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Manchester City 0 0 0 - Paris Saint-Germain 0 0 0

The City of Manchester Stadium

3/12/08.....19:45

Attendance: ...

City Hold PSG

Mark Hughes made several changes to the side that disappointed against Man United. Kaka, Torres, Buffon and Robinho all drop to the bench? Ok I`m a couple of years ahead their. Seriously though, Mark Hughes has made several changes. Zabaleta, Ben Haim, Elano, Sturridge and Jo all starting, as Richards, SWP, Robinho, Hamann & Benjani drop out due to injury or just because they need a rest. Can Manchester City get their form back?

Teams in Full:
City: Hart, Zabaleta, Dunne (c), Ben Haim, Garrido, Kompany, Ireland, Elano, Vassell, Sturridge, Jo.
Subs: Schmeichel, Berti, Logan, Hamann, Caicedo, Evans, Benjani.
PSG: Landreau, Sakho, Makelele, Bourillon, Luyindula, Pancrate, Traore, Kezman, Camara, Clement, Rothen.
Subs: Edel, Ceara, Giuly, Hoarau, Mabila, Armand, Ngoyi

Well if the first 10 minutes where anything to go by, Manchester City were looking like a very good passing side with confidence oozing out of every pass. Elano looked interested in receiving the ball and Jo and Ireland where creating little one-two`s, and it didn`t take long before Elano was threading one of his perfect through ball which simply split the defence, and found Sturridge on the left hand side who wondered into the area, only for his touch to let him down, and the keeper managed to clear.

Jo then produced his Elano type ball as he set Elano and an offside Vassell through on goal. Vassell gave more evidence of why City fans believe him to be useless as he decided to take the shot on even though he knew he was offside, which seemed to dismay Elano.

PSG finally got into the game after a great quarter for Manchester City. Kezman got himself booked after many brawls with Dunne, and Ben-Haim but yet again Garrido was being skinned way too often. Luyindula and Pancrate both eased past Garrido on many occasions. This almost cost City when Luyindula found himself past Garrido. The winger had Kezman free in the box, but waited before laying the ball across, but only for Kezman`s effort to be superbly blocked by Ben-Haim.

Manchester City were at this point fading in the game, and apart from the long ranged shot by Zabaleta and Kompany. Manchester City never manages to set the stadium alight, and as halftime loomed, The City fan`s were still as cold, as the style of play.

Halftime: Manchester City 0 PSG 0.






The start of the second half saw an instant end to Elano contribution. The Brazilian seemed to pick up a groin injury and was replaced by Benjani.

PSG then started to play football. Luyindula managed to fire straight down the throat of Hart, before Vassell had the best chance of the half when he managed to scoop the ball over the bar from the edge of the penalty box. Seriously Darius, you`d be better playing rugby.

However City were beginning to show some of the passing they had in the first half as Sturridge shot wide after neat work from the City frontline. PSG then broke down the other end and were left one-on-one with Hart, but the English man denied Luyindula again. I tell you, this bloke is good. Oh don`t mark my words; he will most likely be linked with us tomorrow.

Ched Evans then replaced Jo who seems to only be lacking in confidence rather than quality.

PSG then began to find the upper hand and were getting in good positions without testing Hart too often, but as 10 minutes remained on the clock, the game was perfectly balanced without either side looking dangerous in the final third. PSG did have fun however when Vassell was replaced by Hamann. The wing that Vassell was deployed on was beginning to get exploited and on two occasions Zabaleta was caught out and PSG managed to place crosses in that where cleared, or inches away from reaching Giuly or Armand.

The game ended after 3 minutes of injury time, and in all honesty PSG deserved 3 points.

Aaron`s Conclusion:

After the first 15 minutes I really believed we had our form back. However how wrong was I. We lost the ball too many times and failed to penetrate in the final third. Its performances like this that will just bring more questions to Mark Hughes`s table

Star Player

Kompany - He got the ball off PSG many of times, and looked good on the ball, both in defence and attack. He really is a key member of our starting eleven.

Player Ratings


Hart

Made some good saves, kept us in it. 7/10

Garrido

he's caught out of position too many times, but he does well to track back. 7/10

Dunne

Solid as a rock. Dunne your well and truly back. 8/10

Ben-Haim

Best Game for us so far. He looked as strong as Dunne,and made a fantastic block in the first half. 8/10

Zabaleta

looked good going foward, a tad weak when defending. 7/10

Vassell

why, oh why, he's still playing i dont know. Hes simply not good enough. I'm getting sick of writing this every game now. 5/10

Ireland

Quiet game for Ireland. 6/10

Elano

He started off so brightly, what happened after the first ten minutes? He does not look like he wants to be here anymore. 7/10

Sturridge

Not as confident as he was in out last european game, but still looked good in patches. 7/10

Jo

As soon as he gains confidence, he will be big, but what do you expect when he's not getting the support.

Kompany

See star rating. 9/10

Benjani

Best player except Vinnie and Ben-Haim. He made Jo look poor. 8/10

Hamann

Normally job, he kept the ball well, but i dont think he should have come on . 6/10

Evans

He needs to be loaned out! He could be good but lacks experience. 6/10




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Date:Wednesday December 3 2008

Time: 9:54PM

Your Comments

I disagree that Benjani was an '8' and made Jo look poor. He is offside too often and does little to bring others into the game in my opinion. He is more of a poacher than the target man we need in our current system.
darryl28
Terrible game to watch. We'd qualified already and it showed at times.
oliverblue
I do not believe we paid in "Jo" 18 million!!, maybe, if we want to sell him will not come more than 2 million !! ( We sold Sameras of 1.5 million & He was much better than Jo ).
city 81
Something else: What the news about " Johnson " injury & When expect his return ?!
city 81
Hello from Mcr Blues. Not a good week to be Blue. The performance last night was as bad as I've seen in a long time. The usual suspects like Vassell, Jo and Elano were very poor and have now been joined by Sturridge who just did not want the ball. A total lack of urgency and drive was evident throughout. Some very attractive football early on but no end product, no shoot on sight, no cutting edge. On that evidence and considering similar weak efforts this season, I would seriously suggest that inside one year over half the side if not more will be long gone. Very disappointing.
Johnny Baguette
all in all a poor performance.....lacked spark.....if we play like that at Santander we will lose....we will probably end up second in the group now and play one of the drop out teams from the CL......
lincolnblue
Just about all the diehards around us on a below freezing night were saying how difficult it will be to attract mega stars to the squad. Spot on.
Johnny Baguette
Ac you are too generous in your marks, what would you give them if they had thrashed PSG, at best 6/10. Benjani not at 8 and I would have swapped Kompany and Dunneys scores around. These two by far the best players on the park. Dunney back to his best.You are quite harsh on Vassell. PSG only came into the game once Vassell had left the field which was an indicator how much effort he put in preventing attacks down that right. He wasn't on the field as an outright striker but as a makeshift right winger. The squad certainly lacks quality in depth and again once Elano had gone, we lost our shape and never regained the upperhand.
Buzz Lightyear
Agree with others on here I thought Vassell had a far better game than Benjani and that's not saying a lot and the star ratings were way too high for such a pathetic performance.
alphieblues
Cold and miserable, too eh, alphie? What did you make of those PSG nutters? Scrapping amongst themselves again for starters!
Johnny Baguette
JB I think you did warn us about them a few weeks ago. My nephew has been over from Kuwait for a week to see us against the Rags and again last night. I have banned him from coming to any more games as we don't score when he is here and we play utter crap.
alphieblues
City 81 no news on Johnson, I think he came back too soon and that has caused him more problems. As for Jo I think the Russians work on the get out of contract clause and that was 18m and we were daft enough to pay it.
Buzz Lightyear
Buzz Lightyear, Thank you for the information, and about " Jo " I Wonder who watch him & Decided to contract with , I think the decision was only because he (international Brazil player) .
city 81
alphieblues, Tell Your nephew to go to " Fenerbahce " games & leaves watching the Manchester City games. :)
city 81
city81.... My nephew's wife is Turkish and supports Fenerbache but despite that he went into the City Store and bought the full City kit for his 6 year old daughter.
alphieblues
He wants for his daughter to be Manchester City encouraging , But how she be & She not see the team score a goals and win when she Attend the games with her father:)
city 81
His wife and daughter didn't arrive in Manchester until this morning so fortunately they didn't see the games. This gave us the opportunity to stay in Manchester last night and drown our disappointment for such a poor performance.
alphieblues
 

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