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I was reading about the De Bruyne injury this morning, and inside my head I thought, "Just need Vardy to get an injury now and the title is ours!"

And bloody hell, Vardy is out to have a hernia operation.

Does anyone have any requests that they want me to bring to life, I seem to have the gift!
 

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City are stacked in the attacking positions with Silva, Foden, Mahrez and even Sterling, who can all play that role to decent effect.
 

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I've never quite got the "Not wishing injury on anyone" stuff. Don't get me wrong I understand it with career ending ones etc but an injured hamstring and not playing for a few weeks isn't the end of the world, pretty happy it's happened myself. Increases our chances or pushing ahead of them massively he's by far their most important player.

Agree with others re Bruno he does need resting, ideal chance is probably the Sheff Utd game, we have a decent run of fixtures in Feb with Europa League and few of the relegation candidates (Newcastle, West Brom, Chelsea) but that's still a way off.
I see what you did there:angel:
 

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They should have enough up top to get by without him, even without him you'd expect them to win all their fixtures before the Derby bar Anfield (possibly including on current form). If you're hoping for any minor injury to derail City you should be looking at Ruben Dias, he's been a VVD level gamechanger for them.
 

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Managed to beat villa with De Bruyne off the field and thanks to their strength in depth they'll win the majority of their games if not all in the next 4 to 6 weeks. Leicester on the other hand will struggle without Vardy
 

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depends how quickly he can come back, some nasty games coming up

West Brom away
Sheffield home and then
Burnley away
Liverpool away
Spurs home
Arsenal away 21/02
If City draw one and lose one from those 6 games (13 out of 18 points), then I think I would take that, anymore and it's a bonus and United must take advantage of that! City did basically win the league without KDB 2 seasons ago, so while he would be a big miss, IMO they have enough firepower to win majority of the games while he is out.

I'm very interested to see how they cope with their best player out and with less rotation options.
 

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Managed to beat villa with De Bruyne off the field and thanks to their strength in depth they'll win the majority of their games if not all in the next 4 to 6 weeks. Leicester on the other hand will struggle without Vardy
Theyre struggling to break low blocks down as it is.
 

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I was reading about the De Bruyne injury this morning, and inside my head I thought, "Just need Vardy to get an injury now and the title is ours!"

And bloody hell, Vardy is out to have a hernia operation.

Does anyone have any requests that they want me to bring to life, I seem to have the gift!

You able to keep Ruben Dis out for a while mate? I think if he was to also be out for 4-6 weeks like KDB is now then that would be huge for the title race!
 

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Big loss for City. I've got a feeling that West Brom could cause them problems in their next league game.

KDB will also miss the Anfield game.
 

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First 3 matches are easy 3 points while the next 3 might be tricky without KDB
 

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First 3 matches are easy 3 points while the next 3 might be tricky without KDB
I can see them get a possibly 12-13 points of 18 available in the next 6 games. Which wouldn’t be too bad without KdB. I mean there are some potential tricky fixtures there. Especially rounds 23-25.
 

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Big loss for City. I've got a feeling that West Brom could cause them problems in their next league game.

KDB will also miss the Anfield game.
It may see us wanting Liverpool to win that game by the time it comes around which is nuts

I think kdb won't be missed for the first few games, the issue occurs when they don't have him and a striker like Aguero as well
 

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It may see us wanting Liverpool to win that game by the time it comes around which is nuts

I think kdb won't be missed for the first few games, the issue occurs when they don't have him and a striker like Aguero as well
Aguero has covid.
 

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They're not dropping points until the end of the season with or without him.
 

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If City draw one and lose one from those 6 games (13 out of 18 points), then I think I would take that, anymore and it's a bonus and United must take advantage of that! City did basically win the league without KDB 2 seasons ago, so while he would be a big miss, IMO they have enough firepower to win majority of the games while he is out.

I'm very interested to see how they cope with their best player out and with less rotation options.
Absolutely a strong team still but back then they had aguero for the season and I don’t think they’ve got adequate cover for him either
 

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I can see them get a possibly 12-13 points of 18 available in the next 6 games. Which wouldn’t be too bad without KdB. I mean there are some potential tricky fixtures there. Especially rounds 23-25.
I don’t think you can knock burnely after they gave us a hard time and Liverpool obviously
 

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I don’t think you can knock burnely after they gave us a hard time and Liverpool obviously
Burnley can’t be underestimated of course. City have some really tricky fixtures coming up but I expect them to win most of them anyway. But let’s see. The title race is on surely.
 

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Fantastic player. He’s so good that people are not even impressed when he creates two goals in a UCL quarterfinal, while also gifting an open goal to Foden and generally being better than everyone else on the pitch.
 

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Why do city’s good players go there and then never leave!
Insane amounts of money, good chance at trophies every season, and now there's the best manager in the world managing there as well. As a player, what more could you want really?
 

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Insane amounts of money, good chance at trophies every season, and now there's the best manager in the world managing there as well. As a player, what more could you want really?
Maybe now yes but you couldn’t say that in 2013 or whatever when they kept hold of aguerro for a decade or silva or Kompany or any of the other important players
 

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To join Barca or Madrid usually. Probably helps that they’re both a bit crap at the moment though.
Is Barca or Madrid really enough of a step up to justify the tremendous amount of uphill battling they'd have to do to convince us to sell?
 

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Maybe now yes but you couldn’t say that in 2013 or whatever when they kept hold of aguerro for a decade or silva or Kompany or any of the other important players
I think, with no evidence whatsoever to back this up, that in the early stages players like Aguero etc would have been paid a lot more than would have been reported.

Also, they seem to have lucked out in terms of the personalities of players they got. Aguero, Silva etc never really seemed like problematic personalities or players that would have agitated to go elsewhere. Yaya was and he was frozen out and eventually left after some time. Sane, for example, was one of the best wingers in the league but he left after a relatively short period of time. I think it's a mix of the money, and getting lucky with the right set of players.
 

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I think, with no evidence whatsoever to back this up, that in the early stages players like Aguero etc would have been paid a lot more than would have been reported.

Also, they seem to have lucked out in terms of the personalities of players they got. Aguero, Silva etc never really seemed like problematic personalities or players that would have agitated to go elsewhere. Yaya was and he was frozen out and eventually left after some time. Sane, for example, was one of the best wingers in the league but he left after a relatively short period of time. I think it's a mix of the money, and getting lucky with the right set of players.
Good points about the characters, city have recruited well it seems on the important players. I would have loved de bruyne or aguerro here, not so much Silva although he was class.
 

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I think, with no evidence whatsoever to back this up, that in the early stages players like Aguero etc would have been paid a lot more than would have been reported.

Also, they seem to have lucked out in terms of the personalities of players they got. Aguero, Silva etc never really seemed like problematic personalities or players that would have agitated to go elsewhere. Yaya was and he was frozen out and eventually left after some time. Sane, for example, was one of the best wingers in the league but he left after a relatively short period of time. I think it's a mix of the money, and getting lucky with the right set of players.
I don't think it's luck, have you seen how much effort goes into recruiting a player and the levels they go down too?
 

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I think, with no evidence whatsoever to back this up, that in the early stages players like Aguero etc would have been paid a lot more than would have been reported.

Also, they seem to have lucked out in terms of the personalities of players they got. Aguero, Silva etc never really seemed like problematic personalities or players that would have agitated to go elsewhere. Yaya was and he was frozen out and eventually left after some time. Sane, for example, was one of the best wingers in the league but he left after a relatively short period of time. I think it's a mix of the money, and getting lucky with the right set of players.
Is that luck or good management?

I think City have some of the sharpest minds in football running things. We recruit players with good temperaments on purpose. It's a huge part of the scouting process for us.