the key area to me.
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21 November 2015 15:49 Post ID: #559368 - in reply to #559317
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Just about to haul my hungover ass down to the Etihad.

See you all after the game

COME ON CITY!
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21 November 2015 16:30 Post ID: #559369 - in reply to #559317
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#Hart, Sagna, Demichelis, Mangala, Kolarov, Toure, Fernando, Navas, Sterling, De Bruyne, Aguero

Edited by citizhun 21/11/2015 16:34
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