On Saturday Manchester City lost at West Ham (cue a cheeky text from José Moanio to Fat Sam to express his thanks). In midweek City were comfortably beating CSKA 2-0 only to throw it away and gain only 1 point. The English PL champions have now slumped to third in the league and their European qualification for the knockout stage is in some doubt.
So what are the City fans saying? (At this stage I fully expect a rush of abusive comments from City trolls along the lines of “mind your business…”)
I used to quite like City. After all they were the good side of Manchester (or the least worst side…) Mancs don’t like Londoners and the feeling is generally mutual. But they did give us the Buzzcocks and The Fall so I’m not hating anyone too much J
They also play football like it should be played, with real attacking verve and power. And I’m a big fan of Aguero and Kompany. However, the arrival of the oil money makes the Pale Blues harder to like, even if their rise at the expense of United is amusing to watch.
But let’s face it, most of us want to see them fall flat on their face except when they play the Chavs, United or Middlesex.
Bitter & blue is a City blog and they posted a balanced view of the Moscow game. It was a ‘frustrating’ draw but the author recognized that there is still a way to go and wasn’t that critical of his (or her) team: “we’re still well in this” they wrote. “We could easily go into matchday 6 at Roma trailing by 2 points. It won’t be easy, but all we can ask for at this point is to still have a shot going into the final day.”
Which is true of course, City are more than capable of turning over anybody (except perhaps Real Madrid).
So I explored the comments section – which is where the AAA lurk on Untold. What sort of things were Blue fans saying there?
There was a really good thread after the post, sensible comments, very little if any infighting but general agreement that there is still some doubt about the manager. This comment, which was near the end perhaps sums up the mood of commentators to bitter & blue on this occasion:
‘Pellegrini is without doubt a good manager. But he has to show he is not afraid to make big decisions when things aren’t going right. I may be wrong, but I get the impression he is set in his ways – his insistence on always playing two strikers, his reluctance to push Toure up when the big man is clearly not carrying out the defensive duties of a central MF – come to mind. MP is a nice guy, but is he ruthless enough? Is he tactically nimble enough? Big questions that need to be answered.’
There was also plenty of criticism (early on, when the frustration levels were highest) of the referee. No suggestion that he was biased, just that he made plenty of bad decisions. It was mentioned that this had happened before. Blame the ref, a familiar theme for football fans.
There was some criticism of certain players, and a little general criticism of the team’s mentality as a whole. At 2-0 they eased off, contrast that with Bayern who battered Roma 6-0. This is something I’d level at Arsenal too. The need to be utterly ruthless.
As for the defeat to the Hammers the match report was fairly neutral, not overly critical, concentrating on facts and player ratings. No real evidence of AMCMC* there.
Unsurprisingly the critics were waiting in the comments section. ‘In my humble opinion, Pellers is a stubborn manager whose 4 – 4 -2 obsession has blinded him to the reality and that would lead to his downfall. Unless he embraces tactical flexibility of coaches like Murinho, City would not even make the top 4’, moaned one poster. Others were quick to say he was exaggerating.
There was plenty of discussion of the formation played (we do this too) but one voice said it was down to confidence: ‘I think everyone will agree that we’re playing poorly overall and without imagination. We’re fragile as a team and are overly dependent on individual performances from one or two stars to carry us. When those stars have a bad day or bad luck, we suffer.’
This was only one blog but it seems City fans grumble like we do (despite the success they have had recently), they criticize the manager, the players and the referees. It’s all very normal really but (on this blog anyway) they seem to remain civil with each other.
After the recent games we have played I’ve seen comments that mildly criticism AW or individual players shot down in flames as evidence of AAA behavior. I’ve also seen people slate the manager, club or players in quite irrational (AAA) terms. It is possible for me to love Arsenal but be unhappy about things. Are we saying there is no space to say so on Untold?
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