City slickers plus Mario and Goat in the spotlight
- 25 November 2013 08:17
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
If it’s true you’re only as good as your last result, City are in fair shape this morning.
The rampant Blues turned in a superb performance against Tottenham yesterday but while we could include 20 or more glowing match reports, the truth is the game is consigned to history now and Plzen is next on the agenda.
Before we do move on, however, let’s have a few words from the Telegraph’s Henry Winter who, as ever succinctly sums up the 6-0 win over AVB’s men.
Writes Winter: “Tottenham Hotspur have kept the back door shut for most of the season but here Manchester City picked the lock deftly and then knocked the door off its hinges for good measure. This was brutal from City, abject from Spurs.
Tottenham conceded as many goals in these embarrassing 90 minutes as they had in their previous 990 this Premier League season. This was an afternoon of City, Poznans and Spurs post-mortems
“The score-line does not lie. City’s attacking was as quick, incisive and ruthless as Spurs’ defending was feeble. Jesús Navas started and ended the rout, Sandro conceded an own goal, Sergio Agüero poached a double, and Álvaro Negredo added another.
“’Feed the beast,’ the City fans sang, ‘and he will score’. And he scored a beauty: a brilliant turn and powerful finish.”
We move on…
Two snippets regarding former crowd favourites are worthy of mention today. First up, Mario Balotelli’s cryptic tweet has had journalists speculating exactly what the enigmatic ex-Blue meant.
Reuters report: “Mario Balotelli confounded his followers again on Sunday by tweeting "this is the end" hours after missing a penalty in AC Milan's 1-1 draw against Genoa.
“The maverick striker, who did not immediately enlarge on the message, tweeted in English at about 0500 local time on his account @finallymario.
“However, six hours later he sent out another tweet in Italian which read: ‘Forza Milan comunque e sempre.’ ('Go on Milan, no matter how and forever').
“The Gazzetta dello Sport speculated that Balotelli could have been referring to a possible transfer in the January window or that he was hinting that Milan's beleaguered coach Massimiliano Allegri could face the sack.
“Balotelli, who saw his kick saved by Mattia Perin in the 36th minute against Genoa with the score at 1-1, famously wore a T-shirt with the words ‘Why always me?’ during his days with Manchester City, which were marked by a series of controversies and confusions.”
Good old Mario – life’s never dull!
From Finally Mario, to our final story of the day and it could see a sensational former City dream team entering management - if everything falls into place.
The MEN’s Stuart Brennan takes up the story: “Joe Royle is set for a dramatic return to football ... as Shaun Goater's number two. The former Blues boss will be assistant to his former striker, if the Bermudian gets the manager's job at Bury.
“MEN Sport revealed last week that the Goat - as he's known affectionately by Blues fans - applied for the Shakers post before the decision was made to stick with Ronnie Jepson on a caretaker basis until January.
“Goater is now believed to be amongst the favourites to get the vacant manager's job at Scunthorpe.”
Big Joe and Goat? If it happens, chances are that the club they are eventually employed by will end up being one of the first results City fans look for, along with Paul Dickov’s Doncaster and Uwe Rosler’s Brentford.
Blues are here, Blues are there… as the song goes.