It may be game over, now City should go all-out for the Champions League

IF YOU believe the misguided narrative, Pep Guardiola and Barcelona won the UEFA Champions League every season. Those that know, know differently. Pep has not won the competition for eight years, nine if he fails to do so this season. After Manchester City were soundly beaten by Liverpool at Anfield, Guardiola and his entourage may just decide to concentrate fully on lifting that enormous and … Continue reading It may be game over, now City should go all-out for the Champions League

The script has been drafted – Liverpool will [probably] win the title

FIVE POINTS is a substantial gap after five games, in fact it is, apparently, a record margin at this fledgling stage of the season. Such was the miniscule gap between Manchester City and Liverpool last season, Norwich City’s 3-2 win over Pep Guardiola’s treble winners that it may well be considered as one of the decisive moments of the title race. In an age when … Continue reading The script has been drafted – Liverpool will [probably] win the title

Perhaps only technology can unseat City

RIGHT now, Manchester City must feel that the rest of the football world is against them, that the establishment has decided the only way to stop Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering team is to use technology to depose them. And the establishment is London, Tottenham, the FA and the media. Twice VAR has upset City against Spurs and although the result didn’t prove fatal (yet), the ruled-out … Continue reading Perhaps only technology can unseat City

Football Media Watch: City PR battle may be a sign of change in China

MANCHESTER CITY, the club that turned almost everything they touched to gold last term, may not look back on their pre-season trip to China with too much relish. For some reason, the Chinese state-run news agency, Xinhua, felt moved to accuse the club of showing disrespect to local fans as well as discrimination to the Chinese media. Interestingly, criticism of City comes at a time … Continue reading Football Media Watch: City PR battle may be a sign of change in China

Why we shouldn’t yearn for the ultimate team

MANCHESTER CITY are worthy champions, make no mistake. Inevitably, whenever any team is crowned as the nation’s best, comparisons are made with past winners and the new masters of the universe are duly benchmarked. It’s happening at the moment, with some journalists pronouncing the start of a dynastic period of domination, others pointing out the shortcomings of Pep Guardiola’s team of all stars. Some are … Continue reading Why we shouldn’t yearn for the ultimate team

Football Media Watch: Prime time drama

THE Champions League quarter-finals continued to offer high drama and intrigue, with everyone’s favourite villain, Cristiano Ronaldo, providing the finishing touch to Real Madrid’s 4-3 aggregate win over gallant Juventus. Add to that the shock collapse of Barca and Liverpool’s win at Manchester City, the competition lived up to its reputation with a set of compelling last eight encounters. Only Bayern’s dull 0-0 draw with … Continue reading Football Media Watch: Prime time drama

Football Media Watch: Liverpool have got City’s number

NOTWITHSTANDING the possibility that an inner city ambush may have unsettled Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League victory is being heralded as the arrival of a team that can be compared to the club’s great sides of the past. Ex-Liverpool player, Mark Lawrenson, described his old club’s performance on the BBC site: “The way they played before the break was a signature display … Continue reading Football Media Watch: Liverpool have got City’s number

A new game, a new throne for Girona

IN THOSE now sepia days of the 1960s and 1970s, Girona was renowned for being the airport that fed the Costa Brava with thousands of pale-skinned tourists heading for places like Lloret de Mar. The Spanish resort would also play host to football teams having a summer break and clubs like Chelsea and Liverpool took advantage of the free and easy atmosphere of these holiday … Continue reading A new game, a new throne for Girona