Saturday, 1 October 2011

A one-man team...

What a week it's been for MCFC. After the best part of a year of  having to put up with Tevez's to-ing and fro-ing, it seems like it's finally nearing an end. First of all, let me start by saying I for one am very grateful to him. He may be regarded by a mercenary, and I'd probably not disagree, but he's a brilliant player and put in some world-class performances for us. In the 2009/2010 season we'd definitely not have finished as high as we did without Carlos Tevez.

It must be said though, that he has no-one to blame but himself. As the first name on the teamsheet and our top starter, he could've been a city legend. Of course it isn't pleasant to see a player of his quality on the bench, but we've moved on. He was given countless chances by Mancini, and was forgiven by the majority of City fans despite causing unrest and media speculation in what would prove to be a vital season for us.

But what next? As was proved today, the 'one-man team' tag is long gone. While in some ways it was great to have a player of Tevez's consistency and graft, the best teams have several players who know where the net is - today, we showed that. We also seem to play as much more of a team and have a sense of togetherness that we perhaps lacked when he was the captain.

With Kompany as captain and a future strikeforce of Dzeko, Aguero and Balotelli, the Tevez fiasco should be a blessing in disguise - While it's a shame to see it end like this, It's time for a new chapter at Manchester City Football Club.

Thanks for the memories, Tevez. 

Sunday, 18 September 2011

140 characters just wasn't enough...

Okay, I feel I needed an outlet to express my opinions on today's game. Twitter's character limit isn't exactly favourable and I could do without seeing the meltdown which is most probably taking place on several city forums right now.

This is Manchester City. As a fan since birth, I for one am not used to seeing us make starts to the season like that, but at the same time, this club will always carry the "typical" tag. Whether we like it or not, there will always be times where we wonder how we managed to mess it up, or how much of a difference X performance was from Y performance one week ago. It was a bad day at the office, nothing more.

That said, there are clearly improvements to be made. I think everyone can acknowledge who our main title rivals this season are. United have that ability to kill off games without getting complacent, even against the weakest opposition. That's what we lack, for now. Another clear fault today was the substitutions. While I can see Mancini's reasoning behind them, they were bizzarre to say the least, especially considering that there was just a one goal margin. At that point in the game, I feel it would've been best to go for the third goal to well and truly kill off the game, not bring on defensive options.

All things considered, I think we should just be grateful that the mistakes today were so clear to see. Of course going on to draw after leading 2-0 is frustrating, but we will make mistakes along the way. What's important is that Mancini & the team learn from those mistakes, and that we as fans remain patient.

In Mancini we trust. CTID.