12 City games in 6 weeks

Between all the Christmas preparations at home, a hectic period at work, and rather a lot of football fixtures in the last 6 weeks, I have got further behind with my blog than ever before. So to summarise City’s games in this time:

1. City 4 – 2 Viktoria Plzen (UCL)
Watched on TV. An enjoyable match, a nice win, but still our defence worries me. Happily, however, we’re now through to the knock-out stages for the first time 🙂
MCFC 90-Second highlights here

2. City 3 – 0 Swansea
Watched on TV. Brilliant end-to-end game and a great team performance from City. Pleased for Nasri getting a couple of goals as he’s been outstanding this season. Just a shame he couldn’t convert Dzeko’s unselfish pass in to a hat trick.
MCFC 60-Second highlights here / MCFC Extended highlights here

3. West Brom 2 – 3 City
Followed Twitter updates so can’t comment much. A valuable away win.
MCFC 60-Second highlights here / MCFC Extended highlights here

4. Southampton 1 – 1 City
Listened to on BBC Radio Manchester. Southampton have been getting some great results and we were not at our best at all. The home team should have had 3 points, but I’ll take a lucky point on the road.
MCFC 60-Second highlights here / MCFC Extended highlights here

5. Bayern München 2 – 3 City (UCL)
Watched on TV. Amazing game! Although no-one really felt we’d top the group, we came within a whisker (Pellegrini’s maths aside 😉 ) and ensured that other teams in the competition will be wary of us. I don’t expect us to get passed the next game – two at the outside, but each year we’ve been in the competition we’ve learned and grown and that’s good enough for me. As it turned out, the draw put us up against Barca! WHAT a mouthwatering fixture IF we play at our best.
MCFC highlights here

6. City 6 – 3 Arsenal
Attended live. This was unbelievable and I still couldn’t quite believe it even after the whistle went. I did laugh at City fans singing “Are you Tottenham in disguise?” 😀 That said, it wasn’t as comfortable as the scoreline suggests and it was an end-to-end game.
MCFC Short highlights here / MCFC Extended highlights here

7. Leicester City 1 – 3 City (League Cup)
Watched on TV. A pretty comfortable win this one, and nice to see Dzeko scoring a couple. This put us through to the semi finals against West Ham; the other being Sunderland and ManUre. I’m not as convinced as some seem that we’ll be in the final so will take it one game at a time.
MCFC 60-Second highlights here / MCFC Extended highlights here

8. Fulham 2 – 4 City
Watched on TV. I did feel for Kompany scoring an own goal to equalise for Fulham but it was very bizarre! At times we looked very comfortable, but at others it was all a bit clueless, and mainly at the back. That said, a nice result and 3 points away from home.
MCFC 60-Second highlights here / MCFC Extended highlights here

9. City 2 – 1 Liverpool
Attended live. I was nervous about this one and as it turned out, they gave us a hard game at home and were the best opponents to come here this season. It was a thrilling game and well worth all the extra driving over Christmas 🙂
MCFC 60-Second highlights here / MCFC Extended highlights here

10. City 1 – 0 Crystal Palace
Attended live – with mum 🙂 It seemed a pretty dull game at the time but the TV highlights make it look much better! It was really great to use a friend’s seats at pitch level, near the halfway line just a few rows back so we could sit together, but I did miss my usual view as I get a good overview of the whole field of play. Palace did well to stifle our game and they looked dangerous a couple of times so were slightly unlucky to lose, but then again, had done well to stop us scoring again too.
MCFC 60-Second highlights here / MCFC Extended highlights here

11. Swansea 2 – 3 City
Watched 80 minutes on TV before going out for the afternoon for our usual feast and fun at a friend’s. It had been 1-3 when I left which was somewhat flattering to us I felt, and I had a feeling Swansea were good for another goal. I was just glad it wasn’t more!
MCFC 60-Second highlights here / MCFC Extended highlights here

12. Blackburn 1 – 1 City (FA Cup)
I watched this one on TV and felt relieved to get the draw in the end. Towards the end of the first half I felt our quality began to tell despite a good performance from the home team, but we proceeded, after scoring, to do what we often do – huff and puff with no real chance of making the house fall down. A fair result and I fancy our chances in the replay, being at home. There’s much whinging about now having an extra fixture to play but I can’t be doing with that moan. Firstly because the club had arranged a meaningless friendly in the UAE for that week, so can’t be bothered by an extra game. Secondly because, as I have always said, if you’re serious about competing in all competitions, and if you have the funds at your disposal, you make sure you have enough players to allow for rotation. The extra money you earn from progress in each competition should be sent on making your squad deep enough. The only clubs that can get away with this excuse of too many games are those “smaller” ones who have unexpectedly progressed in a competition – and even then, it’s up to them to decide their priorities. So, in short – there’s nothing to moan about so sit back and enjoy the ride!
MCFC’s 60-Second highlights here / MCFC’s Extended highlights here

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