I predicted the CL favourites to get knocked out by Lyon. As soon as I saw the City starting XI I was sure I’d be right.
I was a seasoncard holder for 5 years but sacked it off last year with how much the prices rose. They appear to be more inclined with catering towards the modern football fans than the old guard. It’s irrelevant what country they’re from, if they have the money they’ll be treated like a lifelong fan.
I’m not here to discuss the Etihad and overall Premier League grounds’ atmospheres. Albeit, I have noticed that as the price of my seasoncard increased (about a £100 increase each year) the electricity died.
Couple seasons back when we beat Liverpool at home which eventually helped us win the title, that home atmosphere was the best I’d ever witnessed. Topping the QPR 3-2 game to win our first PL. The Hamburg home fixture in the UEFA cup is the only other that may rival that Etihad atmosphere when Liverpool came to town.
City have undoubtedly come a long way, you’d be foolish nowadays to not consider them a big club. They won’t be a huge club until they win the Champions League, which I’ll happily admit. Which is where we come to Pep.
I’m assuming we all watched the Barca/Bayern game? Ridiculous. Every Spanish journalist cries for the sacking of the board, as well as the criticism of the old guard.
Barca need a whole new set up to relive the Pep glory days, something the Catalonian is near to achieving in contemporary England.
Peps first season in Manchester was a shambles, poor placement in the league, but he did get rid of an abundance of deadwood.
Whilst the centurions was unbelievable and genuinely unprecedented, he’s often shown his naivity in Europe.
City lost to Lyon last night which knocked them out of the champions league. Before the game however; it’d be hard pressed to find a city fan that saw the lineup and didn’t think, what the hell is that about?
With perhaps the exception of Bayern, on paper, City are plausibly the best club side in the world. Most assumed we’d breeze past Lyon, but the unfamiliar formation felt like it cost us.
I often feel stupid and rudimentary upon questioning Guardiola’ss tactics, pragmatically thinking that he must know more than I do, a simplistic football fan.
Irregardless to that though, you see the blatant mishaps. I’ll never forget when Liverpool thumped us at their place in the CL, Pep crammed the midfield and we got overrun in our final third. Where are the adoptive most dangerous plays from? The wings, Salah and Mane, those two are the players that punished us most that game.
Looking back to that Liverpool first leg, the only area of the pitch in which we were clearly superior was midfield. Yet he removed KDB from his usual role in the hope we’d dominate – we didn’t.
The Lyon game was similar from my point of view but far simpler. Would it have sounded ludicrous if Pep simply played his best starting eleven, saying “we’re better than them, go show me.” Rather than adopting an alien style following on from the study of previous Lyon matches.
Josep Guardiola might be the best manager city have ever had, but does he sometimes overthink his tactics? Trust your players, trust the system you play for the majority of the 38 PL games, have the balls to manifest “we’re better than you when we play naturally” rather than trying to outwit them tactically.
It’s literally what Bayern did against Barca. You could see the German sides’ gameplay in a literal and metaphorical sense.
Simply put, Bayern said – “if you think you can beat us, come have a go.” Look what happened. Did Bayern change their defensive outlook upon facing the greatest ever footballer in Messi? No, they may have defended below par in comparison to a stereotypical stubborn German team, but they didn’t change their style. Despite their shaky chatraceristics at the back, they looked like they would score with every attack, they got 8 – which ain’t bad is it.
A week ago it was clear to see that the two best teams remaining in the CL were Bayern and City. Bayern backed their selves to come out on top which they did, City appeared far too intricate with their side – which appeared to cost them.
I don’t need to dive into transfer related numbers when comparing City and Lyon. It’s so simple, City should have won, Pep got it wrong.
The Catalonian may have taken City from an average club, clinging onto premier league survival as well as early 1900s glory days – but is it enough?
You’re a moron ifu don’t think City are a “big club” nowadays, though I think it’s as simple as City not being able to claim the “massive” club affliction because they constantly fail in the Champions league.
Pep has created history in English domestic football, but that often seems overshadowed with his frequent European shortcomings.