MAN CITY v Barcelona – The PREVIEW: City’s Probable Team

23 Feb

The main selection dilemma for Manuel Pellegrini is whether he opts for Pablo Zabaleta or Bacary Sagna at right back. The Argentine is far superior going forward, but Sagna has the edge defensively and, crucially, got the nod against twice against Franck Ribery and then Eden Hazard, attackers whose styles of play are similar to [...]

MAN CITY 5 – 0 Newcastle – Four Things We Learned

22 Feb

City reveal their true colours at last This was the City we have been waiting for all season. Forget the often insipid football, predictable and one-paced domination and defensive vulnerability, this was exactly what supporters have been asking for. Flying out of the traps, pressing high, moving the ball at speed and with purpose, scoring [...]

MAN CITY 5 – 0 Newcastle – PLAYER RATINGS

22 Feb

Hart - One bright reaction save in the second half from Cisse’s deflected volley meant he recorded a first clean in eleven games - 6 Zabaleta - Attacked with energy and intelligence, knowing when to provide an overlapping option and when to just sit back and maintain balance. Will be nervously awaiting Pellegrini’s selected for Tuesday - 7 Kompany - Comfortable [...]

MAN CITY v Newcastle – The PREVIEW: City’s Probable Team

20 Feb

Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna are vying for a starting position at right-back, with much depending on Manuel Pellegrini’s selection plans against Barcelona on Tuesday. Eliaquim Mangala and Aleks Kolarov are expected to get the nod for Saturday, with Martin Demichelis and Gael Clichy likely to return for the Champions League tie. Yaya Touré is [...]

INTERVIEW: Pablo Maffeo – Vieira is Incredible but when he Needs to Shout, he Doesn’t Hold Back!

18 Feb

This interview was first published in Spanish by Ignacio Lynch for Manchester City LatinoAmerica and it is with their kind permission that I have translated and posted it here. Young Spanish defender Pablo Maffeo has shone this season in the City academy and he was kind enough to answer our questions. Here, we discuss his short but promising career, [...]

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