Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Tuesday

36A) WEDNESDAY MAY 4TH CHIMPS LEAGUE S/F SECOND LEG REAL MADRID AWAY KO 7.45PM

Tonight it was Bayern 2 Atletico 1, so if we win through tomorrow night, we’ll face Atletico in  the San Siro. Sad for Pep.
Obviously we know all about the Santiego Bernabeu Stadium from our previous visit, and we know to be wary of the Spanish police this time. Revenge for Pellers being sacked in 2010? Tie is in the balance after the 0-0 at The Etihad. Real Madrid have just beaten Real Sociedad 1-0 with a goal from Gareth Bale and it’s very tight at the top of La Liga. They sit in 3rd place with 84 points from 36 games, 1 point behind Atletico and Barca with 26 wins, 6 draws and 4 losses, and 2 games to go.
We know all about them, pretty well, Bale, Modric and Ronaldo. We need to score, c’mon boys , make up for Saturday and do us proud.

Dave

28 comments:

  1. Looking at the newspapers this morning, it's good to see that the whole of Manchester and indeed the UK will be supporting us this evening - NOT!!

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  3. I can understand the jealousy due to our benefactors but I would have thought that having spent a wagon load of cash on some of the best players in the world (allegedly) and still playing like a 'bag o shite' would have mitigated some of the bitterness.

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  4. Now is not the time to be critical of Pellegrini and our owners' prioritising of the CL. Now is the time to give some credit to several players who many of us have been highly critical of. Otamendi and Mangala were brilliant tonight, stepping up after Kompany went off yet again following an innocuous challenge. The two Fern's also did their bit as did both full backs, so too Navas, whose final delivery was of the usual standard, but he certainly put in a shift. Hart proved why any talk of replacing him would be madness. Sterling and Kelechi did well coming on as subs, with Nacho doing more in ten minutes than Toure did in 80. Disappointments were DeBruyne, I really expected him to be slightly more effective at this level, Aguero, who was anonymous until that lovely shot nearly got us a goal and of course Toure, who continued to slow things down and make that telling ten yard pass sideways or backwards that have become his trademark.

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  5. Not shit but not great. We *could* have scored and gone through to the final but it would have been a lucky win if we had achieved it. Thought we actually defended well, especially considering the early departure of Vinny (aside: why does his calf go early in games when it does go?). The attack seemed a little bit toothless and only the stint after Kelechi had come on was productive or remotely threatening. That could have been because Serg and Kevin were lack-lustre or because they were well handled - probably a bit of both. But Yaya needn't have bothered struggling to get fit to play the game - would have preferred playing 4-4-2 with Kelechi from minute 1. But you look to the bench and the only other sensible option was to play Delph and we all know his skill level.

    Not a game to be depressed by, we played a CL semi against one of the 3-4 best teams in the world and only got knocked out by a deflected goal.

    Upwards and onwards - beat the Arse and we may have 4th place wrapped up if Wham and the Rags draw next week.

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  6. Got to disagree with you here lads, that was effing abysmal tonight. Another ninety mins where we had no game plan from the first whistle, and another ninety mins where eff all was created. It was a semi final FFS, but we were like rabbits in the headlights scared to bloody death of the occasion. De Bruyne and Aguero should hang their heads in shame after that complete no show, didn't look interested full stop. But when you've got a dick in charge of you like Pellegrini, I suppose you're motivation drops at will. Very annoyed we didn't even lay a glove on them over two legs. Pathetic effort!.

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  7. I was going to wait until tomorrow before I spat my bile

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  8. Very rare for me to disagree with Tony but I'm with Derbyshire Blue here. I thought the start was very promising but when Kompany's left he was joined by all our confidence. It's nothing short of scandalous that we can't seem to cope without our skipper, who seems to be made of glass. Real were getting in behind us with ease and I feel we got off lightly. Aguero was a disgrace. Apparently he's now gone 5 CL matches without a shot on target and tonight he reminded me of my comment last week that he's become a flat track bully. 3rd best player in the world? Do me a favour. Sorry but I don't think one of our players would've got in the Real team. I do agree that Navas and Fernandinho put in a real shift and Sterling showed much more than I expected (more than Aguero did in 90 minutes!)

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    1. Agree with these comments. We may have gone further in the competition but last night showed that we haven't progressed at all. Despite some valiant individual performances,the gulf in class was there for all to see, as was our inferiority complex. Unless things change dramatically (players, attitude and tactics) all we can look forward to in the CL is reasonable performances until we come up against one of the top clubs. Was last night any better or show any real 'progress' since we went there with Mancini?

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  9. Whereas we may have missed a chance tonight, and last week for that matter, I'm incredibly proud of how far this team has come, with the injuries, with the decisions against us, all under the backdrop of UEFA's FFP and bizarre clampdowns hindering us. We've gotten further than we've ever done before and maybe we learnt a bit of a lesson tonight. The key is to learn from it and come back stronger next year. For now, lets beat Arsenal and basically shore up a top 4 spot and go on our holidays like Kolarov has done

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    1. Beat Arsenal, what's your next joke mate?. We'll lose both these remaining matches, as any bit of confidence which still remained prior to last night will have gone in a flash. Players don't care anymore, not just this season but last as well, so why should we as fans?. I honestly think my love affair will die one day if we continue look as though we don't give a f. It has to change under Guardiola.

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  10. I think we all know we haven't played well for, well I think since Negredo got injured, to be honest however if we don't think we can't beat Arsenal, what's the point of turning up on Sunday. In fact what's the point at all. Even when we were shot back in div 2 I still went to every game thinking 'we can win today and turn our season around' only to see us lose to Wycombe or Stockport etc. yet we all still came back the next week. The talent is there, the desire maybe not so from a few however until the season has been put to bed I still think we can beat Arsenal. That's our job as fans. Or if you will, supporters. So I for one will be screaming from the rooftops of we get three points on Sunday or saying'typival city' if we lose.

    I'm just saying if you told me at the start of the season we would win the league cup, lose to the odd 'deflected' goal in the chimps league semi final and still , somehow, have a chance to finish second with two games to go , I would've ripped your hand off for it. Especially with the injuries and dodgy refereeing decisions against us.

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  11. And so it begins, starting with those newspapers I've seen this morning who are slagging us off for failing to have a shot on target. They will have had two headlines prepared one telling the world that we ought to have beaten Madrid considering we've spent £3 billion, no... make that £5 billion since 2008 and one saying how crap we are and how we have let English football down. Then of course there's our old friend Talksport who have reeled out the quotes this morning from the usual batch of City haters on how we meekly went to the Bernabau and surrendered and how Arsenal/United/Liverpool/Chelsea (delete as appropriate) would never have done that. The fact is the only way we were going to get through last night was to do a Chelsea and defend well (which we did) hope that Joe Hart has the game of his life (which he did) keep the score down to no more than 1-0 until around the 75th minute (which we did) and then get a try and nick one in that period where they would try and defend their lead and catch us on the break (which we nearly did when Aguero’s shot found the top of the net.) We were never going to be good enough to slug it out against them and it would have been suicidal to have done so, because like it or not, their game changers are better than ours. We played no better or worse than Chelsea did when they somehow beat Bayern in the 2010 final or than United did beating Bayern in the 1999 final, but of course they both won, so it’s different. All we can do now is what we should have done on Sunday when we played a weakened side against Southampton, is try and ensure that we’re there again next year by beating Arsenal and Swansea. I would start Kelechi ahead of Sergio who just isn’t doing it at present. Kompany must be waved goodbye or kicked into a coaching role, because he’s no use to anyone at present. Yaya will should never kick another ball for us after his stroll last night and obviously there are others who need to go. But I stand by my original comment, those players I mentioned earlier aren’t good enough, but they did do as well as we could have hoped last night. We were let down by those who we needed to step up and show that they are world class, namely DeBruyne, Aguero, Kompany and Toure. I think the Pellegrini era has put us further back than we were under Hughes and the work starts again under Pep. Perhaps it’s better that we miss out on the CL and concentrate on doing what I’ve said we should be doing for five years, that being winning the PL. Let the kids play in the Europa League to give them experience rather than farming them out to Celtic

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  12. The future has to begin next season, and that's bringing some of the kids in. I want to see Roberts, Denayer, and possibly Brahim all included from pre season then into the competitive games. Sick of us spending huge amounts on shite, players who couldn't give a f either way. Pep won't stand for laziness, unlike Pellegrini who seems to have welcomed it with open arms, players taking the piss on complete easy street in most games they play. Time for big changes this summer and only two games to go under this incompetent fool.

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    1. It must be a good feeling, as a Liverpool or Atletico fan watching your manager on the touchline looking like he gives one, inspiring his players to give greater effort.

      When the Charming - but Clueless - Man arrived, Paul Hayward of The Telegraph described Pellegrini as having the demeanour of a maitre d'. I thought he was being unfair (he is a rag), but he was right.

      I think that next season, a lot of players will show an improvement just by having the dead hand of Pellegrini removed from their shoulders.

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  13. Yep, two games and counting mate, then happy days hopefully.

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  14. Well I spent today in the car driving for 6-7 hours and so listened to more Talksport than anyone should ever have to. So now I realise we are lower than pond-scum who should be banned from all future CL games for basically playing the game in deck-chairs and not trying at all.

    Alternatively Tony P is entirely right - it was the obvious best tactic and Talkshite's theory that we should have been going gung-ho was utterly ridiculous. I'd love to see what media comment would have been if Aguero's shot had been 9 inches lower. Would Pellers suddenly have become a tactical genius? Or a lucky bastard? Or would we have been slated as being anti-football (in the same way Chelsea were damned with faint praise when they won the CL by similar tactics)?

    But to quote Gone With The Wind, Sunday is Another Day. Dust yourselves down kids, lose Yaya and Navas and go with Sterling (who's getting a bit of the groove back), Nasri and the Fern's with two up front. Sergio needs to keep playing over and over to run himself back into form. And cross your fingers that Utd and WHam will knock themselves out.

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  15. Also, prepare yourselves for a media frenzy as Liverpool are winning 3-0 against Villareal and look like they are going to show us how it should have been done and reach a European final. naturally tomorrow there won't be any talk of who they were playing compared to us. By the way Geoff, that bloated lush and former rag, Alan Brasil commenting on a quote from Roy Keane on how poor we were early this morning, said "Well done, Roy."

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    1. Yep - heard that somewhere between Leicester and Northampton. Frankly I've always though Talksport was rubbish and should be utterly ignored and that's just on the basis of their commentaries. So to hear their actual programmes is a revelation - not only biased, bigoted but just basically ill-informed and factually wrong in some things. And the advertising leaves you in no doubt that they're just catering for a stereotyped concept of a knuckle-browed white van man. Never knew it was quite so bad.

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    2. A knuckle -browed white van man who doesn't read contracts before he signs them.

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    3. p.s. I've often thought about downloading the Colin Murray and Friends podcast.

      Because the show is a podcast padded out with seemingly endless commercial breaks, traffic and news reports, each sandwiched by adverts and musical interludes.

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    4. We can only dream of having the energy and heart that Liverpool play with though Tony. Yes they were playing poorer opposition but they would've had one hell of a go at Madrid if it was them in our boots. Down to the manager again I'm afraid, one who shows passion and grit by the bucket load,and one who is bored to tears by it all, who couldn't give a monkey's how we play anymore. His whole demeanour has spread to the players and this is what we now have.

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  17. Seriously, why does any City fan listen to Talksport? Said it before, I de-tuned it from my car radio when they crowned Liverpool champs that time. My stress levels are so much lower nowadays. Having said that, I commented on the Blog ages ago that our performances were making most weekends a media no go area for me and a few of you said the same applies to you. I despise the British media for the way City have been treated since the takeover but when we have had such a season as this, in which I've been as critical as anyone, I think we've played right into their hands. Just black them out, lads!

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    1. Until we get media who weren't brought up on the success of LFC or the rags, we will always be 'that club who bought history with petrol dollars'. Glyn is right, this blog is the only place we will see info about MCFC we need to

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    2. Just a horrible thought. Does Liverpool winning the EL and thus qualifying for the CL mean that finishing in 4th place in the PL does not gain entry to the CL next year?

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  18. No, as England will get 5 spots. It would've only affected 4th spot if we won champs league and didn't finish in the top 4 as we would take that spot instead

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