CITY vs Olympique Lyonnais

CapturLyon has played in the CL 12 times, and like us have reached the semi-finals once in 09/10.  Their home patch is the 59,186-seat Parc Olympique Lyonnais, commercially known as Groupama Stadium, in Décines-Charpieu, a suburb of Lyon. They play in white, red and blue (very French). Lyon was a member of the G14 group of leading European football clubs and are founder members of its successor, the European Club Association.  They are apparently one of the most popular clubs in France. A 2009 survey found that about 11% of the country’s football fans supported them, level with Paris Saint-Germain.  The club’s nickname, Les Gones, means “The Kids” in Lyon’s regional dialect of Arpitan. Their manager is Bruno Génésio and like us, Lyon also has a successful women’s football team, but theirs has won its league a record 15 times. The women’s team has also won nine Coupe de France titles and the UEFA Women’s Champions League in 2011, 2012, 2016 and 2017.  Thank God we aren’t playing the ladies.  Naturally, I used Wikipedia to find that lot out because I know absolutely nothing about them.  They currently lie 7th in the French 1st division having won two, lost two and drawn one of their five games.  A few familiar faces, Dembele, Depay, Denayer, Ferdland Mendy, (please don’t tell me that’s Ben’s brother) and Da Silva.  Again, without sounding big headed, we really should win this one, but I’m going for a cautious 2-1.

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Frank the Yank

 

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Right, let’s sort this once and for all before our stereotypical descriptions of Frank get out of hand. he does NOT look like John Wayne. He does NOT look like Clint Eastwood. He does not even look like Danny DeVito – much. Many years ago, Frank sent in a short letter and a photo of himself to the now defunct City magazine and here he is in all his glory. Well, the 1998 version at least.  A few empty seats in the Kippax Stand. – Just saying like.  If you object to being plastered across this blog, Frank.  Just say and I’ll delete the post.

City v Fulham

Right, we’re up and running again, well for a few more weeks anyway before the next sodding international break. Can anyone please tell me why we had a friendly after that Nations league game?, why oh fcuking why?.

Tough game coming up against Fulham, I know loads will say bullshit we’ll get four or five against them, I can’t see that happening. They’ve started pretty well just like Wolves and if we show any signs of complacency they’ll shock us. Can’t remember too many of our previous games against Fulham, one that sort of stands out was a night game live on sky I think when we’d dropped down to league two. Everyone was pretty confident about this game after our opening day victory against Blackpool, but what a hiding we got.

Our Georgian ace Tskhadze (hmmm) was sent off and we lost 3-0 I think, a huge reality check for us that night. Prediction for Saturday City 3 Fulham 2. Team: Ederson, Walker, Mendy, Stones, Laporte, Fernandinho, Sterling, Sane, B.Silva, D.Silva, Aguero.

Subs: Muric, Kompany, Delph, Gundogan, Mahrez, Foden, Jesus

Champions League Draw

Full draw for all the English clubs
Group F
Manchester City
Shakhtar Donesk
Lyon
Hoffenheim
– Pretty good draw for us
Group B
Barcelona
Spurs
PSV Eindhoven
Inter Milan
– God Help them
Group H
Juventus
Manchester United
Valencia
Young Boys
– That’ll please Jose
Group C
Liverpool
Napoli
PSG
Red Star Belgrade
– Ha-Ha, let’s see how good you are

CITY v Newcastle United

1The sooner this game starts, the better as far as I’m concerned.  We need to put the Wolves game behind us asap and shut up some of the cretins in the media who have been rejoicing at the fact that someone managed a lucky draw against us – normal service seems to have been resumed.  One of the worst culprits was the Mail’s Ian Ladyperson who thanked Wolves for taking the game to us and proved that “City are human, after all.” Ladyman suggested that other teams should follow Wolves’ lead and rather than sit back and defend, attack us from the off, after all, it worked for Wolves. What he failed to point out that for all their efforts, apart from an offside goal and a handball goal, Wolves forced Ederson to make just one save. Their keeper meanwhile had to make two stops from point blank, tipped another effort onto the bar as well as a couple of other decent saves and then we had another two shots cannon off the crossbar. Let’s hope other teams do try and copy Wolves because I’m pretty confident that 95% of the time, they won’t be as lucky and will soon find themselves 3-0 down.  As DB pointed out in the last thread, the Sun’s Dave Kidd apparently wrote “There’s a Manchester club where the star player is a long term injury absentee, the new record signing is struggling badly (even though he’s barely played) and the legendary club captain is creaking alarmingly. Keep it under your hat but that club is Manchester City. As I say, against Wolves we could have been out of sight before they scored their handball goal.  I don’t expect this game to be any different.  Lots of chances created only this time, we’ll take more of them.  Perhaps not before giving the Geordies a goal start though.

Wolves v CITY

1Game three of 38, the season just flies by doesn’t it?  Liverpool are looking likely to be the ones who are going to be our strongest challengers this season.  Spurs will do their usual and capitulate at Old Trafford on Monday and I don’t feel they have a strong enough squad to mount a title challenge.  Mourinho will either pull it round or drag United even further into the mire.  Chelsea and Arsenal just don’t have the depth to cover for serious injuries, leaving us and Liverpool to slug it out.  The media are doing their best to talk Liverpool up, but let’s see how good they are if they lose Salah for six weeks or more.  We are doing our best to self harm our title challenge with not one but two players now out long term, injured in training.  What kind of training do we do a Carrington? (if that’s still where we train)  Hopscotch on a minefield?  Jousting with real lances?  Swimming blindfolded in a tank of sharks?  Bravo wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but there were signs that he was improving.  Wolves next then and nothing but a win will do.  Yes, they pushed us hard in the LC last season, but we did play a weakened side and although I’m not going to predict a high scoring win, 2-0 sounds about right.

CITY v Huddersfield Town

htThe injury to KDB has taken the gloss over what was a very satisfactory victory at Arsenal.  Everyone on every City social media site is waiting with baited breath to see how long Kev will be out for.  The latest report I read was October, although it has to be said, we seem to be able to bring injured players back earlier than when first diagnosed these days, in Man United fashion.  I’m not sure why that is, but fingers crossed the same goes for KDB.  Would it be too much to hope that it isn’t even that serious? as Mahrez’s wasn’t – probably.  The good news, according to most Blues is that we are more than capable of  covering his absence and if the Chelsea and Arsenal games are anything to go by, they’re right.  That’s not the point though, what crappy luck to have your best player injured for six games before he’s barely kicked a ball in anger and as I mentioned on the last thread, what kind of training are we doing for that to happen?  We’re getting no sympathy of course and I wouldn’t expect any.  After all, there’s nothing I’d like more than for Salah to break a leg (painlessly of course) to keep him out for a few months.  The fixture list doesn’t include many games where we will miss him drastically, apart from Liverpool away, where he’s not exactly set the world alight anyway.  Huddersfield next and nothing more than a win will do and I expect us to get it.  3-0