Date:Friday May 13 2011
Empire Stadium, Wembley
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.
'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.
- '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 .
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
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 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
he is a fitness doubt, but the fact he is a centre half and their top goalscorer, says all you need to know.
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.
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".
OMG! here goes, City to win 2-1 Blues fans to have minor coronary's in any injury time.
Manchester City V Stoke City at Gods Own Ground.
Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!
Date:Friday May 13 2011
City Win Meeting Of Champions (Thursday July 24 2014)
Negredo Undergoes Surgery (Wednesday July 23 2014)
U21 Game Cancelled - Club Statement (Wednesday July 23 2014)
Negredo Replacement Targeted (Wednesday July 23 2014)
Youngster Exits And Youngsters Exit! (Wednesday July 23 2014)
Negredo Busts His Metatarsal (Monday July 21 2014)
City Head Out For US Tour (Monday July 21 2014)
Hearts 1-2 Man City (Saturday July 19 2014)
Toure Pledges To See Out Contract (Friday July 18 2014)
Falcao How? (Friday July 18 2014)
|7. Hull City||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|8. Leicester City||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|10. Man City||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|11. Man Utd||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|United Have a Rival for Vermaelen`s Signature!
» Man Utd : 26/07/2014 12:51:00
|A Critical Decision needs to be Made!
» Chelsea : 26/07/2014 12:41:00
|Is the Pressure Already Building on Sam?
» West Ham : 26/07/2014 12:25:00
|Hammers Beaten Again (By Sydney FC)
» West Ham : 26/07/2014 12:18:00
|Dutchman Linked to United Again!
» Man Utd : 26/07/2014 12:08:00