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Man City Review – The first weekend review

August 15, 2009


So the first weekend of the EPL kicks off and we find Sheikh-friendly Man City take on the boys from Blackburn. This is a game built up as the Rich Man vs Stable Man. Blackburn started with a host of players from last season, and barring the first goal, looked like keeping up with riches of Man City.

Adebayor began the first installment of his transfer fee, with a well taken goal created by was-there-before Shaun Wright Phillips. In fact, SWP was excellent throughout the game, and together with Stephen Ireland, were in my eyes, the best players on the pitch.

The aforementioned Ireland showed why he was City’s player of the year last season, with a well taken goal, when it looked like the chance was lost, towards the end of the game. Another player wanting to prove a point, and keep his position in the team, is Craig Bellamy. Let’s face it, he’s an excellent, if not temperamental, player when fit. He definitely won’t be fit the entire season, and it’s good to see Sparky pick him over Tevez.

Which brings me to my next point. Tevez came on as a sub, for Bellamy at first, before everyone realised the stadium announcer made a blunder. Robinho was the man to come off, and he looked less than pleased when his number was shown. Tevez looks like he needs more time to fit into the City system, as although he had little time to impress, there was a moment in the 86th minute when he was facing the Blackburn goal, and could’ve passed the ball to either wings, but instead turned around with his back to goal. I’ve seen him do this for United, because usually someone like Anderson would be behind him to receive the ball, but no one was there, and the Blackburn fullbacks came back to cover the wings.

Barry had a quiet game, and of the existing crop of players, Richard Dunne would have hoped he did enough to show Hughes that they don’t need Lescott. Micah Richards looked ok, but was clumsy in committing a foul that brought him a yellow card. Given was, as usual, excellent in goal, and made some good stops in the first half when Blackburn were still in the game.

In the end, City deserved the win, as they were the better team, but it will be interesting to see how well they cope with pressure as the season rolls on.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 15, 2009 6:03 pm

    No wonder they’re chomping at the bit for Lescott. Defense not so hot.
    I suppose a win on the road for City is signs of betterment but I didn’t see any real magic. Nothing to stress about really.
    Ohhhh so that’s why Bellamy had the strop. Pub was crowded, couldn’t hear commentary- just thought he refused to come off and Hughes couldn’t rein him in.

    Anyway, everyone but City really want to see City fail this year. But with Richards on my defense and Adebayor as captain of my fantasy squad, I begrudgingly remain neutral.

    City’s debut in one word: meh.

  2. August 15, 2009 6:33 pm

    Haha I’ve got the issue of having Shay Given in goal. It’s nice to start off with a clean sheet! lol

  3. August 15, 2009 6:35 pm

    thought the new signings were average really, petrov would have done a better job than barry i think. relatively old timers such as swp and stephen ireland were the ones pulling the strings.

  4. August 17, 2009 5:00 am

    I’m with everyone not a City fan, I want to see City fail. And that is still the best picture I have seen in football this summer.

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