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City No Match For Munich

Robben celebrates
Robben celebrates

The defending UEFA Champions League Champions proved too much for City at the Etihad Stadium. It took the Bavarians seven minutes to open the scoring much to the demise of Joe Hart.  Frank Ribery’s effort was powerful enough to beat the England international at his near post much to the demise of his teammates and the home support.

Thomas Muller extended the lead for Bayern ten minutes into the second half. Four minutes later and Arjen Robben was at it as he got a goal of his own beating Hart at his near post, once again the England international was at fault for another Bayern Goal.

Munich was showing their difference in class to the Citizens who were surely fearing that the scoreline could get a lot worse. Pep Guardiola’s men were in rampant fashion as they were clearly dominating the match with 66% of the possession. The tie ened 3-1 in favor of Guardiola’s men with Alvaro Negredo scoring a consolation in the 79th minute after entering the match as a substitute with a curling shot beating Manuel Neuer. The match wasn’t a complete success for Munich as Jerome Boateng was sent off for fouling and denying Yaya Toure a clear goal scoring opportunity. City couldn’t capitalize on the free-kick but came close enough as the resulting kick by David Silva struck the crossbar.

Pellegrini’s men will look to pull themselves together after a disappointing showing when they come up against undefeated Everton over the weekend in the English Premier League.

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Advantage City

The battle of Manchester and the biggest derby match between both United and City went to the blue side.

Manchester City took a big step towards winning their first Premier League title when they defeated neighbors Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium from a powerful Vincent Kompany header.

The Citizens wanted the match more and it showed as they were the better side on the day. United came out with a strategy which was a relatively defensive one as they played with the intention of earning a draw. This negative thinking proved to be a failure as they were continuously giving away corners and finally paid the price in the 1st minute of stoppage time in the first half.

Manchester City captain Vincent was allowed a free header and he gratefully accepted his gift to give his club a 1-0 lead going into halftime. After Plan A failed everyone expected to see some changes in the United lineup  but those changes never came until the 58th minute when Danny Welbeck replaced a seemingly useless Ji-Sung Park.

Regardless of the changes United made in the second half a goal was never on the cards for them as they never posed much of a threat on City’s goal, the City goalkeeper was barely called into any action during the entire match.

The most fight that was showed by anyone who were on the red side of Manchester came from Sir Alex Ferguson after the manager had to be separated from City manager Roberto Mancini on the sidelines.

After today’s victory the title is now in the hands of Manchester City as they only need to win their two remaining matches against Newcastle and QPR who is managed by their former manager Mark Hughes.

Super Mario/Stupid Mario

The list of idiotic decisions by Mario Balotelli continues to grow as he shows once again that he’s an embarrassment to the beautiful game of football with another ugly incident added to his career.

In City’s match against Tottenham Hotspur the Italian international should have been sent off for a stamping on the head of his opponent Scott Parker, referee on the day Howard Webb failed to to what should have been done and send the troubled star for an early shower.

Mario famously asked “Why Always Me?” after scoring the opening goal in City’s 6-1 win over hated rival Manchester United after being in trouble for starting a fire in a bathroom a few days earlier after a fireworks display went wrong. Continue reading Super Mario/Stupid Mario

Lehman: Boring, Boring City

For Arsenal and Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann never shy away from the opportunity to speak his mind and when given the opportunity to do so he had something to say about Roberto Mancini’s club.

“Man City play very, very boring football. “They just make their opponents fall asleep with lots of possession. But to be honest that is not tactically very demanding. The way they play here is the way any amateur team plays, only not on such good grass.

“They just pack men behind the ball, have five against two and just move the ball around. The goal then just comes from a fortunate circumstance.” Continue reading Lehman: Boring, Boring City

Where Is Manchester United?

After their 8-2 drubbing of Arsenal things were looking bright as the world of football heaped praise on the youth and vibrancy the team had, ever since then things have changed. At the moment Manchester United are a shadow of the team that started off the season so well and now looks like a team that will struggle in the nPower Championship.

It’s been months since fans have seen The Reds’ play the type of football they have displayed over the years. A huge dip in form has seen United struggle for results in all competitions, some may point to the loss of Tom Cleverly, but Manchester United is a team of players not just one individual. Continue reading Where Is Manchester United?

Noisy Neighbors Humiliate Manchester United

The noisy neighbors of Manchester United went to Old Trafford and embarrassed the defending champions 6-1 in one of the most disappointing performance you will ever see by a team coached by Sir Alex Ferguson. The Reds were dominating possession in the first 20 minutes of the match before things started to fall apart.

Mario Balotelli not only set his house on fire the day before the derby but the often troubled striker set Old Trafford a blaze aswell. Jonny Evans was sent off for the Reds in the 47th minute which made things a lot worse for his club, City took full advantage of this and added five second half goals with Balotelli scoring once again, goals from Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero & David Silva completed United’s heaviest home defeat since 1955.

Continue reading Noisy Neighbors Humiliate Manchester United

Balotelli: Stupid Is As Stupid Does

Just when you thought you have seen it all from Mario Balotelli he finds himself as the center of attention with another bone headed antic. The maturity level of Balotelli is lower than that of a 2nd grade kid, no matter what he does stupidity always seem to follow right behind him as if it’s his shadow.

A player with such promise and ability to become an exceptional player just keeps getting delayed by the things he does. Continue reading Balotelli: Stupid Is As Stupid Does

19: Are You Watching Merseyside?

Are you watching Merseyside?
Are you watching Merseyside?
Are you watching Merseyside?

Manchester United Are Champions For A 19th Time!

Many journalists had written United off to win the English Premier League title this season due to the lack of spending they did in the transfer market last summer and the amount of spending their title rivals did, some of them went as far as predicting that United would miss out on a top four finish all together. Only two new players were added to the squad for the upcoming 2010-11 season, the little know Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Chris Smalling.

Winning title 19 was always a dream of manager Sir Alex Ferguson who made it clear when he said: “My greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their fucking perch, And you can print that.”

This famous quote came to be when football analyst Alan Hansen said: “You don’t win anything with kids”  and considered getting a struggling Manchester United back in title as the greatest challenge of  Fergie’s career, United were six points behind leaders Arsenal who had won the league and finished ten points ahead of United.

Many trophies later and he’s done just that, knock Liverpool right off their fucking perch. Title 19 didn’t come easy as on a few occasions United had fell behind in some key matches and had to claw themselves back into the match to get a positive result. Matches against Stoke City, Aston Villa, Blackpool, City are games that all United fans will remember and question, what if? Those were some memorable matches and shall not be forgotten by any United fan who witnessed them via television, radio or internet.

The memories that have been taken from those matches are priceless, Chicharito’s backwards header and game winning goal against Stoke City, United’s comebacks against Aston Villa & Blackpool and Rooney’s outstanding bicycle kick against noisy neighbors City. The title race came down to the final matches of the season after months of battling with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea & Manchester City.

A two horse race between United and Arsenal slowly became three as both United and Arsenal were dropping points and outgoing champions Chelsea were taking advantage of this and eventually crept right back  into the race. United had all but squandered their lead completely and were just three points ahead of Chelsea with the Blues coming to Old Trafford the following weekend. United went on to win the match 2-1 despite some dodgy officiating by Howard Webb

There are a few players that deserve honorable mentions and played a huge part in helping Manchester United get this record achievement, Ryan Giggs, Edwin van Der Sar, Nani, Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Dimitar Berbatov & Antonio Valencia. While United were dealing with an out of form and sometimes injured Wayne Rooney it was Nani who was the driving force for United in many matches with his goals and assists.

While Manchester United fans all around the world are celebrating a triumphant 19th title Liverpool players past, present and their supporters are somewhere weeping as if their entire world has crumbled beneath their feet as their rivals rise above them in titles.