Johnson Reveals Mancini Talks

October 2, 2010 by · 4 Comments
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Adam Johnson has shrugged off criticism of his form and his hoping to start against his boyhood club Newcastle on Sunday.

The winger returned to the City line up and scored a well taken goal on Thursday night to cancel out Juventus’ tenth minute opener and was a constant threat to the Italians.

And Johnson has revealed he has held talks with City manager Bobby Mancini which have helped keep his City career going strong. “’I’ve had a chat with the manager and it’s between me and him what was said. I want to be playing in every game so hopefully I’ll start against Newcastle on Sunday tomorrow.”

The 23 year old became Mancini’s second January signing as City manager and the Italian has apparently told him he must provide a certain number of assists and goals this season and his goal against Juventus was his first in front of the home supporters.

Johnson’s form has been under the spotlight recently, leading some to believe he’d lost focus after goals in England’s World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and Switzerland, but the winger shrugs off the comments. “A lot has been made of it but it hasn’t affected me. I just get on with it, get my head down. It didn’t really faze me to be honest.”

Apart from paying £12,000 to go on a date with Katie Price which would be enough to disturb any sane manager, Mancini was apparently more concerned about other incidents and it has recently emerged that the winger was a target when Mancini stated there needed to be a ‘change of mentality.’

However, former City right back Danny Mills claims Johnson doesn’t have the full backing of Mancini. “Johnson is a fantastic player. He’s the only person in England who is a true winger,” says Mills, before adding “My only worry is he’s not a Mancini type player. I’m not sure Mancini likes him because he will take the odd risk, he will give the ball away and I think he may struggle to get a regular start which would be a massive shame.”

So Danny, if Johnson isn’t a Mancini type of player, why did the Italian sign him in January?

What do you think? Will Johnson be able to keep his feet on the ground? Is Danny Mills just the latest former player to have a dig at the club? Let us know your thoughts.

Special Team In Six Months, Says Bobby

September 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Roberto Mancini has said he is pleased with City’s progress but admits he needs another six months to mould his team.

The blues sit in fourth place in the Premiership after two straight wins over Wigan and Chelsea and face Juventus in the second round of the Europa League on Thursday. But Mancini says there is a lot of work to do before they can win some silverware.

“I think we can create a special team in six months. We must start winning consistently. That is important,” said the boss as he prepares his team for the home clash with the Italians, who Mancini says he supported as a child. “I was a huge fan for years when I was a child so I have great respect for the club and the players. It will be a special match as it is the first time I am coaching an English team against Juventus.”

Former Juve midfielder Patrick Vieira will be hoping for a game against his former club. The former Arsenal man, who arrived from Juve in January 2009 admits he is frustrated at his lack of opportunities in the first team. “It has been frustrating. Like everyone else I want to play more often and be more involved.”

But Vieira believes City are becoming the team to fear after beating both Chelsea and Liverpool already this season. “That just shows how strong we are. There is still a long way to go but we believe in ourselves. We know how good we are. Now we have to win games week in, week out.”

What do you think? Will Mancini have an accomplished team in six months? Let us know your thoughts.

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Newcastle Should Get Special Dispensation To Sign Given On Loan

September 20, 2010 by · 3 Comments
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With Shay Given not featuring in any of City’s opening eight games of the season, speculation is rife that the Irish keeper will leave the blues in the January transfer window with Newcastle a possible destination.

City boss Roberto Mancini has said that he will not stand in Given’s way should the keeper want to move, but with Toon keeper Steve Harper ruled out for three months, it is possible that Newcastle could make an early move for their former keeper.

It wouldn’t be surprising if they requested special dispensation form the FA to sign a keeper on an emergency basis in the same manner as they only have youngster Tim Krul to call upon.

How can we forget the uproar City caused when they asked the FA if they could sign an emergency keeper when Given and Taylor were both injured towards the end of last season and Joe Hart was on loan? So, in fairness, Newcastle should be allowed to sign Given on loan on such a basis, if they requested it.

Given, who joined the blues in January 2009 after spending 12 years at St James’ Park, lost his place in the starting line up for the visit to Spurs on the opening day of the season and is yet to feature and a loan move back to St James’ Park would probably suit him.

What do you think? Should Newcastle ask to sign Given on an emergency basis?

Ade In Bust Up Over Fake Injury?

September 19, 2010 by · 2 Comments
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The News of the World have reported City manager Roberto Mancini has been involved in a bust up striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

Emmanuel Adebayor challenges for the ball with Ovidiu Burca Manchester City 2010/11 Manchester City V FC Timisoara 26/08/10 UEFA Europa League Play-Off Round Second Leg Photo Robin Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

The Italian has apparently accused the Togolese striker of faking an injury before last weekend’s match at Blackburn and a club spokesman said there was a ‘minor’ disagreement about the timescale of his return from injury, but stated it had been resolved.

Adebayor was left out of the starting line up on the opening day of the season at Spurs and he reportedly wanted to confront Mancini at the time. The striker also missed City’s opening Europa League game a Salzburg through injury.

The striker is no stranger to controversy and attempted to engineer a move to AC Milan from Arsenal a couple of years ago before finally moving to Eastlands last summer. Last season he was suspended twice, once following his actions on Robin van Persie and secondly for being sent off at Stoke. Not forgetting the fact that he almost started a riot during the home game against Arsenal and his comments in the summer, when he claimed if an offer came in for him he would be off.

Ade is in the squad to face Wigan this afternoon as the blues seek to get their second win of the season at their struggling Lancashire neighbours.

What do you think? Is Ade becoming another troublemaker or is more being made of it than there is? Let us know your thoughts.

City Genuine Title Contenders

September 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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On the eve of City’s clash with Wigan, Latics boss Roberto Martinez has bulled up City’s chances of winning the Premier League by claiming the blues have the best squad in the Premier League.

Martinez refuses to write off City’s chances despite a stuttering start to the season with the blues having won just one out their first four games. “Chelsea have made a great start, but the season is not going to be decided in the first few months and Man City could easily join that title race.

They have that strength and talent in that squad. They played one game in the Europa League and all of a sudden David Silva is back – that is how quickly they can get top players back on form”, said the Wigan chief, who will engage in a battle of the Roberto’s on Sunday afternoon.

Wigan will be hoping to inflict another defeat on the blues in a game that City should be expected to win handsomely. A win could see City in fourth place on goal difference ahead of Spurs.

What do you think? Will City be involved in the title race? Will the blues win in Wigan tomorrow? Let us know your thoughts.

Good Luck Vlad

September 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Vladimir Weiss will return to Manchester tonight but in a Rangers shirt as the Scottish club take on United at Old Trafford.

The Slovakian winger is on loan at Ibrox and is looking forward to the game in Stretford tonight. “For me it is a special one because I am back in Manchester and playing against my biggest rivals so I hope all my City mates watch the game and we will try and get a good result,” said the tricky winger.

Despite being on the bench in the City squad, Weiss has never faced United at the highest level and is hopeful of making an appearance at Old Trafford. United are clear favourites for the game and the group but Weiss reckons the Gers could spring a surprise.

“Every game starts from 0-0. Obviously Man Utd are the favourites for the group, but anything can happen in football. I don’t think we will be scared, we will try to get at least a point, but I am the type that wants to win every game. Even at Old Trafford, we can get three points.”

The game at Old Trafford marks the return of Rangers fans to Manchester for the first time since violence erupted following the 2008 UEFA Cup final at Eastlands.

Will Weiss be the difference at Old Trafford? Will the Rangers fans behave themselves? Let us know your thoughts.

Given Set For Hart Break

September 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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City keeper Shay Given is set for more goalkeeping pain as City boss Roberto Mancini confirms Joe Hart will retain his place between the sticks.

Hart suffered an embarrassing incident against Blackburn after a communication problem between him and Kolo Toure allowed Rovers to take a first half lead at Eastlands on Saturday.

Mancini was rumoured to be ready to rest Hart for Thursday’s trip to Salzburg but the Italian said “we are involved in four competitions and I’m sure Shay will play in Europe at some point. But I will continue to play Joe on Thursday.”

The news will come as another blow to Given, who had hoped for the opportunity to impress Mancini and stake his claim to regain the number one spot.

What do you think? Should Shay be given a chance to impress Mancini or should Hart remain in goal?

Hart Takes Responsibility

September 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Keeper Joe Hart has taken responsibility for the blunder which led to Blackburn’s opening goal at Eastlands on Saturday.

The England number one said a lack of communication between himself and defender Kolo Toure was to blame as Nikola Kalinic tapped home for the game’s opening goal. “I got there and Kolo was about to head it. He heard me coming and left it.” Hart apologised for the error, stating he got in the way.

After the game, City boss Roberto Mancini refused to blame Hart for the error. “It was a strange goal. It can happen. Joe Hart is a good keeper.”

Hart began the season by displacing Shay Given as number one and justified his selection on the opening day by making a string of excellent saves to deny Spurs at White Hart Lane. He was also in fine form for England during their 4-0 win over Bulgaria and led to rumours that Given would be looking for a new club.

But the Irishman may get his chance to impress Mancini and stake his claim for a Premiership start on Thursday when the blues open their Europa League group campaign at Red Bull Salzburg.

City Obsessed Neville Prefers History Laden Liverpool To City

September 10, 2010 by · 2 Comments
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United defender Gary Neville has launched another attack at City, saying he prefers Liverpool to the blues.

The defender had a pop at City earlier this year when he said Carlos Tevez was not worth the money City paid for him but said he has more respect for Liverpool. “I have more respect for them as a club, in a sense of their tradition and their history, than I would do some of the other clubs that have been coming on the scene in the last few years, throwing a load of money at it.”

Neville continued by saying Liverpool have a good history and that they’ve been successful. Neville seems to love history as that’s what he’s going to be by the end of the season. He admits that this year may be his last and his best chance of playing will probably be in the League Cup and if he doesn’t perform, he will be gone.

Neville was caught on camera giving the finger to Carlos Tevez in the League Cup quarter final clash but the new City docu-film also shows Neville mouthing the words F*** You at Tevez following the City striker’s goal against his former club.

hat do you make of Neville’s words? If you’re one of the many United fans obsessed with trawling  City sites, what is your opinion on Neville’s comments? Do you prefer Liverpool over City?

Don’t forget to check back here at 9.ooam for our review of the City docu-film Blue Moon Rising.

Shut Up Robinho !

September 5, 2010 by · 16 Comments
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The king of Brazil Robinho, had a few parting comments for the people of Manchester and the Club as a whole.

Here are the reason Robinho failed in the premiership.

“Neither Hughes nor Mancini understood me,”

“Perhaps they only believed in the sporting side of things, but that wasn’t enough for me”.

“I am Brazilian and I can’t offer my best performance if I’m not happy in every aspect of life”.  (I love this one, so when  it rains Robinho  is not happy)

“That was my problem. I am a special footballer and I need to be happy when I’m playing. That was the case at Real Madrid but never at City. Perhaps I should never have left Real Madrid.”

If memory serves  me correctly did Robinho not cry and throw a hissy fit to be allowed leave Real Madrid ? The fact he refers to himself as special is a bit well, big headed? He brought up the Elano situation and was then going on about how the two of them are in the Brazilian team, who by the way were not well received in Brazil when they failed to bring home the World Cup. Its seems Robinho holds himself  in highest regard

Robinho proved again and again that could not cut it England or Spain the very place he should have never left or was that Brazil ? Robinho talks so much Crap its hard to keep up with what P.R. drama is coming this week. Santos was his preferred choice only two or three weeks ago.

To top if off Robinho who comes from Brazil, were poverty is widespread and people are forced to live in tin shacks in slums called Favela’s tells us,

“MANCHESTER IS AN AWFUL PLACE TO LIVE” ! (Must be great to be blinded by money)

Well in fairness that was down to the dark nights the rain fall and the cold weather in Manchester.

Does anyone think he checked the weather for Milan before he signed ? I think he may get a shock when its starts to rain and its cold in winter months ?

Robinho and his excuses don’t wash for me he will try his hardest this season for Milan followed by more of the same We has to witness at Eastlands. The Milan fans will have less time for him and his excuses wont wash there either.

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