Soriani in trouble in Barcelona and Mancini’s job under threat by the Malaga manager, apparently. Usual anti City/Mancini article by bitter Liverpool fan Brian Reade in the manumirror as apparently the Community Shield doesn’t now class as a trophy, and all the “you can’t buy success” and “teams need time to gel” type articles by this type of pillock are replaced by the exact opposite.
Good interview with Mancini in the Guardian by Daniel Taylor where Nasri, in particular, and Joe to an extent, come in for some stick.
Chelsea tomorrow and here’s the It’s a fix extract :
27) SUNDAY FEBRUARY 24TH : CHELSEA (HOME) KO 1.30 PM
Last promotion was in 1989 (with us) since then they’ve won the lot Including the Chimps league and the FA Cup last season. 136th league meeting. Recent connection was Danny Sturridge.
This season so far : They’re in 3rd place with 49 points (4 behind us) from 26 games and 7 wins 3 draws and 3 losses away from home.
At the Bridge in November it was that 0-0 draw, when we failed to take advantage of the Rafa out situation. Crowd was 41,972 with 3,167 Blues.
In the Capital One Cup they lost the first leg of the semi-final 2-0 at home to Swansea, and drew 0-0 at The Liberty stadium where Hazard was red carded for trying to get the ball off the time wasting and spoilt brat ballboy.
In the FA Cup after beating Saints 5-1 away in the third round they drew 2-2 at Uwe’s Brentford away in the 4th, but won the replay 4-0 comfortably and face ‘Boro away in the 5th rd. before knocking the rags out at O/T in the 6th, hopefully.
In Europe they lost the World club game, went out of the Chimps league, dropped into Europa and have just scraped through against Sparta Prague in the knockout stage, with a last minute Hazard goal, when we were hoping it would go to extra time.
Form at home to Chelsea : Last season it was a 2-1 win for City. Cahill opened (60) Aguero equalised (78 pen) then Nasri clinched it (85). Crowd was 46,324 with 929 Chelsea. That was our third consecutive home win
Prior to those it was 4 losses and a win which halted 6 losses and a draw.
For City : WWWLLLLW
Comment : Benitez looked to be steadying the ship despite brutal fan pressure, but they’ve faltered in recent weeks particularly losing the COCup semi final to Swansea and he could soon be on his way, though he was only interim manager anyway. Mourinho lurks and a return is a possibility. It’s now an absolutely must win crunch game, as a loss will put Chelsea only 1 point behind us.
WWTWTWShite : Averaged 12,672 in 1982/83 and this season it’s 41,365