How many of the Sunderland players would make it into the Manchester City team? None. How many of the Manchester City players would make it into the Sunderland team? Exactly. Sunderland have spent most of the season clinging to dear Premier League life and trying their best to undo the work done by Paolo di Canio. City, by contrast, have spent the season swanning around the top of table, dreaming of more league glory and testing themselves against Europe’s elite elevens. On the way to this final, Manuel Pellegrini’s side kept four clean sheets while Gus Poyet’s boys managed just one, and that was against League One titans, Peterborough. Manchester City, meanwhile, scored 19 goals in process; Sunderland bagged a mere 13. With all of this in mind, they should just tie those blue and ribbons on the trophy and tell the engraver that the quicker he gets going, the quicker he can tuck into the free booze and food, right? Heck even Poyet said in his pre-match presser: … [Read more...] about Manchester City v Sunderland: Capital One Cup final – as it happened!
How are coventry city doing
Look up while you’re in Montpellier, and the city is all tawny limestone edifices and wrought-iron balconies, a beautiful and slightly mysterious medieval town. Look down, and it’s a shitshow. Since moving to the city, I’ve been shocked at the amount of dog poo on the pavements, squished into gratings, dolloped generously around trees, washed into a greasy bouillon by the rain. The city’s 26,000 dogs (10% of the human population is the general rule of thumb) produce around three tonnes of the good stuff a day, much of it scattered around awaiting a poorly aimed espadrille. … [Read more...] about Mind the merde: why can’t French cities clean up after their dogs?
Agüero missed a first-half penalty though this proved immaterial. “These things happen, I’m not on a good run with penalties but the important thing is we qualified and I will get another chance to make up for it soon,” he said. “I have scored a lot of goals but the important thing is to get through. … [Read more...] about Sergio Agüero says Manchester City don’t care who they get in semi-finals
48 min: Tevez knocks a pass out to Nasri on the left. He runs at McArthur and then wafts a cross into the stands. That kind of sums it up at the moment. It's hard to believe how poor City's star players have been, give or take a couple of threatening moments every so often. "Contrary to Peter McMurry, I'm enjoying the Fox commentary as pure comedy," says Justin Kavanagh. "Gus Johnson is clearly bewildered by Ian Wright's cockney lingo, innee? So far he's asked him what “leggy” means, what “dead legs” are, as well as a few awkward pauses when he's clearly trying to figure out what Wright has just said. It's a bit like Pygmalion in reverse. The boy Johnson could be in a righ' pickle in the second alf!" … [Read more...] about Manchester City v Wigan: FA Cup final – as it happened
Nasri echoed his manager's view. "We want to win everything. We are going to compete for the league, for the FA Cup and we are going to try to make something in the Champions League," said the Frenchman. "It is going to be difficult but, like I said, I hope this cup is going to bring confidence to the team and we will fight until the end. We are champions and we deserve our victory. It means a lot to our fans; I'm really happy. We are going to fight for the league, the FA Cup and the Champions League." … [Read more...] about Manuel Pellegrini warns Manchester City one trophy is not enough