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Manchester City vs. Stoke City

Empire Stadium, Wembley

14/05/2011

15.00

FA CUP FINAL

Fellow blues, please take the time to read the 8 words above. Ain`t it fun?

So what of the actual game? A toughie and no mistake, Stoke will press, harass, bang, prang balls into our box at every given opportunity.

Vital Quotes:

'Saturday will be harder than United,' admitted Mancini. 'Stoke are a strong team and a very difficult team. To think they are an easy team would be a mistake.'
'If we want to win we need to play very well. We should pay attention in every situation. We cannot concede anything.'
Quote on the manager- Erikkson remembers Mancini as being "awful" with referees.

Tony Pulis
- 'But that is the way the club has been built over the last four or five years. They are a committed group. They have to believe in themselves and give themselves the confidence they need. But they beat Arsenal, and there is no greater fillip than that for us.'

What is said about them- Paul scally on Tony Pulis "In my 37 years of working with many, many people, Tony Pulis is the most evil, despicable person I have ever worked with. I have never doubted his coaching ability, in fact I`ve always said Tony was a very good coach, but I don`t have much more to say about him. The reason the team performed so well in 1999 was they were a great bunch of lads. My grandmother could have run that team .

Manchester City Team News:

Mancini has really earned his money in the past 4 weeks, it would have been so easy to tail off after beating United but he kept our focus on the bigger picture, the bigger (monetary) prize, the Champions League- mission accomplished. He has rested players that have looked jaded and whom we could afford to (NDJ, Vincent and Silva are unfortunately not) and kept us fresh.
Zabaleta was subbed due to injury on Tuesday, but should be fit likewise Barry wasn`t risked but should be fit.
I believe the team that will start Saturday will be,
Hart- Richards- Kompany- Lescott-Kolarov- Barry- De Jong- Toure- Johnson- Ballotelli- Silva

Player to watch: Carlos Tevez

Yes I know I don`t expect him to be in the starting line up ( I always think if a player isn`t fully fit he should be brought on to exert his influence ( remember Peter Reid in the `91 Maine Road Derby)but what a player to bring off the bench in the last 20 minutes to harass tired defenders! As long as his low fitness levels do not affect his finishing if presented with a chance.

Stoke City Team News:

Stoke are awaiting on fitness tests on Matthew Etherington and Robert Huth, ruled out are Ricardo Fuller, Danny ( Louie spencer) higginbottom and Mamady Sidibe.

Sorenson- Wilkinson- Huth-Shawcross-Whitehead- Ethertington-Pennant-Wilson-Whelan- Walters- Jones

Player to watch: Robert Huth

Robert Huth

he is a fitness doubt, but the fact he is a centre half and their top goalscorer, says all you need to know.

Match Facts & Stats

Battle of the tallest teams

City have not beaten Stoke since 2009 but have never played them at a neutral venue. We did beat them 9-8 on pens at the victoria ground in 1981.

Ref Watch:

Martin Atkinson He of the infamous Fergie time in the 4-3 reverse, playing over 5 minutes of 4 minutes injury time because Craig Bellamy celebrated for over a minute, but gave us 10 seconds after the 4th when their celebration was timed at 1 mins 16 seconds- me bitter? Anyway let us hope he is strong and not as one eyed as he appears, Stoke really do tread a thin line with their "tackles" but are also the softest in terms of "felt his breath on my neck, fall over, lump it in the box".

Match Prediction:

OMG! here goes, City to win 2-1 Blues fans to have minor coronary's in any injury time.

Next Fixtures:

Manchester City V Stoke City at Gods Own Ground.




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Writer: Savvy_Monkey Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 13 2011

Time: 4:50PM

Your Comments

Good Luck!
ACLamp
Steady everyone we can do this......we just need to Believe
Doody
man city are a bad team...in all honesty.it will be funny watching them in the champs lge next year i dont even think the will get thru the qualifying match
andyido
COME ON CITY!!!!!!!!!!
rojo2010
The table don't lie andyido. I thoroughly enjoyed spanking your bottoms at COMS and securing CL football next season. Enjoy mid-table mediocrity next season gimpy :)
rojo2010
andyido: If we're bad, what are the teams below us? Oh, and come on you blues! 3:30am, can't sleep, too nervous.
StuMCFC
Come On You Boys In Blue
Johnny Baguette
Today is going to be a great day for all of us. COME ON CITY.
Tudor
1-0.. well done sky blues...Play Up Pompey
plymouth graham
WE DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
StuMCFC
FA Cup champions! We can also kick off next season with a Manchester Derby Community Shield, the good times are here.
arthur7171
Well done guys!You lads have a great club,supporters of other clubs will make malicious,hateful comments when you continue to win stuff(like us) but don't pay them any attention.They are just very bitter and jealous people.Enjoy this win and know it is the start of something special.
BlueBlaze
From all the fans at Vale Park(PVFC), Well Done Blues!
Yuma
congrats
ajwb
congrats to you FANS, don't respect the new era/obscene money in football etc... but you guys have waited a long time, so enjoy... *buggers off back to his own site in a grump!*
The Fear
Congratulations!!
ACLamp
 

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