Spurs v Manchester City - 7.45pm Sat 14th Apr 2018 - Premier League Preview and Match Day Thread | Vital Forums

Spurs v Manchester City - 7.45pm Sat 14th Apr 2018 - Premier League Preview and Match Day Thread


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Pep and his deflated squad return to Wembley on Saturday with the memory of their last visit to the stadium which delivered his first trophy as City’s coach now consigned to memory as they strive to recover from what has been a crushing week.

The heroes in sky blue really do have feet of clay.

After setting new records & scaling heights of footballing standards which had confounded the sceptics, Blues fans might have been forgiven for believing that ‘Typical City’ had finally been consigned to history. Their weak second half performance in the derby saw the ghost of ‘Typical City’ break out from the basement dungeon to which we thought it had been safely confined and thoroughly trample over the hopes and dreams of Blues fans as they witnessed an historic opportunity slip from their grasp.

That result was compounded by the club’s exit from the Champions League on Tuesday evening.

When Pep Guardiola was introduced to the City faithful in July 2016 and told them to “fasten your seatbelts” I’m pretty sure none of us were expecting them to be required to deal with such a rapid deceleration as we have experienced in the past 10 days. In fact the reduction in speed has been so severe and unexpected that their will be many City fans shaking their heads and wondering whether they could make a compensation claim for whiplash injuries.

From zooming along in the outside lane with the engine often in ‘comfort mode’ and two cylinders switched off the conserve fuel, the City Express has found itself in fairly short order shunted over to the nearside lane and with the passengers starting to feel a bit queasy as the fuel in the tank starts to run dry and the engine begins to falter.

Mauricio Pochettino and his players must be straining at the leash, eager to feed on the fresh meat of City’s bruised confidence and an apparent ‘glass jaw’ represented by the recently developed tendency to concede goals in batches.

Doubtless ‘Arry “I scored that” Kane will claim any goal that Spurs might score solely by virtue of being on the pitch. Rightly so he has taken some massive stick off everyone including being awarded the goals by Mario Mandzucic against Real Madrid on Wednesday evening. You make your bed ‘Arry, you’ll have to lie in it. All a bit unedifying if you ask me and he deserves all the ridicule he has been getting - I have no sympathy for him after his sneaky studs up challenge on Sterling in the reverse tie at the Etihad. Let’s keep him off the score sheet Saturday please.



Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistants: Simon Bennett, Andy Halliday
Fourth official: Stuart Attwell

Team News

Spurs will be without Danny Rose, Harry Winks and another lad who is so anonymous I shan’t even bother to name him.

City will be without the ‘oil in the machine’ that is Fernandinho due to him picking up his 10th booking of the season in the derby and earning a two match suspension. Another consequence of Martin Atkinson’s pathetic interpretation of ‘being a referee’. John Stones will also be absent with an abductor strain.

So, instead of a calm and measured conclusion to the season, City face a potentially undignified scramble to the Premier League finish line plagued by self-doubt and dogged by fatigue which is both mental and physical.

Such times test everyone’s character, resolve and spirit but we must not be too downhearted! All is not lost! Despite last weekend’s result we remain 13 points clear of the Stretford Galacticos and have not become a bad team overnight no matter what the nay-sayers and sceptics may think.

What is needed now more than ever from all concerned is an almighty effort of collective will, of personal courage, resilience and a resolve to get the job done. It will not be easy and the players will need every ounce of support that we can give them after a bruising, dispiriting series of results.

Time to step up everyone especially to the travelling Blues attending Wembley Stadium on Saturday evening.

Let the players know we are still in their corner, let’s get the job done and leave the capital with all three points!

Come on City!!!


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I have no idea what to expect on Saturday (and WTF is that kick-off time all about?).
We will either play a blinder or do the opposite. I can't see anything in between, but I would snatch your hand off now for a draw.
Good, considered preview Skoorb.


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Can't see anything other than a win for the City Galacticos - has PG ever lost four in a row? - didn't think so and he isn't going to start now.

Gundogan in for F25 - plus VK4, Zinchenko, Delph and Danilo will all be raring to go as will either/or Aguero and GJ33.

Plus tell Merlin that if we are two up by the 70 minute mark Pep will 'pull him off' and give Foden a chance to stretch his legs.

The title beckons...


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Possible City starting XI v The Media Darlings


Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Delph

De Bruyne, Gündogan, Silva D

Sterling, G Jesus, Sané


Bravo, Zinchenko, Otamendi, Danilo, Silva B, Foden, Agüero
Possible City starting XI v The Media Darlings part ll


Walker, Kompany, Otamendi Laporte,


De Bruyne, Gündogan, Silva D, Sané



Bravo, Zinchenko, Danilo, Silva B, Foden, Sterling, Diaz


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Cruel ..flop team paired against roma ..how this ragged fans would react for roma,'s arrival .i hope our dzeko will ko flop team out of the outdated Champions league..


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I'm finding it increasingly difficult to engage with professional football these days. One of the most creative and entertaining teams we've seen for years, so let's undermine them at every juncture.

The standard of offal-dom has been appalling all season, but the last three games - games which define our season - we were subject to decisions which were just farcical.

I cannot believe, given what we've witnessed for the past few seasons, that there isn't an agenda against Manchester City - the corruption in football is directly proportional to the huge gobs of cash sloshing around in the sport.

If it were just incompetence, it would even itself out, and I could live with it. However, when you are repeatedly the victim of blatant cheating, perhaps it's time to pick up your ball and go home.
You're spot on, H. They've done everything they possibly can to stop MCFC joining the elite, original "royalty" ever since Sheikh Mansour's takeover, from FFP through to dubious draws and above all, the officials.


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As I say, Rising, it's all got a bit much for me! It has taken all the fun out of supporting a team. I want to be excited by skill, passion, intelligence and athletic ability - not depressed and frustrated by more bloody politics and lies from the establishment!
I will be surprised if we see Agureo play againthis season - the original length of ksy off for his knee "not feeling right" always worried me :-(

I can thoroughly emphasize with you Have - as you say, pure incompetance would even itself out over all the games. But the frequency with we have been on the wrong end of garbage decisions beggars belief.


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