Three interesting results for City; home victories against a faltering Aston Villa, and yet another Danish club in the UEFA Cup before the expected loss to Chelsea away.
If you read the papers after the Villa game, City were brilliant. Best half of football by City all year and there should have been a hatful of goals. All good stuff and a great read. Now I'm pleased with this because I get to use one of my old Gran's favourite words. As in complete and utter twaddle!
Do these "journalists" actually watch more than an occasional football game or at least a half a dozen each weekend? City's best half this year was against Sunderland. What we saw against Villa was a tired Villa team that just didn't hustle enough and City took full advantage. While there was an occasional glorious pass from Elano, the Brazilian was equally likely to lose the ball needlessly - and I'm a fan of Elano as most of you know. City had multiple opportunities it is true and I'm very satisfied with the result but if you read the papers this was the second coming of Arsenal in full flow; and it wasn't.
Bottom line is three points against a very dangerous Villa team and that's all the record will show.
This past weekend saw the fairly predictable loss to Chelsea. Robinho was once again very poor away from home leading to wondrous efforts at muck racking by the rag supporting press. The old chestnut that Robinho will be offloaded to Chelsea in return for John Terry has been raised. I was discussing Terry with a long term Chelsea supporter, ie one that has followed the club before Abramovich made them a trendy club, and his comments were very illuminating. The fan in question couldn't stand Terry, thought he represented everything that was wrong about the Abramovich era, thought that the England defender was an embarrassment to both club and country, a train wreck waiting to happen and that he would be delighted to see the back of him. Food for thought. Moreover Terry isn't the player that drives Chelsea, that's Lampard who I would love to see playing for City.
In between, City confidently dispatched Aalborg 2-0 in the first leg of the UEFA Cup. We all know the phrase "typical City" but I would be shocked at anything other than passage in the competition later this week. Given a choice I'd probably prefer Udinese in the next round on the presumption that they are also able to maintain their advantage over Zenit St. Petersburg. The Italians were very fortunate to take a first leg 2-0 lead against the Russians and if they hold on would be probably the worst team left in the competition.
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