Published on October 31st, 2014 | by Ian Cheeseman2
“What’s going/gone wrong?” | Ian Cheeseman
Which theory do you subscribe to?
There’s lots of theories as to why City have dipped in form, and I’m sure you’ve seem most of them, if not all.
1) Since many key players signed new extended contracts they’ve gone into the comfort zone
2) Since they moved to the new training complex, their routine has been compromised
3) The 4-4-2 system
4) Not having a “plan B”
5) Various individuals [insert name here] not being good enough
6) Play Milner more, when he plays we win
7) Drop Yaya Toure, he’s not interested anymore, he’s the problem
8) The players that have been brought in by Pellegrini (under his tenure) have taken the club backwards
9) City have been worked out by the opposition
10) Too many defensive changes made from match to match (Shaun Goater)
11) UEFA (FFP)
12) Eliaquim Mangala
13) A lack of pace, playing predictable “crab like football”
14) Everyone is against us
That’s just a few of the theories that have been put forward, I’m sure there are many more. Maybe there’s truth in some/all/none of the above, but one thing that a couple of set backs illustrates to me is the different way that we all look at the game.
Some see the job of a “fan” as wearing “blue tinted spectacles”, constantly suggesting that there’s nothing wrong and that the club will win every remaining game, overhaul whatever gap, and jump over every obstacle. Others think a couple of defeats are the end of the world and everyone should be sacked, dropped and everything should be changed.
Older City fans are only too aware that winning is not “a right” no matter how big your stadium, how well paid your players are and how much the media hype or vilify the team.
Last season I wrote a piece about my “super eight” players, the ones I thought were the exceptional players in the City squad – on Wednesday only Yaya Toure and David Silva (from that eight) started, I still believe that City do better when as many of those eight play as possible, though I admit that a couple of the Super 8 are out of form at the moment.
The eight, for those wondering, are:
Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Yaya, Silva, Nasri, Fernandinho and Aguero
We might see seven of those names in Sunday’s starting line up, and if that’s the case, I believe City will win the Derby, so onwards and upwards.
I’ll be involved in Radio Manchester’s commentary on Sunday, as always, though I’ll share vocal duties with my colleague Bill Rice, and as well as Shaun Goater you’ll also hear from Arthur Albiston (in the name of balance) too, with the build-up from the Etihad starting at noon and allowing for post-match reaction and the phone-in until 6pm – it promises to be a BIG day!
You can hear it all on 95.1FM, DAB and via the match day centre on mcfc.co.uk
Up the Blues!