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A Man City point of view - Part 2

What made you support Man City mate?
It's all my Dad's fault! I remember at an early age seeing him coming home at night from Maine Road absolutely buzzing following yet another victory and I thought that'll do for me! The trouble is, as the years wore on, cat kickingly frustrating Saturday evenings became more frequent for both of us and "Typical City" mantra was headshakingly knocked about. We are still hoping against hope that a trophy will someday soon find it's way to Eastlands with sky blue and white ribbons on it. Maybe Frank Shinawatra and Svennis can realise that dream for us.

Are you happy with how your season is going so far?
Bewildered but delighted! Nobody in football who witnessed events at The City Of Manchester Stadium this summer would have seriously expected City to be third in the Premier League on merit by the last firework on Bonfire Night, but we are! I have to doff my flat cap to The Iceman for gelling a side comprising of young, hungry internationals with our Academy lads so quickly and effectively. Of course, none of this would have happened without Frank buying our club. The opposition to his takeover and Svennis's appointment from some Blue quarters in the summer has all but evaporated. As a result, I see a club and it's fans more together and focused than for a very long time.

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?
Well, money talks in the Murdoch ruled Premier League, we all know it, even if that is so hard to accept for so many of us long serving fans who have stayed the course. Realistically yes, of course Sven is here because of Frank's money. Yet he has also subscribed to the vision Frank sold him about City and refers to being "part of an exciting project." Both Sven and Frank's public commitment to the MCFC Academy have been warmly greeted by all Blues and the manager continues to put faith in our graduates. It's also worth noting that Frank and Sven spent less money on new players in the summer at City than Quinny's consortium and Royston Vasey Keane did at Sunderland...and don't get me started on The Glazers hedge company backed spending for Taggart and the rags!!
Finally, Sven exudes calm intelligence and cool authority, which has helped revitalise our club's worldwide public image.

How do you rate his signings so far?
In a couple of words, Elano = Excitingly Essential, Corluka = Comfortably Classy, Petrov = Potent Potential, Geovanni = Gobsmackingly Good, Garrido = Green Gravitas, Bojinov = Bursting Berserker, Bianchi = Battling Bigman, Fernandes = Future Fighter

Many Blues would like to see Geovanni and Bianchi get solid runs in the side. Bianchi won every header when he came on against Sunderland and Geovanni is a class act. Bojinov is an exciting prospect but was cruelly injured against the rags. Whether or not we see him play this winter is another story.

Will he need more in January - and will he get them?
Sven has earmarked a midfield hardman and I agree we need that bit of extra steel. At times we look a little lightweight. If Bianchi or Mpenza can get going we may not need a striker. I would also like to see a goalkeeper with proven Premier League experience between the sticks. Chelski's Cudicini would get my vote although for the hell of it, why not the great Buffon??!! Money does not appear to be an issue at this stage, but long may it continue to be sensibly used. However, we must spend if we are to realistically push for European competition. If we remain in the top six then players will be attracted to The Sven Revolution. - Via their sodding agents, of course.

Who is the City danger man that Pompey should watch?
Difficult to say in the Fratton Park cauldron. How will our new players react to the intensity your crowd can generate? If Elano gets free, then he can be lethal. Same goes for Petrov. Watch out for his left foot, it's got a rocket in it! I would like to see Micah Richards get a midfield run out this weekend, if fit. One of these days his powerful box-to-box runs will result in a goal.

How do you reckon City will go this season?
If we can stay relatively injury free right through until January with a gelled squad, then with signings to bolster the team, there is no reason why we cannot become an established force and go for Europe. Christmas and early January will see an intensive period of games and our relatively small squad will be tested to the limit.

What about Pompey?
Dare I say it, but for me Portsmouth have defied all expectations too. You now have the strength and backbone in your side to qualify for Europe.

If you could take any Pompey player from our squad and put him in yours, who would it be and why?
I would have Sylvain Distin's speed and athleticism back tomorrow and not just because he was once a Blue. David James would also have provided further strength to our defence. I especially like the look of Niko Kranjcar and his dangerous set pieces. Above all else, Pompey look to have a collective belief and a team spirit that City must match.

Go on - who is going to win, Pompey or Man City?
The pundits with far more experience than me are going with a closely fought narrow win for Pompey. So I say bollocks to that, and predict a hell raiser of a 3-4 er, 3-2er or a 4-3 er. - It could go either way and probably will...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday November 10 2007

Time: 8:00AM

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my answers are on vital city now, so to see what i rambled on about - if you have not already - click here...
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10/11/2007 00:25:00

petrov, the guy from the russian mafia, wil be a handle, but fear not, i dont see city getting a sniff in midfield. with all the strength and power we have packed in there
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10/11/2007 08:05:00

You never know with Sven! He may have a cunning plan...!
Johnny Baguette
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10/11/2007 08:26:00

I bet City followers can't believe their luck, how many sighed loudly when Sven was appointed but must now love the geezer?
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10/11/2007 09:31:00

i reckon that papa smurf is going to be a big miss for us tomorrow... but even so i do think we can and will win tbh.
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10/11/2007 09:36:00

good point merlin, altho tbh if he came to pompey - which he never will as we dont need him anyway! - i maybe would have been alittle unsure but i dont think that his record as a club manager can be doubted really can it...
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10/11/2007 09:41:00

i like sven, but doubted that he could turn citys fortunes around like he has done, but like Ive sed many a time. city are overrated
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10/11/2007 10:10:00

"sven...got the most out of a poor englan team." - something i have heard a couple of times over the past few weeks, and to some extent, i think it is true. its just that england should not be a poor side with the playors they have!
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10/11/2007 13:59:00

i agree that maybe england were not as good as we thought under sven but at the same time i still feel he could have got more out of them tbh - his negative tactics at times were unbelievable and my thinking is this costs us a 'golden' chance of winning a world cup and possibly a european championship in his time...
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10/11/2007 15:06:00

ahh, how can you say england are a poor team! the players we had at the world cup were second to none, and I hate the fact taht people say they cant gel, b ecause there all enhlish and that should mean they can communicate well, and, and ahhh! its england!
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10/11/2007 15:23:00

going into the world cup, i thought brazil would beat us in the final. if you read what i said, then you may have noticed the slight contradiction that sven got the most out of a poor side, but with good playors. that was delibaerate - we have the BEST playors in the world (maybe brazil might beat us there) - but if you dont pick the right playors for the squad, you cant have the best playors for the team. if you play 2 playors in the same position, then they would run into each other - and picking steven gerrard and frank lampard is dooing just that. i think i might write an article on it during the internatiool break, as i could go on for pages why the playors are good, but the team is not.
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10/11/2007 16:03:00

and geovanni was robbed from us, remember that!
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10/11/2007 17:16:00

Hello lads. Interesting stuff pompeycarpet and I'll be back to check out that article. In defence of Svennis, he did get England to qualify for major tournaments with regularity as well as reach the latter stages. He had a decent win rate for the national side too. But experienced strength in depth for an undoubtedly talented England squad was lacking. It still is. However, and Harry wouldn't like to hear this, I am with Michel Platini. Foreign player numbers should be restricted out on the park to improve home grown talent. The Scotland side is improving rapidly since foreign stars were slowly reduced up there. I would also further question the motivation and desire of England's multi millionaire stars to play through pain barriers and get stuck in. If we fail to qualify for Euro 2008 it will be nothing short of an unacceptable disgrace considering teh resources English football has, but that's probably something to do with my conspiracy theory regarding Murdoch and his New World Order directed campaign to see England's sporting future amongst other symbols of national pride shift into the sea! Come On City, by the way!
Johnny Baguette
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10/11/2007 18:43:00

well surely sven did a poor job, im sorry but If we had a manager, and english manager who was actually any good, Harry perhaps, your telling me he cant get the players to play like the force they can be??
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11/11/2007 08:16:00

Harry Redknapp, England manager? Why not? I don't see any other English managers around who are threatening to be successful. Right now he is the only English manager in the top six. If England fail to qualify this month it will be symptomatic of the direction our national game is headed in. The talent will not be there long term to compete with the likes of Brazil, Spain, France or Italy. Each of those countries has a wealth of homegrown talent playing regularly across all their top sides - Not long until the FA sack McClaren so if Harry keeps it up, you may lose him!!
Johnny Baguette
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11/11/2007 08:56:00

its not always the managers fault tho is it Gleamer, the players get away too easily - granted with sven and england it was mostly his fault as he wasnt playing the tactics right, was poor when it came to substitutions and when the pressure was on he didnt have a clue what to do... if ahead he would too quickly go 'negative' and this negativeness caused us to defend deeper and deeper until we got caught out, which we did almost everytime - then we had no answer to things as we had no attacking players left, well not enough... nope, 'arry isnt the 'yes man' the fa would want so that would rule him out, which im happy about tbh as i dont want us to lose him.
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11/11/2007 09:54:00

i dont want harry to be england manager, i doubt he would want to be either. Sam alodyce had a great time at bolton, but given a load of english playors at newcastle, he hasnt been able to replicate it so far - and anyway, we wold not play the sort of football i want to watch. alan pardew is a manager i respected at his wet ham days - untill he was given playors that were better than he was used to, and it all got out of his depth, and alan curbishley is not someone i rate at all. Arsne wenger in the past hinted that he might want to be england manager, but has recently changed his mind, saying it should be an englishman. jose mourinho would doubtless get us the trophies, but the style of football would be dull. the portugees coach (cant remember what he was called) from the world cup looked like a good international manager, as did jurgen klinsman, who i definatly wouldnt mind managing us. even lawrie sanches is quite a good international coach, although he might end up out of his depth. basicly, choosinga coach for the england team is bl*ddy hard, as everyone wants something different, and there no-one that can offer everything...although mcclaren does offer nothing for everything...
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11/11/2007 12:58:00


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