Manchester City 17/18 discussion

Discussion in 'Football Forum' started by simonhch, May 27, 2017.

  1. Jun 14, 2017

    RedPed Full Member

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    Dismissing the Europa League trophy as if it's 'beneath' us. It is what it is and I for one was over the moon when we won it. The way some people talk it's just title/top 4 or bust. I haven't even said Champions League because some people just seem to be more intent on getting in it rather than actually winning the thing (Arsenal).

    We won the League Cup and Europa League trophy last season but if we hadn't qualified for the Champions League, our season would have been deemed a 'failure'. We are a top 6 now in the Premier League and there is probably a top 10 in Europe....all vying for two trophies. Unless you're expecting us to win both every year we will 'fail' more often than not.

    Winning the EFL Cup and Europa League was not enough so I repeat...why not just bin the lot?
  2. Jun 14, 2017

    Chesterlestreet Man of the crowd

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    Christ, this again.

    I don't understand why it's so hard for people to grasp that the Europa League isn't comparable to either of the TWO tournaments it has, essentially, replaced.

    The frequently spouted “it's the one tournament we've never won” argument never made any sense. We never won the UEFA Cup. And we never will. Because it doesn't exist anymore.

    The single point to winning the EL for a team of our stature is – obviously – to qualify for the CL. And you don't have to worry about that if you finish high enough in the table.

    I was very happy we won the EL, and thus qualified for the CL (which happens to be important for all sorts of reasons), but I refuse to regard that “trophy” as anything but what it is. The Europa League isn't a proper competition. It's a means to an end for a club like United.
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    RedPed Full Member

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    Beginning to sound like an Arsenal fan! But this is the City thread so moving on...
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    Chesterlestreet Man of the crowd

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    Yeah, let's move on, by all means.

    But, seriously, there are two extremes here: Treating a high league finish as a “trophy” (which would be Arsenal style, I suppose) on the one hand – and counting bollocks trophies as “success” on the other hand (which would be anything but United style, if you ask me).
  5. Jun 14, 2017

    Snow Somewhere down the lane, a licky boom boom down

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    So City are going to play West Ham in a friendly in Reykjavik in their last game before the season. The City spokespeople are saying that they want to break the attendance record (little over 20k) that was set when we beat Italy 2-0 in 2004.

    A few reasons why they won't do that.
    • Cheapest ticket is 50 pounds.
    • They say that the country is football mad (true) and especially for the PL (also true) but West Ham probably have more fans than City here so it won't be a stadium "filled" with the teams fans.
    • August 4th is the start of the biggest traveling weekend in Iceland. Half of Reykjavík will be driving out of town that day, no one is coming into town.
    So it's going to be funny that there won't be that many fans at the stadium but also sad because that means no other team will probably want to come here because of it.
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    Chesterlestreet Man of the crowd

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    City's players will feel right at home, then.
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    Snow Somewhere down the lane, a licky boom boom down

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    There won't be many City fans. But those that are City fans have been so before they got bought out (unless they're 12).
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    It's maybe not surprising that the Berties are paranoid about United.

    This from the Brighton local paper's Twitter feed:[​IMG]

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  9. Jun 23, 2017

    VanGaalEra Full Member

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    Say hello to City new RB

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    Robbie Boy Full Member

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    So Nolito has joined Seville. He was an utterly pointless signing...
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    Hello.
  12. Jul 17, 2017

    robinamicrowave Full Member

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    Lol @ these Aguero to Chelsea links. Pep, Khaldoon and Aguero himself have all said we're not selling, he scored 33 goals last season and will continue to be our first choice striker for the next 12 months at least - what else needs to happen for journalists to give up thinking we'll sell him?
  13. Jul 17, 2017

    Gentleman Jim It's absolutely amazing!

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    I'm not ruling it out.
    He would have to make it his decision, though.
    He saved his City career by becoming a harder worker off the ball while continuing to bang in the goals at the end of last season but I'm convinced that the club are looking beyond him and would like a nice juicy fee rather than just waving goodbye to a 30 year old with 0/1 years left on his contract in a year or two's time.
    We're looking at Sanchez, M'bappe and would be interested should Neymar look to move.
    Sergio is in the last couple of years of his time at City, it's just the fine details of his departure that are yet to be settled.
  14. Jul 20, 2017 at 22:44

    AltiUn likes playing with swords after fantasies

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  15. Jul 20, 2017 at 22:59

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    We should be all over him. Spurs would be a good place for him to move to.
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    AltiUn likes playing with swords after fantasies

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    Agreed, bet we'd have an easier time persuading him to stay in Manchester, we also have a fairly clear path to the first team, Lingard, Rashford, potentially Pereira all could be consistent starters this season, that surely has to turn his head a little (not to mention TFM/Pogba/Tuanzebe are all academy graduates too).
  17. Jul 21, 2017 at 20:45

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    Really hope the Sancho rumors are untrue but at the same time, he's not near good enough for our first team yet so what does he expect.

    Looks like we're stumping up £50m more for Mendy... Clubs know we're desperate for fullbacks and we're paying through the nose for them. Txiki has cost himself alot the Sheik's money by letting us get into this situation. £100m on 2 fullbacks... No excuses if this deal goes through, its Premiership or CL or walk for Pep I think.
  18. Jul 22, 2017 at 00:39

    robinamicrowave Full Member

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    Fee finally agreed for Mendy according to L'Equipe. £50m.
    If we manage to acquire the bracketed targets we'll still be a little short. A cheaper winger might be in order if Sanchez does indeed go to PSG.
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    duffer Sensible and not a complete jerk like most oppo's

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    Big question marks over the central defence and goalie in my opinion.
  20. Jul 22, 2017 at 07:10

    Utd heap Full Member

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    Is that not 99% of peoples opinions?

    It should be anyway.
  21. Jul 22, 2017 at 11:00

    Manchester Dan Full Member

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    Big question marks over the goalie because he's new and you haven't seen him yet, or because you've watched him and don't rate him?

    CB I agree with, I'd really like us to sign another CB, more so than a DM. Kompany, Stones and Otamendi relies far too much on Kompany's fitness.
  22. Jul 22, 2017 at 11:29

    duffer Sensible and not a complete jerk like most oppo's

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    Another City fan on here said Bravo and the new chap will both be competing for the first team spot. I thought Bravo was pretty cack last season and as for the new chap, I've not seem him but he's 22 and coming from another league (he might be the most expensive goalie ever but I think that warrants "question marks" over him).
  23. Jul 22, 2017 at 12:33

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    Caballero is very average but still infinitely better than the Hologram. You really have to question Pep's sanity shipping Caballero out & keeping Bravo. If Ederson starts badly where do they go from there. It's highly likely they will be shopping for their 3rd keeper in 3 seasons. Makes you appreciate how lucky we are to have 2 special keepers at the club.
  24. Jul 22, 2017 at 12:35

    Cassidy Not to be confused with Cassady the Liverpool fan

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    He is a good keeper, however coming from a different league as we saw with De Gea can be difficult at the start. He is talented though, long term he will be a good signing.
  25. Jul 22, 2017 at 12:45

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    By my calculations if City get Mendy and Danilo at the prices quoted, as looks likely, that will take Pep's spending in upfront transfer fees alone to just a smidge under £400m in two seasons. That average around £36m for every outfield position.

    That is before you consider the potential full cost of some of these transfers with add-ons

    Really are no excuses for Pep now next season. I predict one of two things will happen, either City win the title or City flop into 3rd/4th again and Pep walks
  26. Jul 22, 2017 at 12:52

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    They have sorted the full back position. Now they just need a CB and a midfielder.
  27. Jul 22, 2017 at 12:58

    Varun Full Member

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    They won't fire him and I don't think he'l quit yet. He'll be there till next season regardless.
  28. Jul 22, 2017 at 12:59

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    If he doesn't win, I think he'll walk. When they went through that difficult period this season he started losing his marbles, can't imagine the pressure after basically buying a whole new star eleven and failing.
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    I don't think they will fire him either but he seemed a little mentally fragile at times last season. Imagine if they don't improve after getting exactly what he wants in every position this summer?
  30. Jul 22, 2017 at 13:01

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    But no matter how many players Jose buys and how much he spends I'm sure you'll still be coming up with excuses for him.
  31. Jul 22, 2017 at 13:02

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    They will buy another offensive player, just because they can
  32. Jul 22, 2017 at 13:02

    Varun Full Member

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    He seemed a bit rattled I felt and the way they're going in the market, he wants to be doubly sure he's got everything he needs and more. I can't see them flopping this season so it'll either be a title or something close in which case I'd expect him to spend a tonne again and give it another go.

    One thing's for sure, I'm glad all the shite about him not being a spender and rather improving what he had blah blah blah has been put to rest. :D
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    :lol:
  34. Jul 22, 2017 at 13:04

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    Mendy is an excellent signing at first glance, but I think walker will perform better out of the two this season.
  35. Jul 22, 2017 at 13:06

    Manchester Dan Full Member

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    So you've basically predicted City will either win the title or finish in the top four. Way to put your neck on the line!

    I agree it's a lot of money, but one thing it has done is built a side of players that will hopefully perform for the next 3/4 years at the top level. We probably now have the best set of younger talent in the league by far, which should HOPEFULLY mean less need to spend in the future, with focus on 1-2 instead of 4-5. Our squad was in dire need of being refreshed, and it's starting to look young again.

    Pep signings over £10m:
    Ederson (23)
    Mendy (23)
    Walker (27)
    Silva (22)
    Luiz (19)
    Stones (23)
    Jesus (20)
    Sane (21)
    Gundogan (26)
    Bravo (34)
    Nolito (30) - Sold
  36. Jul 22, 2017 at 13:06

    Santi_Mesut_Alexis_87 Full Member

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    Play with a 2-3-5? :D
  37. Jul 22, 2017 at 13:11

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    Once again, I get the feeling Kompany will likely be their most important player again next season.

    IF he's fit and at his best, I would expect them to win the title, as he'll hold that defence together both with brilliant individual play and instilling confidence in those around him like Stones and Ederson - and probably cut-out a lot of mistakes from both as a result - and Walker and Mendy - who'll feel more comfortable getting forward where they really excel.

    That said, we all know he won't be fit though, which leaves their defence somewhat suspect still. Stones still can't defend, Otamendi has been so-so, Mendy is great going forward but if City are under the cosh defensively he could find himself targeted, Walker is only a decent defender aswell and Ederson is a bit of an unknown going in to a bit of a pressure-cooker situation following on from the calamitous Claudio Bravo.

    I personally don't hold great hope that those 4 defenders are going to become a solid unit all of a sudden and I would expect some mistakes from the GK. If that's the case, all those attacking players they have are going to have to be on spot-on week-in, week-out because they'll probably need 3 goals most weeks.
  38. Jul 22, 2017 at 13:22

    Arbitrium Full Member

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    Kompany might just be one of the most overrated defenders I've ever seen.
  39. Jul 22, 2017 at 13:27

    Manchester Dan Full Member

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    Kompany does have that kind of impact on the City side, but it's as much a discredit to Stones and Otamendi as a credit to him. That said, for me when fit he's still the best defender in this league.
  40. Jul 22, 2017 at 13:29

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    I agree he's overrated but he does have a big impact on the City side.