Published on August 31st, 2013 | by Ian Cheeseman


City set to Finish off Hull

Based on what the manager said at the Friday press conference, I’m expecting Matja Nastasic to play alongside Joleon Lescott for the game against Hull City Tigers, and few, if any, other changes.

I’m expecting a game similar to the Newcastle, perhaps with a 2-0 or 3-0 outcome, surely Hull can’t be as bad as Newcastle. I don’t suppose, therefore that the defensive change will even be noticeable, though it might feel a bit odd to watch two very left footed guys playing together, it shouldn’t make any difference.

The whole hoo ha over Joe Hart shouldn’t be relevant either, as I expect few shots from the men from Humberside.
More interesting in this game will be the Yaya Toure/Fernandinho combination in midfield. Let me say first of all that Yaya was my player-of-the-year in the title winning season, but he doesn’t seem to be quite the player he once was, but why?
I wondered for a while last season, if he was being told to stay back by Roberto Mancini, but even under Manuel Pellegrini he has rarely entered the final third or shown those driving runs he used to make at some stage in every game.
Fernandinho, so I was led to believe, was a more athletic, Brazilian version of Yaya. It’s early in his City career, but I’m still waiting for him to really impress me.
Perhaps the bigger question, though, is this, whether that’s “just how they are” or it’s tactical, why do we need two “defensive midfielders” in a home game against Hull, especially when the fullbacks are overlapping less, particularly with Navas in the team and Silva out wide
Can’t wait for the game, as always 😉
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