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Manchester City v Spurs - Post match reaction and match stats
17 December 2017 09:01 Post ID: #613722 - in reply to #613700
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I wondered before the game what sort of game Spurs would adopt and to their credit they came out to play, but after the match Podgytino revealed that his plans were spoiled by City scoring so early.

So one wonders, they were chasing the game all the match, even their single goal at the end for me should have stopped when Erikson handled the ball, but because it was such a complete performance by City it was hardly worth the pettiness on mentioning the incident.

The camera angle behind the goal which highlighted 'The Dog' shows Ilkay on the edge of the area pulling up his socks while waiting for Sané to deliver the corner, then he just saunters into the box while all City and Spurs round around marking each other The Dog is there on his own and pandemonium in Buzz's lounge as he does the Tevez dance.

One of the differences that Spurs has not mastered (which I am glad about) They shoot instead of passing when others are in a better position to score, City master this now.

I have mentioned in another post that Sergio is carrying an injury ad that is why Alex Sanchez could be a good signing, although Harry Kane would be another.

Sterling
Now having surpassed his tally for the season anywhere, could have had four, two spectacular misses from 6 yards, although to be fair the first was flagged incorrectly offside and would not have counted and the second came very quickly at him.

His second was what City have in abundance never surrender never give up the ball not only bounced kindly for him by the inept Dier (Which was pointed out by Spurex in the preview and his take on the game) but simply bounced between the legs of one of my favourite keepers LLoris and Raheem wont get to score an easier goal ever.

Best Goal of the day by far was Kevin's, he had been subject of and ankle bending tackle by Dele Alli, but came back on to, one can only describe as a net buster you have to watch it, because Lloris gets a good hand to it.

Leicester next and an outing for the fringe players, when I say fringe, Pep has used all his squad in the League at some stage this season and although the media make out that we have a big squad, we don't what we have is a squad who enjoy playing for City
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17 December 2017 09:03 Post ID: #613724 - in reply to #613713
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Skoorb - 17/12/2017 08:37

Buzz Lightyear - 17/12/2017 08:22

Rio and Frank Lampard - They have not won anything Yet!


They are not wrong and there I should a long way to go but I don’t think either the manager, the players nor the fans are taking anything for granted.

They were pretty fulsome in their praise for how City are playing and Pep’s coaching abilities in the post match Premier League Review, even Rio Ferdinand. The fluff and nonsense going around about De Bruyne trolling the rags with his celebration after his goal (actually i think that was for Moaning Maureen’s benefit) or the clip of the players singing ‘Park the bus’ in the changing room after the game.......straw clutching at best. I don’t think complacency will set in - Pep will not allow that - but he knows how to foster a winning squad mentality and allowing your players to enjoy their success is part of that.


Actually this provides a better explanation of KDB’s goal celebration perhaps - the salute being a reference to his absent team mate David’s Silva whose short number is 21

http://metro.co.uk/2017/12/16/real-reason-behind-kevin-de-bruynes-2...
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17 December 2017 09:06 Post ID: #613725 - in reply to #613714
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Skoorb - 17/12/2017 08:40

City are the first team since Wolves in 1953-54 to beat Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham in the league before Christmas.


I wonder if we have ever beaten all these Clubs in a season never mind before Christmas

What amazed me and I think I heard it right, we are only 6 points better off than Chelsea at this stage last season, they said December would be difficult for us, now they have moved that goalpost to January.
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17 December 2017 09:12 Post ID: #613726 - in reply to #613724
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Skoorb - 17/12/2017 09:03

Skoorb - 17/12/2017 08:37

Buzz Lightyear - 17/12/2017 08:22

Rio and Frank Lampard - They have not won anything Yet!


They are not wrong and there I should a long way to go but I don’t think either the manager, the players nor the fans are taking anything for granted.

They were pretty fulsome in their praise for how City are playing and Pep’s coaching abilities in the post match Premier League Review, even Rio Ferdinand. The fluff and nonsense going around about De Bruyne trolling the rags with his celebration after his goal (actually i think that was for Moaning Maureen’s benefit) or the clip of the players singing ‘Park the bus’ in the changing room after the game.......straw clutching at best. I don’t think complacency will set in - Pep will not allow that - but he knows how to foster a winning squad mentality and allowing your players to enjoy their success is part of that .


Actually this provides a better explanation of KDB’s goal celebration perhaps - the salute being a reference to his absent team mate David’s Silva whose short number is 21

http://metro.co.uk/2017/12/16/real-reason-behind-kevin-de-bruynes-2...


I think it was a dedication to DS21, (It must be quite serious for him to miss a match) Pep is so right to let them celebrate their wins, they deserve it and even though it may motivate others clubs, I would not want to dent the moral of the lads by telling them not to celebrate the win, it is a bonding exercise, if you look at the goal celebrations even those players warming up join in.
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17 December 2017 09:16 Post ID: #613727 - in reply to #613700
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Don't know what happened there?

Mangala,I am so happy for him, is it me or is he getting better, I think is mistakes are from lack of games, but when players are used regularly they relax and play their natural game instead of being so nervous they make mistakes (e.g. Edin Dzeko)

Phil Foden, I am so happy for him because although he only got a few minutes, he joined in the celebration of RS7's goal and looked happy just to be around these wonderful players.
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17 December 2017 09:18 Post ID: #613728 - in reply to #613725
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Buzz Lightyear - 17/12/2017 09:06

Skoorb - 17/12/2017 08:40

City are the first team since Wolves in 1953-54 to beat Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham in the league before Christmas.


I wonder if we have ever beaten all these Clubs in a season never mind before Christmas

What amazed me and I think I heard it right, we are only 6 points better off than Chelsea at this stage last season, they said December would be difficult for us, now they have moved that goalpost to January.


The goal posts keep shifting.

“Let’s see how Pep handles a wet Wednesday evening at Stoke or WBA....”......answered

“They have to beat some top sides in the league like Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs, Man U*d.....”.......tick that box

“Let’s see if they can play this champagne football when the weather gets bad in the winter”.....check that box

Pep loves setting his sides up to overcome challenges, it’s like watching a wrestler learning how to get out of assorted strangle holds and is fantastic to watch.
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17 December 2017 09:24 Post ID: #613729 - in reply to #613728
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Even Rio had to bite the bullet, I think he must have been told to say something nice about us, Martin Keown says he just loves watching us, but are BT going overboard about City or are the rating rising when they televise us?

I am looking forward to the 3rd round of the FA Cup without the rags being live.
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17 December 2017 09:26 Post ID: #613730 - in reply to #613700
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Joe Mercer always was an advocate of a quote from the former Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin - 'Always celebrate your victories'.

I agree with Skoorb about Kane's tackle. He did appear to extend his leg to kick out at Sterling.
Same with Buzz about handball by Eriksen in the build up to his goal.
Otamendi could easily have seen red as well.

Safe to say Pawson is not the best referee.
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17 December 2017 09:27 Post ID: #613731 - in reply to #613728
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Regarding DS, it might be fake news but I read on another City forum that his wife was due to give birth. If this is true and it is all straightforward I'm sure the club would have said that was the reason for his absence. I really hope nothing's wrong.

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17 December 2017 09:34 Post ID: #613733 - in reply to #613731
My player ratings, plus images.....

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17 December 2017 09:36 Post ID: #613734 - in reply to #613730
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Colin Is The King - 17/12/2017 09:26

Joe Mercer always was an advocate of a quote from the former Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin - 'Always celebrate your victories'.

I agree with Skoorb about Kane's tackle. He did appear to extend his leg to kick out at Sterling.
Same with Buzz about handball by Eriksen in the build up to his goal.
Otamendi could easily have seen red as well.

Safe to say Pawson is not the best referee.


I think the difference in Otamendi challenge, it is not his studs, clearly looking at the ball, where Mané had both feet in the air leading with his studs not under control, Ota had one foot on the ground and it was a high foot and a yellow.

Kane's was a lunge and should have gone.

Alli is an angry young man with bag of talent, but his tackle was deliberate and he should have gone.
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17 December 2017 09:38 Post ID: #613735 - in reply to #613733
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Tudor - 17/12/2017 09:34

My player ratings, plus images.....

http://www.manchestercity.vitalfootball.co.uk/matchrep.asp?a=588357

What do ya think?


I think a tad hard on Otamendi who imo deserved an 8 but otherwise a good assessment T.
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17 December 2017 09:40 Post ID: #613736 - in reply to #613735
Ian Cheeseman tells the story of Manchester City's 4-1 home victory over Tottenham Hotspur, which makes it an unprecedented sixteen consecutive Premier League wins for the Blues.

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17 December 2017 09:40 Post ID: #613737 - in reply to #613735
Buzz Lightyear - 17/12/2017 09:38

Tudor - 17/12/2017 09:34

My player ratings, plus images.....

http://www.manchestercity.vitalfootball.co.uk/matchrep.asp?a=588357

What do ya think?


I think a tad hard on Otamendi who imo deserved an 8 but otherwise a good assessment T.


Thanks Buzz
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17 December 2017 09:45 Post ID: #613738 - in reply to #613700
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amazingly this was the around anniversary of the 'Ballet on Ice' When City thrashed Spurs 4-1, back on 9th December 1967, 50 years ago, who says history never repeats itself.

City went on to win the Title from United
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17 December 2017 09:46 Post ID: #613739 - in reply to #613738
Buzz Lightyear - 17/12/2017 09:45

amazingly this was the around anniversary of the 'Ballet on Ice' When City thrashed Spurs 4-1, back on 9th December 1967, 50 years ago, who says history never repeats itself.

City went on to win the Title from United


An omen perhaps Buzz?
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17 December 2017 09:59 Post ID: #613740 - in reply to #613700
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Wayne Rooney says Manchester United's 2008 Champions League winning side was better than current City crop

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/wayne-rooney-says-manch...
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