I'm bored. Last three games; a rather credible draw against Liverpool, an efficient win against the Danes and a predictable loss against the Hammers. And I'm bored.
With any kind of decent away form the club could end the season with its best Premier League finish ever. But I don't see it. City could win the UEFA Cup, somewhat bizarrely we are both the only English club left in the competition and now considered the favourites.
Personally I happen to think Werder Bremen are the best team left in the competition but yes City on their day, and let me repeat that phrase, on their day are capable of winning the UEFA Cup. But do you have confidence that the best City team will show up for each game that is left in the competition? No, neither do I.
Here's a team with Robinho, Elano, SWP, Ireland, Kompany and Bellamy. And I'm bored. How is it that Elano is good enough to play for Brazil but not start for City? This is not about tactics and formations, although I've certainly had my share of thoughts on those. It's about spirit, City spirit. Can you imagine what Keegan could do with this lot? Not new players, just this group. We might lose every game 6-5 but imagine the football we'd see.
Maybe it's those hideous orange away kits. Where are the black and red shirts or even the old white with the black and red diagonal stripe?
Is it the loss of Michael Johnson who for a brief shining moment last season reminded us of Colin Bell? Do you build a team around Robinho? I don't think so. On his day he's true world class but he's a final piece not the foundation. Ironically Scolari was so right for wanting him at Chelsea where they would now be challenging United for the title. We need a Lampard or a Gerrard; a player who through shear will drives his team. You'll note Arsenal don't have that player while Villa with Barry and Everton with Cahill do. That was the promise, the tantalizing potential of Johnson.
As we enter the final third of the season I'm just not fussed. If I want to see a team with spirit I'll turn on the box and watch Villa or Everton. The phrase 'Typical City' was something we always said with a wry smile because it meant something extreme had happened. Now we are just boring and predicable City running out the string.
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