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Aris Thessaloniki 0 - Manchester City 0

Europa League Round of 32 1st Leg

Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium

15/2/11

Attendance: 22, 121

Referee: Undiamo Mallenco/ Spain

Aris Thessaloniki
0 - 0
Manchester City
 
 
Venue: Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium
 
Attendance: 22, 121
The Teams
Sifakis
 
 
 
Hart
 
 
Vangeli
 
 
 
Richards
 
 
Guiaro
 
 
 
Boateng
 
 
Lazaridis
 
 
 
K Toure
 
 
Michel
 
 
 
Kolarov
 
 
Neto
 
 
88
 
Barry
 
 
Prittas
 
 
 
Y Toure
 
 
Faty
 
 
 
SWP
 
 
77
Sakata
 
 
 
Tevez
 
 
Toja
 
 
 
Silva
 
 
Bobadilla
 
 
72
 
Dzeko
 
 
84
Substitutes
Vellidis
 
 
 
Given
 
 
Oriol
 
 
 
Kompany
 
 
Cesarec
 
 
72
 
Zabaleta
 
 
84
Kaznaferis
 
 
 
Lescott
 
 
Mendrinos
 
 
 
Vieira
 
 
Cesnauskis
 
 
 
Jo
 
 
Castillo
 
 
88
 
Balotelli
 
 
77
Game Statistics
4
Goal Attempts
9
2
On Target
4
4
Corners
8
6
Offside
3
11
Fouls
19
0
Yellow Cards
1
34
%
66
Comments...
Johnny On The Spot: This was as laboured and lethargic a City performance as we've seen this season. Despite plenty of possession, The Blues played too narrowily, repeatedly trying to look for passes in through the centre of a packed Aris midfield and defence as opposed to trying to stretch the canny Greek side through employing width...But for a Dzeko header, both keepers were relatively un-tested. That lack of width and real pace threatens to derail City's league and cup campaigns on the big end of season run-in...Still, all to play for in the second leg and Mario Balotelli looked lively in his late cameo appearance.




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Date:Tuesday February 15 2011

Time: 6:57PM

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well that wasn't the best of games
arthur7171
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15/02/2011 19:23:00

The possession says it all really, we repeatedly dominate games in terms of possession but lack pace and incision going forward. And the problem is we have no solution before the end of the season. Silva is one man but no one besides him is creating anything!
StuMCFC
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15/02/2011 19:33:00

That performance was as laboured as the first ten yards of a Yaya Toure surge forward. Absolutely no sense of urgency except for Tevez, Silva and to a lesser extent SWP and Dzeko. I'm sorry, but Barry isn't up to it in my book. One good game in every five just isn't acceptable. I'll stick my neck out here and say that if Milner was playing in this game then i wouldn't have noticed him. Aris were there for the taking and we weren't able to do it. I'm not advocating a gung-ho approach to an away Euro tie, far from it, but to win this game wouldn't have needed one. Just a tad more urgency would have easily sealed a good 3-0 win imho. A huge plus for me was the youthful exuberance of Ballotelli when introduced, the boy doesn't stand on ceremony!
RobsonGreensleeves
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15/02/2011 19:57:00

Oh, and another thing. What's with the grass-skimming corners?!
RobsonGreensleeves
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15/02/2011 20:00:00

I think the pitch contributed to the slow pace. The ball didnt seem to go anywhere - as demonstrated by about 10 passes that didnt even reach the intended player.
eighthsin
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15/02/2011 22:13:00

We should be happy that we drew, will put them out at home, job done.
johnkelv
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18/02/2011 11:21:00

 

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