It’s Madrid again in the Champions League, with a single goal advantage going into the second leg. Against Atletico at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, there was the feeling we’d done the hard part by getting ahead at the Etihad. It turned out the hard part was yet to come.Continue Reading →
City lost an FA Cup semi-final for the third successive season on Saturday. In Pep we trust? Hmm, the cries for a rethink on team selection could be heard all the way home. The good news is a solution may be on hand, but more of that later.Continue Reading →
The story of City’s defeat in this Champions League final was apparently decided in the starting lineup when tinkering Pep selected Gundogen as the defensive midfielder ahead of Fernandinho or Rodri. Pep had overthought it again in the Champions League and come a cropper. If only it was that simple.Continue Reading →
After last week’s debacle, the last opponent City need is another hard working, well organised, title challenging side in excellent form. With injuries to Sagna and Delph reducing Manuel Pellegrini’s options still further, there’s little optimism around. True, Kompany and Silva are available but one has to wonder how fit they are for such a demanding fixture.
Still, City have had a rare full week to recharge and prepare for the game. So have Spurs, but with the older squad City probably needed it more. There’s been plenty of time for Pellegrini to come up with a plan, and central to his thinking should be the setup of the midfield and how to combat a flying Spurs side.Continue Reading →