Uwe Rosler’s Grandad Mk XXXV

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  1. The Rags already look a much better side than last year, chiefly for 2 reasons – 1. Lukaku 2. Matic
    The rugged Lukaku should get a bagful this season against the weaker teams. The mere substitution of Lollipop Bonce for Matic has stablised the midfield and given the defence time to organise itself. It has also permitted Mata to have more of a say in proceedings. Matic in midfield has allowed Jones to rehabilitate himself. The absence of The Appalling Smalling has also helped. I rate Trafford as a serious threat.
    That said, Wham were woejous. No 20, playing in front of Zabs gave him no help at all. And the midfield lacked craft and, Noble apart, energy.

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  2. berkozboy: I find myself in the “Yaay” camp Calgers whereas Junior is firmly in the “Meh” camp. So as a comprehensive focus group of expert opinion makers we seem to support your assertion.

    I remain

    Berko

    I’m not in the “meh!” camp. Ore of a ‘qualified yay’. Sometimes KDB soils his stats by sloppy passing or by failing to pick up the return ball in a One-two. Most of the time, though, I love his energy and his eye for a killer ball. Happy to have him in there and, for the record, he’s in my Sunday Times League Fanta team.

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  3. Just seen your latest and agree with all you write Berko

    I’ve just put the phone down. Like me, Winty is an early starter but unlike me the poor boy is suffering. He is still convalescing, no repercussions from the gall bladder op but miserable from the ongoing problems following the full prostate job. I will not recount the details; who needs to know all about adult incontinence pads unless and until the need is pressing or you find the subject absorbing (if you’ll excuse the puns).

    To cut to the chase (for a change) his view is that Maureen is only two players short of a side that can be genuine contenders for the last 4 of the CL and should be favourites for the PL. He evidences their defence and brushed away my pooh pooh’s by pointing out that last evening was not his best back four; Lindeloff and Rojo when fit will start ahead of Bind and Jones , whilst Darmian, Smalling and Shaw all offer backup.

    He maintains that in Matic and Pogba he has the ideal balance of strength, passing ability and pace in covering midfield in Pogba and the dependable reliability of in Matic, who breaks up attacking play better than most. Together he has a high quality model Maureen defensive back six and the league’s best keeper and, in line with his philosophy, which is to have a quality player in reserve for every first choice player starting, his cover for all of these positions is better than adequate with DMF cover from Herrera, Carrick and Fellatio.

    We agree that Mikhitaryan is likely to be a hole card for them, carrying out the Xavi role for them and providing ammunition for the front three to fire. Winty has Mata and Pereira down as the cover for Mikhitaryan and sees a front three of pace on the wings from Rashford and Martial and goals from Lukaku. His view on where this falls short is in the front three where Maureen only has Lingard and Young as backup and expects Maureen to bring in another striker and winger before the window closes is his masters will let him.

    I think I preferred Winty when he wasn’t feeling so miserable!

    Alph

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  4. alphonso: You’d also expect Conte to sort out Sibneft too, but look what happened to Maureen; it doesn’t seem to be a happy ship.

    Alph

    It’s Karmic really given their conduct against us away last term. In that one they got away with it at our expense. This time they were on the receiving end. It seems that Conte sends his men out as tightly wound as possible. It promotes uncompromising aggression which when channeled correctly makes them compact and cohesive and collectively in your face.. Combine this with the technical flair that they possess and the results can be devastating. However it is a fine line as was shown at the weekend and it only requires a less sympathetic, unintimidated ref, looking to impose himself on a game and the whole thing falls apart. He may indeed sort things out but their squad is also thin and there are 60 odd games in front of them. How could they allow such a key player as Matic to go and strengthen one of their main opponents? This is why it has always been hard to see Sanchez coming to us.

    I remain

    Berko

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  5. Calgary Blue:
    I can’t decide whether t’ammers were just awful or the rags just that good. I think a bit of the first but mostly the second. Maureen has got them playing with pace and direction and they’re not arsing about. It’s way too early in the season to make serious judgement but they sure looked like they mean business today.

    I agree with your assessment Calgers.The ‘ammers didn’t come to shut up shop and offered some threat if not a lot. It was a typical Maureen team performance, the defence defended, his man Matic (why did Sibneft sell him to them) took away any pressure likely to fall on their back four. Pogba stared to look worth two thirds of what they paid for him and the guile of Mata, pace of Rashford and pace/strength of Lukaku, an archetypal Maureen striker, made up the package.

    Game on!

    By the way, I never did post Winty’s selections.

    1. rags
    2. City
    3.Spuds
    4. Sibneft
    5.Arse
    6. Pool

    He is not sentimental when it comes to punting. Mind you, he’s never very successful either Smile

    It will be interesting to see the standings afte 10 games. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the rags top at that stage but when you look at their bench and ours I still fancy us over 38 games if our defence hold up. You’d also expect Conte to sort out Sibneft too, but look what happened to Maureen; it doesn’t seem to be a happy ship.

    Alph

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  6. Calgary Blue: I can’t decide whether t’ammers were just awful or the rags just that good

    Poor Joe and Zaba. They are in for a long season. T’ammers have nothing and could well find themselves in some bother this term. They are not a good enough holding side as we saw when they played us and have so little cohesion going forwards. They missed Antonio, Lanzini and Carroll who would at least have enabled them to link the back to the front and without them it was simply a 90 minute rearguard action. Against that sort of opponent it is hard to judge Stockport. Similar to their tactics against us t’ammers just gifted them the first two thirds and sat back. It could have been 0-3 at HT. On the limited evidence available I’d say @the Ladies’ will be more competitive this term but are still missing some magic in the middle that someone like Eriksen, Hazard or Merlin offers. Top 4 is likely but any injuries to their preferred XI and they may struggle.

    I remain

    Berko

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  7. I can’t decide whether t’ammers were just awful or the rags just that good. I think a bit of the first but mostly the second. Maureen has got them playing with pace and direction and they’re not arsing about. It’s way too early in the season to make serious judgement but they sure looked like they mean business today.

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  8. Calgary Blue:

    Hoping Zaba and Joe can thwart the rags this PM. Will be interesting to see how the toon fare now they’re back in the big leagues.

    Sh*t – Hart lets in 4 goals.
    The ‘gushing ‘ has started. – Robbie Savage is ‘creaming’ himself. on BBC Sport………..TOTL……with
    GD of 4.

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  9. Calgary Blue: Val – I think KDB often divides opinions. For some he could win us the game and save a penalty but he would still be “Meh”. For others as long as he’s on the team sheet, it’s a bonus.

    I find myself in the “Yaay” camp Calgers whereas Junior is firmly in the “Meh” camp. So as a comprehensive focus group of expert opinion makers we seem to support your assertion.

    I remain

    Berko

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  10. Very pleased with yesterday’s results and also the fact that we didn’t concede although to be fair, Brighton clearly set up for a ‘they shall not pass’ siege and offered very little going forward. It was too bad that Gabby’s goal was disallowed and to some extent you could see why but I thought the yellow card a little harsh. Kun’s glaring miss in the first 45, had it gone the other way could have led to a bit of an onslaught but hey ho, we got the goal and they gifted us one and that was that. I liked the new boys and think both FB’s are going to do a job for us esp Walker. I thought he really looked good.

    Valentino Azzurro: Afterwars everyone (the other 3 City fans in Mulligan’s pub) was gushing about KDB. Personally, I didn’t think it was one of his better performances

    Val – I think KDB often divides opinions. For some he could win us the game and save a penalty but he would still be “Meh”. For others as long as he’s on the team sheet, it’s a bonus. I would say I’m in the latter camp and really like his energy. His passing can be poor at times but he seems just as likely to deliver a killer ball just like he did for Gabby in the disallowed goal incident.

    Good results for us in other games too. I thought Arse were lucky and so were the dippers. Sibneft look in disarray. Conte has a job on his hands now and with red card bans, their star Belgie still injured and Costa who knows where, they will need to get their house in order quickly if they are going to defend their title.

    Hoping Zaba and Joe can thwart the rags this PM. Will be interesting to see how the toon fare now they’re back in the big leagues.

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  11. berkozboy: Not seen any of the opening game yet but Berko Jnr has suggested that it was a mistake to play without the width of Sane and Sterling against a side that was intent on sitting back 78% of the time. He adds that this tactic will be successful against footballing sides that want to play but will be less effective in congested final thirds.

    Sound reasoning. Chrissie Hughton, a very nice man, incidentally, sensibly went for a 6-3-1-0 formation that, without the pace of Sane and Rahim, was always going to be hard to break down. No panic, though. In the end pressure told, a killer ball from Merlin and a clinical finish from Kun did the rest. When The Seagulls attacked our defence did well to cope, albeit with one slight flap from Eddie Morris and 3 errant passes, two from Stones, 1 from Vinnie that ceded possession. POFTB worked very well, except Fernie does not quite look as naturally comfortable in the role as Yaya. Afterwars everyone (the other 3 City fans in Mulligan’s pub) was gushing about KDB. Personally, I didn’t think it was one of his better performances. Anyhow, onwards and upwards, in another day of crap defending from rivals. Pool, in particular, looked awful. Chelski show was heartening with Cahill and Fabrenasty now missing for 3 games. Luiz should have joined them for giving the ref constant grief. Mind you, Morata looks an excellent buy.

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  12. Valentino Azzurro: As in “there’ll be dancing in the streets of Maccabi tonight”?

    I think that this now qualifies the lad to say that he is the most famous sporting export from Netanya ever. As my new home town I can say with certainty that he has very modest competition. This mainly comes from Sol and Fanny Kirschenbaum who gained an unexpected Bronze in the Central and Eastern European Rummikub Finals (Mixed Doubles Over 70s) in 1994 but, of course that was the year of the American boycott. It would be wrong ignore the claims of Evgeniy Karamazov who was a resident of Netanya and coached his brother Viktor who was a reasonable fencer, although technically he came from Ramat Gan.

    Not seen any of the opening game yet but Berko Jnr has suggested that it was a mistake to play without the width of Sane and Sterling against a side that was intent on sitting back 78% of the time. He adds that this tactic will be successful against footballing sides that want to play but will be less effective in congested final thirds. More comments when a more informed judgement can be made.

    I remain

    Berko

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  13. alphonso: In other news, “Wily” can bost Maccabi Netanya as his former club!

    As in “there’ll be dancing in the streets of Maccabi tonight”?

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  14. berkozboy: in targeting second tier French and Belgian journeymen to augment an already mediocre player cadre for modest fees and assured re-sale values the ownership were cynically manipulating the revenue structures for promotion and relegation for commercial gain off the pitch rather than sporting attainment on it.”

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    After a very rude rejoinder from the man of Toonish leanings I am sorely tempted to cut and paste that Berko Smile

    You rarely cease to inspire Cool

    In other news, “Wily” can bost Maccabi Netanya as his former club!

    Alph

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  15. If this new Nigerian makes it with City his nickname has surely got to be ‘Wily’

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  16. Hope you’ll excuse me, guys, for ducking out of the sidebet. I sent cheques off only a few weeks ago to my regularly favoured charities (of which , incidentally, MacMillan is one – because they were a huge help to Blooders). I’m also contributing to a couple of one-offs – in particular my fried Dee Laffan who is going part-way up Everest to raise money for MS, which she has. I am charitied up to my oxters at the minute.
    Predictions? 1 City 2 Spuds 3 Sibneft 4 Nited 5 Arse 6 Dippers

    Watched both games so far. Bored to death with all the errors, give me a technically pristine 0-0 any day. Defensively, Liverpool, Arsenal, Leicester all shite. Watford worse. If Pep has put together a decent defence and drilled them well we ought to walk this league. Only ‘typical City’ and a few stringent and blatantly-biased rule changes/bans/bad penalty decisions etc will prevent us.
    “What? Conspiracy theorist, moi?”

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  17. alphonso: Newcastle have the earned and gained benefit of the huge revenue of the PL, they are to be congratulated for that and their fans should realise that it isn’t City’s fault that their ownership choose not to invest adequately.

    A very gentle and diplomatic tone Alph whereas others may have added that ” in targeting second tier French and Belgian journeymen to augment an already mediocre player cadre for modest fees and assured re-sale values the ownership were cynically manipulating the revenue structures for promotion and relegation for commercial gain off the pitch rather than sporting attainment on it.”

    Allowing some of the most loyal and passionate fans in football to believe that they had a chance of watching a competitive side with a serious chance of sustaining PL status is the real crime here.

    Here’s hoping for a meteoric launch out of the traps today and a solid 3 points.

    I remain

    Berko

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  18. It seems that CIty have signed a 24 year old Nigerian forward and are sending him immediately to Girona. He was allegedly a target of Benny the Barcode and Toons are gnashing their dentures in dismay at yet another example of how City are ruining World Football.

    I read this in a fairly innocuous HITC article this morning. There was one comment at the time, bemoaning the fact that CIty has screwed to Toons and raising the old “limit these loan deals” and suggesting that the buying in of players simply to sell on such as the dealings with Aaron Mooy were unfair on everyone else.

    I sometimes respond to comments, occasionally in article length when in the mood.It’s been a bit quiet on Izzett during this phony war period so I wrote on HITC rather than here as follows:
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    City are gradually reaching the level where they will regularly compete with the best in Europe and there will always be begrudgers who will seek to level the playing field by the promotion of restrictive rules rather than their own efforts on and off the pitch. I’ m not suggesting that Goalseeker is such a person but I am responding to the content of his post.
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    How was it not fair to Aaron Mooy? He was a promising player down under, brought to England by City, loaned to Huddersfield for a season, and now he is a Premier League player. Huddersfield have paid City £8m for him and consider that they have a bargain and City have made a tidy profit having taken the risk, assessed the player for a season whilst on loan, and decided that he would not establish himself in the City 1st team plans.

    City are giving players who are languishing in lesser leagues in overseas countries a great opportunity to ply their skills in more competitive environment and make better careers for themselves; the clubs borrowing the players are contributing development to players they otherwise would have no knowledge of or access to. City are taking financial risk and in cases like that of Mooy and Unal, are making a profit. When they make a loss nobody complains.

    The young players who go out on loan from clubs like Chelsea and City are Academy products who reach the later stages of their youth development and, because of the ineptitude of the FA, find no “B” League opportunity, such as enjoyed by Barca, Real Madrid and the rest of la Liga, for these young players to bridge the gap between the end of Youth Competition and First Team “Mans” football.

    Resultant on this City have arrangements with Girona in La Liga, NAC Breda in Eredivisie, as well as ownershipof NY City FC, Melbourne City FC, Club Atletico Torque in Uruguay and agreements with several other clubs in Europe.

    Newcastle have the earned and gained benefit of the huge revenue of the PL, they are to be congratulated for that and their fans should realise that it isn’t City’s fault that their ownership choose not to invest adequately.

    City have shrewd owners who have invested hugely in the club by means of extending and improving the ground, developing state of the art Academy, Fitness and Training facilities, and with a very substantial initial investment into playing staff to make the 1st team squad competitive. All of this has been done with investment and without borrowings. The investment in the squad in the more recent years has all been funded by the club’s revenue which is now amongst the top 5 in world football, assisted in no small way by the success of their highly competent commercial development team.

    Alph

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  19. You never know with Peppers but the team seems topick itself for this first game. Mendy and Gundog are not yet fit, Bernardo’s match fitness must be questionable, so it will probably be:

    …………………Edenson
    ……Kompany…Stones…Otamendi
    ……………………Yaya
    ..Walker…DeBruyne…Merlin……Danilo
    ……………….Jesus…Aguero

    Bench: Bravo, Adarabioyo, Fernandinho, Foden, Bernardo, Sane, Sterling

    I’ve slipped Foden in but wouldn’t be surprised to see Mangala or even Delph on the bench.

    When Bernardo is fully fit it wouldn’t surprise me if we dont go 3151 if the goals are not flowing with 2 up front.

    Lots of options to hit a tiring side in the last 20 with Sterlng and Sane on the bench. Maybe Sane gets the start ahead of Danilo? He did OK on his debut at LWB and Albion don’t have pacy wingers.
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    Talksh!te’s panelwriters have been giving their opinion of who will be the 2017/18 young player of the year. Four have gone for Jesus, one each for Sane, Lookman and Winks.

    If Gabby stays fit they could be right, even a stopped clock is right twice a day (as my old Auntie Dee was wont to mutter.

    Alph

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  20. This piece from the pen of Andy Edgeworth is worth a read:

    On a sunny day in August back in 2012, City lined up against Chelsea in the Community Shield at Villa Park, complete with new maroon away kit, the gold badges proudly displayed on their arms.

    What followed was one of the more memorable encounters in this fixture in the past few years. Moved to Birmingham as it clashed with the London Olympics, the fixture was the first chance for Roberto Mancini’s charges to exert their dominance on a title rival with Roberto Di Matteo at the helm.

    The surprise (other than Costel Pantilimon starting) in the starting line-up for City was that City lined up in an unfamiliar 3-5-2 formation with Kompany partnered by Zabaleta and new signing Stefan Savic with Aleks Kolorov & James Milner at wing back.

    City played well and won the match 3-2 (with some small thanks to Ivanovic’s red card for a horrific tackle on his fellow countryman Kolorov who he then had to share a taxi to the airport with straight after the game to go on Serbian international duty together).

    That was as good as it got sadly for City as things fell apart at the seams for Mancini as the defence of the title was mired with player fall-out and a pathetic performance in the FA Cup final against Wigan resulted in him getting the sack.

    The formation would not be seen again.

    Fast forward five years and City under Guardiola played the formation regularly. Despite losing to Chelsea last season City played well in a 3-5-2 but it did not last. It proved the undoing of many players who failed to grasp what Pep wanted and it proved costly.

    The difference a couple of wing backs could make to this, however, is incredible. Throughout pre-season City have played 3-5-2. With the new personnel, it has notable benefits.

    Firstly with proper wing backs in Danilo, Walker & Mendy the pressure starts higher up the pitch. This frees up space in the centre of the park where attacks can start much more quickly as we have seen to great effect in pre-season.

    As well as freeing up the more creative players like Silva & De Bruyne it allows the front three to interchange more frequently and in positions a lot closer to goal.

    An interesting twist to this has been the constant interchanging at the base of midfield between John Stones and Yaya Toure. As well as both being very adept at long passes it confuses the opposition’s forward line leaving them disjointed and often covering too much of one area of the pitch leaving space to be exploited.

    It also seems to have improved the centre backs as individuals with Stones at the centre and Ottamendi on the left. The latter will always be prone to diving in and being caught out of position but in a three it actually gives him a smaller space to mark which means his game management has seemingly improved as a result.

    All this seemingly points City to where Guardiola wants them to be and as Chelsea showed last season, the formation, when perfected, can be very hard to combat.

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    Alph

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  21. alphonso: After more than half a century a City fan, for me this is all about waking up and finding it’s not a dream.
    Ends

    Alph

    What he said!!

    I remain

    Berko

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  22. A response to a generally supportive article (elsewhere) indicating that City still had some problems.

    Quote: “His [Guardiola's] side did not make a mark in any of the cup competitions [last season].”

    Mm – City beaten at Wembley in the Semi Final of the FAC by a wrong decision of a linesman to disallow a legal goal; that’s football, no moans now the disappointment has faded, but it qualifies as “making a mark.”

    Re: “Aguero-Jesus conundrum”

    A potential of 60 games this coming season, neither can play all of them and in many games PG will choose to play both. Less a conundrum than a need for another striker. Relying on Raheem Sterling to carry that role in a game is a leap too far at this level!

    Every time a glaring problem is solved (GK and FB’s e.g.) the next (if lesser) problem comes into focus. So now another striker, a fourth experienced CH and DMF would be nice. Mbappe would be cool!

    We can’t have it all, not at once anyway. We can point out that last season we had 4 ageing FB’s but we also brought in Stones, Sane and Jesus. What would the latter two cost this season even supposing their clubs would sell or RM/Barca wouldn’t smile nicely and take them from under our noses?

    I am content; if more quality arrives I will be even more content; but then I am a suvivor of the good old days of Jason van Blerk, Jamie Pollock, Lee Badbuy, Ball, Clark, Psycho, and a lot worse than that in the decades before and since, but now purged from my consciousness Pain

    I think City will come out on top in the PL this coming season and maybe win a cup or two, but it won’t be a given. There are 5 opponents at least who will have similar expectation, but whatever the outcome I am settling back to enjoy the journey. After more than half a century a City fan, for me this is all about waking up and finding it’s not a dream.
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    Alph

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  23. alphonso: How does this sound Berko.

    Get Berko Jr’s predictions and post them .If he wins you can pay his winnings to McM for him

    After all parents never stop being parents do they

    Alph

    Seemingly not Alph.

    Here’s the relevant punditry-

    1. City
    2. Stockport Ladies
    3. Sibneft
    4. Spurs
    5. Arse
    6. Dippers.

    Just as a scene setter I was able to complete this task so promptly as our PJ’d programmer occupies the Dark Net domain also known as the spare bedroom. From there he earns ridiculous sums from unseen clients on foreign shores doing computer things without having to ever remove his jammies or have a shave. The Angelic Miss B is asleep in the next room along having completed her shift as the Night Manager at some unspeakable Tel Aviv facility with the word “boutique” in its description and 108 TripAdvisor reviews that would put the guestbook at Belsen to shame. The Berko pooch is lying on his back alongside me allowing the cool flow from the aircon unit to waft his nether regions and in a short while I may join him. Mrs B simply looks on with unrestricted pride at her admirable brood.

    I remain

    Berko

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  24. Calgary Blue: I always thought Berko Jnr to be a wise and intelligent man

    These qualities often skip a generation Calgers, you could well be right.
    I wonder if Berko Jr’s Grandpa was a wise and intelligent man?
    LOL

    Alph

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