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A Man City point of view - Part 1

What made you support Man City mate?
City born and bred. I come from Manchester and was born into a large family of blues. It was inevitable I'd support them and glad I had it forced upon me; just as I have done to my lad. It's a concept lost on our neighbours who think the only requirement for allegiance is following the biggest and ugliest just because they win things.

Are you happy with how your season is going so far?
Overjoyed. I expected things to improve from last season but couldn't have predicted just how much they have done. Now if only we could carry our home form on our travels?

The cynical would say that Sven only went to City because you had money, would you agree - either way how do you think he is doing?
Good managers will only go where there is money. If people wish to be cynical about it so be it but I can't imagine any of the top club managers pitching up at a club where they couldn't build a side. All cynicism aside he is doing a great job. Considering the balls up Pearce made of things a 40 million net spend was the minimum requirement. What shouldn't be understated is that despite the foreigners he's bought he is still giving youth its chance. Last time out we fielded Richards, Johnson, Ireland and Hart that have come through the ranks. Not many top-flight clubs can claim that on a regular basis.

How do you rate his signings so far?
There is only really Bianchi that is looking a mistake but I still expect him to deliver if he can settle in Manchester. The rest have all added something to the squad. Not bad after the pre season criticism he took for picking up players from videos.

Will he need more in January - and will he get them?
For me he needs at least one, but probably two, forwards, a right winger and a keeper. Will he get them? January tends to be over inflated time in the market but I'd expect at least two new signings.

Who is the City danger man that Pompey should watch?
Elano. Sheer class. Has taken many teams apart already with his classy style of play.

How do you reckon City will go this season?
I still will be happy with top ten but it's hard to stop yourself believing in more when you sit third in the league and have a home quarter final in the Carling Cup to come.

What about Pompey?
They have surprised me and seem to be playing some good football. As I write you sit fifth. Who would have had this as fifth v third going into the weekend? Seems Sky picked a good one.

If you could take any Pompey player from our squad and put him in yours, who would it be and why?
Benjani for his goals.

Go on - who is going to win, Pompey or Man City?
Really tough game for both sides so I'll sit on the fence for a draw. Don't expect us to show our Chelsea form, that was a one off as two clean sheets since have shown.

Questions answered by Vital Man City's Andy Leggott.

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The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday November 9 2007

Time: 8:00AM

Your Comments

another top interview giving a rival fans views - something that i really enjoy us doing now, part 2 from one of the other city writers will be added tomorrow...
pompeyrug
been a dream start for City - can't see it lasting though!
merlin
yep... as we will win on sunday and leap frog them ;-)
pompeyrug
We'd better win - there's a City fan works in my office! I think we will though!
tracyc
Rug: This is a really neat feature, well done. Any way you slice it, City have been terrific this year. I'm sure most of us were cheering them on when they beat the " evil ones " 1-0 back in August. Sunday should be a cracker, but I'm guessing 2-1 for Pompey since I think we have the edge in defence.
Toronto4Pompey
2-1 pompey
The Rabbi
Rug, great article again. I really enjoy this feature. Its great to hear from fan of other clubs and its a good part of the build up to the game (I'm getting excited about Sunday already!). For a bit of fun, you could also ask what their 'chant of the moment' is, as it's sometimes hard working out what opposition fans are singing!
NorthStandDan
i cant help but inch myslef when reeing: "[i would take] benjani for his goals"!...not what i would expect this time last year!!!
pompeycarpet
sorry, thats meant to say "pinch myself when reading"
pompeycarpet
Good interview mate, good to see someone being honest about their club. Imagine another team, other than Juventus, wanting Benjy.
Owenspompey
Victoria Beckham makes me inch myself Carpet !
Toronto4Pompey
"Don't expect us to show our Chelsea form", why not, we all know Pompey deserves a win, and its such a boost for the team, go on, let em feckin take you apart like we did, it was incredibly fun to watch aswell you know. :))
Blue is the colour
whats all this 'inching' talk fellas... :-) yep, its a nice feature and one i enjoy doing... it is great seeing other clubs also starting to notice benji - and so many of them 'mocked' him just a few months back!
pompeyrug
Vicky Bekham??? if your talking wags Id ask Michelle Marsh to "inch" me!
CharlieChimes
Good article ... I think Sven is a good bloke and got (some) harsh treatment byt for press for (some) crap decisions ..but it was always known that he made his name in club football and he's proving that at City.. All that said they have had a good start but will no doubt hit a bad patch of form... (I think they are entering it now - 6-0 v Chelsea, scrapped a win v Sunderland) ... I think Pompey are gonna roast em.. my only worry is Diop being out ... We've got the players to replace him obviuosly but the team is so well balanced at the moment it hard to see who 'naturally' replaces who
Chix
he is a good manager, very good club manager, but man city have been boosted by their early easy fixtures, and will dip to midtable, i garuntee it
PompeyGleamer
thats a cracking point Gleamer when you think about it - we were flying last season, but outr early fixtures were not exactly 'hard' were they, we are doing it again this season but they have been much harder - our run in this season is alot 'easier' so if we are in the mix for anything come the end of the season if we dont get it with the run in we have i will not be amused...
pompeyrug
No easy games in this league mate, and that bloody competition in January will affect us more than most, i just hope that we are planning for this eventuality as we need to keep the momentum going,not like last year when we lost our way in January, which cost us the chance to play in Europe.
Owenspompey
 

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