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*Brogue kick* :)
We played our best football of this season so far in December when Augero, Kompany, Kolarov, Dzeko, Jovetic etc. were out. So we really need some humble players from EDS.

I am very disappointed with Kompany, he just complains with referee, lacks pace, makes mistakes, doesn't encourage teammates etc. If MP choose players based on merit he should not be in the starting eleven, Demichelis and Mangala should be in the starting eleven. Boyota played better than him today.

It seems MP may leave City but he will not leave Navas from the starting eleven.
you have to consider he may be getting rushed back to be fit and in form for the big league games and your CL games.

might not be at his best but he needs games and he's still your best defender despite form.
^ I agree, Kompany was rushed back into the eleven at the Arsenal game then flew out to Dubai right afterwards and flew back to City for an FA Cup game. Not really the best of weeks for a player trying to get back to a normal routine form injury and is flying all over the place. What he needed was rest not to be out and about in Dubai. His going to need a few more games under his belt before we can get the best out of him but for now I have to give him the benefit of the doubt and tbh we rely heavily on him and the pressure isn't easy.

Also as much as I'd like to see EDS players, none of them are PL ready. Even Pozo struggled to insert himself into the team so throwing them out there isn't going to help against PL opposition. They have to be slowly brought into the fold.Although I wanted to see EDS players playing today like Pozo (ST), Facey (FB), Iheanacho (ST), Bossaerts (CB), Barker (MF) or Ambrose (FW) get a shot today considering many of our first team players are coming back from Dubai. I don't even care if we had lost, at least throw on youngsters who would bring on some energy and would be buzzing at the opportunity to start.
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So finally Milner gets a start in CM. Not super impressive, but I think he will do well given few more chances to cement into that role. What do you guys think? I liked him there. He used to rule that space at Villa.
Arsenal all over again, only this time we managed a bar full of shots and scored none.
Its pretty disappointing how bad we've been playing as a squad lately but I'm hoping we can get out of this funk soon and start with beating Chelsea. The timing was pretty bad which doesn't make much sense to me to why we had to play in that friendly at all considering we had an important game coming up and I wanted us to last way longer in the fa cup after our disappointing display in the capital one cup.
I agree, who ever planned the friendly with a mini vacation got it all wrong, apparently they probably thought boro was a pushover team so we didn't need time to prepare for them.
Not sure what is going wrong. The only missing puzzle is creativity from CM (which is Yaya). Otherwise we had a full strength team (barring Deadly Boyata)

I personally have been hawking the idea that we are better off without Yaya but I've been proven completely wrong now.

We need a strong #9 to complement Aguero (Bony/Dzeko) and a creative outlet from the midfield (Yaya). Right now all we do is push the ball wide and give to Jesus 'soy perdido' Navas.
In my opinion, our current problem is Navas in the starting eleven more than not having Yaya on the pitch. When Navas plays everyone passes ball to him in wider area then he either misses/loses or crosses blindly without any end product.

We need Nasri instead of Navas which combines well with Silva and hold ball well in the final third which allows few of our players(mainly strikers) to run behind opposition defender from where we get goals.
^ I agree. I guess the players pass to Navas thinking he can outrun players and get on the counter but he can't deliver at all. Nasri on the other hand is a ball player, who can making good passes inside or outside the 18 and hold up play and get himself or others into good goalscoring positions. At first I was happy to see Navas getting more minutes because early in the season he did look very good but his been out of it for a long time now and I don't know MP starts him constantly. That's kind of irritates me about MP, even if certain players end up screwing up match after match, he will stick with them no matter what.

@Tomi, that's what I've been thinking as well. I thought we'd be even better without Yaya. I really was under the illusion Fernandinho and Fernando would do better but they lack that creativity that Yaya posses. I was wondering for the past few games what the hell is wrong with our team and its the CM position. We need a creative CM who can link up play to the attack from the middle of the park and push up forward taking long shots from distance. In fact its got me worried what were going to when and if we end up selling Yaya. Who's going to replace him? I can't really imagine many footballer in the world apart from Pogba who can replace Yaya. Although Isco fits the bill for me, he lacks strength but he makes up for it with speed and his defensive and offensive play has sky rocked this season for RM.
I really hope Pelle takes the hint and benches some players. The complacency is tangible and the innovation has disappeared in this team. its become really hard to watch with or without yaya. This problem has been all season and the players need a wake up call.
omg this is atrocious.
Wondering what Pelle will have to say
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I can't believe how bad we are without Toure. We had a full squad on as well.
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how bad are we without toure? Its this bad
jovetic is our brightest player so far until half time
Aguero for me. Looking fit again
I think that this season our spine has been quite poor. Toure, Fernando, Fernandinho and all three center backs have been bad. We seem to have lost our identity since last season and its showing not necessarily in results but in how were playing. There is a lack of excitement and confidence this season. I think the mangle fernando signing really disrupted the teams chemistry possibly. The fluidity is just not there. I think we need to do some selling this summer and get some of that hunger back in the side by bringing in some younger players.
Thoughts?
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Fernando has been shockingly poor these past weeks...... he plays with no confidence and lacks concentration way too often. Mangala has heavily disturb the balance in our defense, our stability over ninety minutes is so unpredictable. Bringing in youngsters will definitely show more hunger in this team Karim Rekik deserves a chance.
Wish we could but I don't see us bringing any younger players in the squad anytime soon if you mean from the youth system, the Bony signing says it all, just looking for proven players and buying them if we can, won't be surprised if Rekik leaves just like Nasty, I'm sick of it personally, but hey, I'm just a fan I don't know how to run a club.
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mangle?? lols!

I think our squad always lacked youth but this season hunger has been missing as well. I've seen us in a few games were we were fighting like hell for points and some matches were we simply just show up. The biggest difrence this season has been Yaya, his been doing great lately but not as consistent or as quick in attack as last season. He contribute 20 goals last season. I can't blame Fernando and Mangala, both are in their first season for City and still adjusting in the PL but I do think come the summer some players need to be exiting and some bright, fresh new blood enter the team out to prove themselves.

If I was MP I would do this: For DF, I would bring back Rekik and Nastasic from their loan deals and have Mangala and Kompany as part of the 4 team center back squad. I'd even add 18 year old Mathias Bossaerts as back up player or an FA Cup/League Cup player and sell Boyata. As for the FBs position I would sell Gael Clichy and Sagna bring in Everton youngster who has impressed me a lot Luke Garbutt who's dubbed as the new Baines. I saw him play in the Wolfsburg match and he was stunning, the kid is going to rival Luke Shaw so enough. As for RB I would bring in Liam Moore of Leicester City, he reminds me a lot of Micah. His strong, fast and capable of playing RB and CB. Now I think you understand my point, we need to load up on English talent and or homegrown players.

For MF and attack its going to pretty complicated. I would keep the core players like Aguero, Silva, Milner, Bony, Jovetic, Fernando, Fernandinho but I would considering selling Yaya or finding a potential replacement for him. Also if Milner does end up leaving I would bring in Marco Reus, top, top player with so much ability and can score so many goals. He can play multiple positions in attack and would be the kind of player we need right now.

Although we've all spoken about youth players coming in for so many seasons now. I think the clubs philosophy is to buy proven talent which is just wrong. We need a new manager and a new philosophy to follow if youth is to be integrated with out first team.
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I'm happy with Fernando...he fit in from day one, adding the depth we needed in DM. He had some ups and downs just like most players.
I'm being very, very patient regarding Mangala. He's a red card waiting to happen. Even in the Hamburg friendly the other day he managed to collect a yellow, there was no need for such foul.

I don't see a lack of excitement, I see the boys give their all in most games. Confidence was not high in CL, then it all changed as well.
if you don't mind me saying it you guys are overly negative sometimes
^ I guess I was being a overly negative but I still think their are holes in this team that needs to be fixed this summer. I just don't like the fact that we have to eliminate certain players because our squad is big on international players when we could very much fix that easily. Buying young talented English homegrown players or giving more chances to our homegrown talent talent doesn't hurt.
:)not directed at you it's just a general feeling...look I have cambridge-manu in the background and it sucks, any liverpool game I watched this season sucked... That's why I'm saying we don't appreciate what we have, not enough
I think this is the weakness of rich clubs, they look elsewhere to solve their problems first, when sometimes there are internal solutions. Don't get me wrong it works wonders most of the time but if you bring up local players they know what it means to play for the club and always give at least 100% which is important for the discipline roles.
Great post moe.

Moonman I think we all appreciate where we are right now, we just want to see our team take the right path and we also don't want Chelsea to win :P It's natural for a football fan.
I think the way we lost to Arsenal has just changed peoples mood up a bit. We need a win against Boro, I want to feel better.
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My feelings have been here all season because the spark has not been there.
We were wrote off last year,we won the title & 3 years ago the same, we won the title. If Chelsea do win it,then well done to them. However there are 16 games to play and if anyone thinks it's Chelsea's already then they don't know much about football. CTID :)
Too many people writing off City too early, we keep the faith and go on.
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We can get into gear when its time to start getting consistent and I'm not to worried at all. Once we have Aguero up and running and Dzeko back we can start getting back to rhythm and once Bony arrives were going to be even more dangerous.
Then people didn't learn anything from 2012 and 2014...surely we will win the last 8 games or so and win in a photo finish :P
I'd actually like to see it come to a playoff game. When we were tied a few weeks back, GF & GA were equal and if the title had to be decided that day, it would've come down to a playoff. Never happened before. Not sure if its one game or a home and away. Would be fun though. See ya at the Bridge! ;)
^ I agree, that would be some playoff, see you at the bridge lol.
^was meaning next weekend. :)


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32
19
51
2
4
16
22
1
47
23
22
45
3
5
14
22
2
42
21
16
37
6
3
13
22
3
40
15
21
36
4
7
11
22
4
39
14
25
39
5
6
11
22
5
37
2
30
32
7
4
11
22
6
36
10
25
35
6
6
10
22
7
35
4
27
31
7
5
10
22
8
30
-4
30
26
8
6
8
22
9
29
-4
27
23
9
5
8
22
10
27
-9
35
26
9
6
7
22
11
23
-4
34
30
9
8
5
22
12
23
-8
33
25
9
8
5
22
13
22
-9
29
20
10
7
5
22
14
22
-14
25
11
10
7
5
22
15
20
-14
33
19
8
11
3
22
16
20
-15
36
21
10
8
4
22
17
19
-10
30
20
11
7
4
22
18
19
-16
39
23
13
4
5
22
19
17
-14
34
20
13
5
4
22
20
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0
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0
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0
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0
0
0
0
0
0
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6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
7
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
8
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
9
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
10
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
11
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
12
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
13
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
14
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
15
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
16
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
17
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
18
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
19
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
20
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
21
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
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12
4
16
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0
5
6
1
8
1
8
9
2
2
2
6
2
5
-6
14
8
3
2
1
6
3
5
-7
13
6
3
2
1
6
4

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