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Aris Thessaloniki
0 - 0
Manchester City

Europa League Round of 32 1st Leg

Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium

15/2/11

Attendance: 22, 121

Referee: Undiamo Mallenco/ Spain

Aris ThessalonikiManchester City
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.

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Tuesday February 15 2011
Time: 6:57PM

Comments

0
well that wasn't the best of games
arthur7171
15/02/2011 19:23:00
0
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
15/02/2011 19:33:00
0
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
15/02/2011 19:57:00
0
Oh, and another thing. What's with the grass-skimming corners?!
RobsonGreensleeves
15/02/2011 20:00:00
0
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
15/02/2011 22:13:00
0
We should be happy that we drew, will put them out at home, job done.
johnkelv
18/02/2011 11:21:00
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