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Published on December 9th, 2013 | by Ian Cheeseman

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Post Southampton Insight

Just before Christmas, Martin Demichelis turns 33, and what a career he’s had. His days in first  team football started, back home in Argentina, at River Plate but he’ll look back on his seven and a half years at Bayern Munich with the most satisfaction.
During his time in Bavaria he helped his club win four league and cup doubles in six years, and he was in the Bayern team that reached the 2010 Champions League Final.
Having joined Malaga, managed by City boss Manuel Pellegrini, in 2011, he eventually scored the club’s first ever goal in the Champions League. You wouldn’t necessarily believe that impressive CV if you’d only ever seen Demichellis play, during City’s 1-1 draw at Southampton though.
Martin’s middle name is “Gaston” just like the villain in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” who’s described as;
“Strong and handsome, and all too aware of this. He is hailed as a local hero and the “greatest hunter in the whole world”, desired by many of the young women of his village (he is even described as “cute, dreamy, and handsome”).”
I’m not sure how relevant that version of a CV is either. My point is that the here and not is all that matters and at the very top table of football, where City dine these days, CVs count for nothing. Demichelis is still a good player, but no longer a great player, and at St.Marys he probably wasn’t as good as he could be, even by his 2013 standards.
It wasn’t just him of course. Edin Dzeko seems to have lost his mojo and looks like a player who knows his future lies elsewhere. There were decent moments from the so-called Bosnian Diamond, but he drifted along at times, not making things happen, but occasionally reacting to them.
If Aguero had taken a couple of his early chances against Southampton, the Blues would have been over the hill and gone, but a wonder goal by Osvaldo and a repeat of City’s recent “underwhelming” away form meant that in the end, a point was a good return for the Blues, although in truth, Southampton looked the more likely winners by the end.

If City have got money to spend in January it feels like a 25 year old Martin Demichelis would be an ideal target, but not a 33 year old one.

I’ll be Presenting Blue Tuesday from inside the Allianz Arena, ahead of the Bayern Munich game, with Andy Morrison in the studios, back in Media City, and Rodney Marsh joining in live from Florida. I’ll be asking Rodney about his recent twitter exchange with Yaya Toure and we’ll be asking generally if there are things we can learn from the way German football clubs treat their fans.
A standing ticket at Bayern is 15 euros, and that includes your transport to and from the game, and the players are encouraged to interact and thank supporters much more. Over 1500 fans regularly attend training sessions, all training sessions, and I know it’s the same at “my” German club Schalke 04, should it be like that at City too? Join the debate from 6pm Tuesday and of course full match commentary of Bayern v City follows on 95.1FM, BBC Radio Manchester.

– Ian Cheeseman

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