Could Man City’s short lived spell as the “better” Manchester team finally over? With only three wins in their last 11 games it isn’t that far fetched. Their last 11 games includes three draws and five embarrassing losses. Losses including ones to a Championship team, Premier League relegation battlers and a terrible performance against Liverpool which saw them register only a single shot on target.
Knocked out of the FA Cup by Middlesbrough, a George Boyd stunner at the weekend to end their title hopes (and possible top four ambitions) and next up is a daunting trip to the Nou Camp. Could it BE any worse?
Manchester City have gotten 10 points from their last six Premier League games. That’s the same as Crystal Palace, Stoke and Swansea. It is one more than Hull, but worryingly, it is a weaker point haul than any of the big sides with Liverpool, Arsenal, United and Chelsea leading the way.
Tactically inept and now with added under-performing players like Kompany, who was last season’s rock of defence. He was left out of the 2-0 win against Leicester after being involved in the losses to Liverpool and Barcelona, but his return to the starting line-up against Burnley brought yet another City loss.
All of this coupled with the disappointing transfers in the summer and more recently Wilfried Bony in January leaves us thinking – “Manuel Pellegrini? More like Manuel from Fawlty Towers”.
Expert analyst and holder of eight league titles for the red team of Manchester, Gary Neville has said City have gone stale in the last few months. I think he’s been a bit diplomatic there. City have gone from quadruple spoofers challengers, to hoping that they’ll qualify for next season’s Champions League. At this rate they’ll be lucky if they make the Europa League.
Pellegrini is managing City in the way a spiteful kid would add a new manager in Football Manager just to see their rivals fail. Actually, I take back what I said earlier about Pellegrini – To lose to Middlesbrough and Burnley, and to need a 90th minute goal to rescue a point against Hull takes a special kind of talent. He’s even turned goal machine Wilfried Bony into the next Torres for Christ’s sake.
Now with Barcelona coming up on Wednesday night, City are in danger of being on the wrong end of a rout. Barcelona have 16 wins in their last 17 games. That includes wins against Atletico and Bilbao, as well as the 2-1 win against City, which could easily have been more had Messi not tucked away his penalty.
Say what you want, but the stats don’t lie and they are predicting are rough night ahead for the Citizens. Barcelona have got 16 goals in their last six games and City are beyond terrible in the Champions League. Go ahead, look up Manchester City in the Champions League thesaurus and you’ll see the words atrocious, horrendous and useless.
Yaya Toure, whom most City fans will agree is probably their best player, has been involved in more Champions League losses with City than with Barcelona. But wait! He played more games with Barcelona. A 60% win rate with Barcelona over 27 games, compared to a 32% win rate over 22 games with City. Not exactly impressive is it?
So I’m left thinking “Is there any other word would you use apart from spoofers to describe City in the big boy league?”
The only teams that have managed to over throw Barcelona in the Champions League have been Chelsea and United – two of the better teams in England right now. You can’t see Pellegrini masterminding a 2-0 win against Barcelona, and especially when they are in the midst of a crisis.
With City’s Abu Dhabi’s owners demanding back to back titles and Champions League success, you can’t really see Pellegrini surviving. He’s managed to achieve the complete opposite of what was required: no trophies, a limp league performance and whimpering out of Europe.
Now I may or may not be a Red Devil who’s tired of reading about United doing poorly. I also may or may not be enjoying City’s recent lack of form… Or maybe I am! Take that Manchester City goose out of the oven because they are done!
Feel free to comment below, and here’s to United overtaking City in the league – Cheers!