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A "Kinky" Comeback

Started on 24 December 2012 by MCFCDAP
Latest Reply on 24 June 2013 by MCFCDAP
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2013-01-14 23:18#77195 The Madrista : Luuk De Jong is a fabulous player, he was amazing for Gladbach in my Chelsea save. Just read and finished this day and I'm really impressed at how much work you put into this. :D

Thanks :) really appreciate your feedback! I enjoy writing it a lot as well which is a bonus!


Deadline Day 10.00 - Man City Complete £40m Signing of Gareth Bale

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Manchester City manager again showed he is not afraid to spend his owner’s cash by splashing out £40m on Welsh superstar Gareth Bale. Deadline day is always an exciting day but not many would have expected a Club to spend so much money, but Kinkladze clearly feels Bale is the man to drive to Club towards retaining their Premier League crown.

Georgi Kinkladze was happy to answer questions on his new signing and said “Of course I am happy with the transfer. Gareth is one of the most exciting players in Europe right now and I can’t wait to see him in a City shirt” Kinkladze was also quizzed on his interest in Edinson Cavani and all he would say at this time was, “Cavani is a great striker, right now he plays for Napoli. At the end of today, who knows where he will be.”

At the same time the deal was completed, Kinkladze announced that Ryan McGivern had moved on a permanent deal to Crawley and wished him well in the future.

Deadline Day 14.30 – Spurs waste no time spending “Bale money”

Tottenham have wasted no time spending the money from the transfer of Gareth Bale, as they splash out on three new signings. Aiden McGeady joins for nearly £19m from Spartak Moscow, Martin Olsson joins for just under £11m from Blackburn and Ashley Young moves from title chasing Manchester United to Spurs for a reported £10.5m.

Although many say Gareth Bale is irreplaceable, Spurs manager Javier Aguirre is confident his new signings can fill the hole left by Bale, “Gareth is a unbelievable talent but so are McGeady and Young. Both have played at a top level and both can contribute to the team in a huge way”.

Spurs fans are not so convinced, many calling the Chairman for letting Gareth Bale leave, with messages boards full of angry fans calling for their Chairman to stand down.
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Deadline Day – 19.00 – Man City admit defeat in Cavani pursuit

As the transfer deadline approaches Manchester City manager, Georgi Kinkladze, has been left disappointed by the Club’s failure to sign Napoli frontman Edinson Cavani.

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Kinkladze left the City training ground at Carrington about 15 minutes ago and was happy to speak to our reporter. When asked about the Club’s bid for Cavani, Kinkladze replied, “We tried but we failed. We tabled a couple of bids for him and both were rejected. We offered what we feel was a high offer for him and failed but I’m happy with the strikers I’ve got, Sergio and Carlos are both playing well and Edin and Luuk can contribute to the team very well so we will fight to the end for the title and for the Champions League.”

A source inside the Club has said City bid around £35m for the Napoli man, and at one stage even offered Carlos Tevez in exchange but Napoli showed no interest in doing a deal. City are expected to go back in for Cavani in the summer, and many expect them to succeed in their bids to bring him to the Etihad.

January Transfer Deadline Day Round-Up

Another season, and another transfer window closes with an exciting final day.

The deal of the day was obviously the £40m transfer of Gareth Bale to Champions Manchester City from Tottenham. No-one really saw this coming through-out the window but Kinkladze made it clear that this was not a panic buy.

Tottenham spent their money wisely bringing in three players, including Ashley Young. Arsenal spent £4.5m on Clement Chantome from PSG, while Manchester United spent £14.5m on Younes Belhanda from Montpellier.

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Im a United fan however im enjoying this story alot mate. Some good results after a real dry patch early on however you seem to get injuries every other game /: Bale will be class for you im sure of it, it will cause competition for places but at the end of the day thats the joy of being at a big club :)
Thanks mate, means something coming from a red lol

Injuries have played a big part in my season :( been lucky to have a big squad really and a few young players who can make the bench.

Bale will add competition and i've experimented with where i've played him (i'm currently in March on the game)...i have end of season plans, as long as i still have a job!
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Manager’s January Review

January saw our League form continue, as we dropped only two points all month in a disappointing draw at home to Southampton. Although the month didn’t produce the high attacking football we had seen in December, we showed we could battle for results in games like Norwich and Everton and to me that was just a pleasing.

In the FA Cup, we saw us overcome a tricky third round tie at Fulham in very comfortable fashion and then in the 4th round we were drawn at home to Notts County and that gave me an opportunity to rest a few players and we progressed with ease. In the 5th round we have probably been given the easiest tie possible as we face League 2 side Oxford.

January saw the transfer window open and I made use of the money available, spending £20.5m on Luuk de Jong, £1m on Diego Lugano and £40m on Gareth Bale. Lugano impressed on loan so I made the deal permanent, de Jong is young and has a lot of potential and replaces the outgoing Mario Balotelli, and Gareth Bale is the man I’m hoping adds just a little extra.

My player of the month is again Vincent Kompany. Commanding at the back and a great leader, he never fails to impress and the fans and I know exactly what we are getting.

I am again proud to receive the January Premier League Manager of the Month award, winning 4 and drawing 1 is an impressive record in the league and I am pleased with how the players are performing and hope it continues in February, as well as our FA Cup run and the return of the Champions League.

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Saturday 2nd February – Aston Villa v Manchester City (Premier League)

MCFC Starting XI – Friedel, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Zabaleta, Clichy; De Rossi, Barry; Bale, Nem; Aguero SUBS – Hart, Lugano, Maicon, Milner, Nasri, Sinclair, de Jong

Villa Starting XI – Guzan, Lowton, Dunne, Vlaar, Bennett; Delph, Westwood, Clark, N’Zogbia; Agbonlahor, Bent SUBS – Siegrist, Holman, Gardner, Hutton, Weimann, Townsend, Baker

Manchester City suffered their first league defeat in 15 games at Villa Park today. The team never really got going with Villa taking an early lead, although City did pull a goal back it was more through individual brilliance than a team move. A late Bent goal gave Villa the three points and sent City fans home tasting defeat for the first time in a while.

Final Score – Aston Villa 2 (Agbonlahor 12, Bent 86) Manchester City 1 (Aguero 25)

MOTM – Matthew Lowton

Attendance – 39,458
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Sunday 10th February – Chelsea v Manchester City (Premier League)

On the back of an International break, Manchester City have been hit badly by injuries. Sergio Aguero has come back with a damaged elbow and will miss up to 2 weeks, Edin Dzeko returned from Bosnia with a twisted ankle and is likely to miss around 3 weeks, and Maicon, who was a late call up by Brazil has been ruled out for 3 weeks with a pulled hamstring. To make things even worse, during training on the Thursday before the game, Joleon Lescott broke down with a hernia and will miss between 5-6 weeks.

MCFC Starting XI – Friedel, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lugano, Clichy; De Rossi, Milner; Bale, Nem, Nasri; de Jong SUBS – Hart, Richards, Kolarov, Barry, Sinclair, Garcia, Pozo

Chelsea Starting XI – Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Lampard; Ben Arfa, Mata, Hazard; Jovetic SUBS – Turnbull, Sturridge, Marin, Cahill, Torres, Mikel, David Luiz

A brilliant match at Stamford Bridge saw a first 20 minutes that was a joy to watch, 4 goals, other chances and some stunning creative football. Man City took a 2-0 lead before being pegged back to 2-2, and it took a full back, in Clichy, to go on a mazy run at the end of the first half to grab the winner for City.

Final Score – Chelsea 2 (Terry 16, Ivanovic 21) Manchester City 3 (Lugano 1, Nem 12, Clichy 45+1)

MOTM – Diego Lugano

Attendance – 41,798
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Sunday 17th February – Manchester City v Oxford United (FA Cup 5th Round)

MCFC Starting XI – Hart, Richards, Lugano, Rekik, Kolarov; Garcia, Toure; Sinclair, Nem, Suarez; de Jong SUBS – Friedel, Zabaleta, Nastasic, Rodwell, Ibrahim, Marcos Lopes, Tevez

Oxford Starting XI – Clarke, Beeley, Wright, Duberry, Capaldi; Whing, Leven, Champman, Potter, Compton; Beattie SUBS – Hill, Raynes, Batt, Tsiaklis, Constable, O’Brien, Vaulks

Not quite the score-line City fans would have been hoping for but City are in the hat for the Quarter-finals where they will take a trip to Loftus Road to play QPR.

Final Score – Manchester City 2 (Toure 20, Sinclair (p) 74) Oxford 0

MOTM – Alexander Kolarov

Attendance – 41,020
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Wednesday 20th February – Manchester City v Real Madrid (Champions League 1st Knock-out round 1st Leg)

MCFC Starting XI – Friedel, Richards, Kompany, Lugano, Zabaleta, Clichy; De Rossi, Toure; Bale, Nem; Tevez SUBS – Hart, Nastasic, Kolarov, Barry, Milner, Nasri, Sinclair

Real Madrid Starting XI – Casillas, Arbeloa, Carvalho, Ramos, Marcelo; Essien, Alonso; Modric, Ozil, Ronaldo; Benzema SUBS – Adan, Nacho, Mateos, Di Maria, Higuain, Saez, Derik

One thing I’m sure Manchester City fans are happy about is that Carlos Tevez didn’t leave the Club in January, and after this performance they’ll be hoping it’s a long time before he does. Tevez ran the show from start to finish, and ended the game with two goals. The game also saw Xabi Alonso miss a penalty at 0-0 and Gareth Bale score his first goal for City.

Final Score – Manchester City 3 (Bale 45, Tevez 83, 90) Real Madrid 0

MOTM – Carlos Tevez

Attendance – 47,405
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Wednesday 27th February – Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur

MCFC Starting XI – Friedel, Lugano, Kompany, Nastasic, Maicon, Clichy; De Rossi, Toure; Bale, Nem; Aguero SUBS – Hart, Richards, Zabaleta, Milner, Barry, Nasri, Tevez

Spurs Starting XI – Lloris, Lichtsteiner, Dawson, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto; Sandro, Huddlestone; Sosa, Sigurdsson, Young, Adebayor SUBS – Archer, Walker, Vertonghen, Dempsey, Defoe, Caulker, Gallas

Manchester City showed all their class today to defeat Spurs, great performances all over the pitch and two goals of different styles were too much for their opponents. Maicon rifled in a 30 yarder to make it 1-0 and Clichy headed home from 2 yards out to make it two. Gael Clichy’s man of the match performance does come at a cost, as a gashed leg he suffered in the first half will rule him out for nearly two weeks.

Final Score – Manchester City 2 (Maicon 39, Clichy 86) Tottenham 0

MOTM – Gael Clichy

Attendance – 47,405
I like how you summarize every match! Keep it up! :P

Have you overtaken the Red Scum in the league yet? :D
Cheers mate :) i prefer doing that than just giving a result, its a story, i want to make it worth reading and not just stats :)

No mate :( but we are getting closer!
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Manager’s February Review

February started with our first league defeat since the middle of November, and it was a poor performance to add to the defeat, but we bounced back in the League with two wins. A great performance away at Chelsea saw us win 3-2, and then a very convincing win at home to Tottenham made sure we ended the month on a high.

In the Cups, we continued our progress in the FA Cup by easily disposing of Oxford. I was able to rest a few players and give a few players a game when they were coming back from injury, and now we face QPR away for a place in the Semi’s. The Champions League returned and we faced the mighty Real Madrid. A man I was convinced would leave in January was inspirational, Carlos Tevez scored 2 and ran the game and made sure we took a 3-0 lead to Spain in March.

My player of the month goes to Gael Clichy. Not only did he perform well when called upon in defense but he scored a stunning goal against Chelsea when we really need it, and also got the goal to wrap up the points against Spurs. And for the third time in his short Premier League career, Wellington Nem won the Young Player of the Month for February.

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Sunday 3rd March – Newcastle United v Manchester City (Premier League)

MCFC Starting XI – Friedel, Richards, Kompany, Lugano, Maicon, Kolarov; De Rossi, Toure; Bale, Nem; Aguero SUBS – Hart, Nastasic, Zabaleta, Barry, Milner, Nasri, Tevez

Newcastle Starting XI – Krul, Toure, Coloccini, S Taylor, Santon; R Taylor, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez; Cisse, Ameobi SUBS – Harper, Obertan, Anita, Xisco, Williamson, Anderson, Ferguson

City had chances, Gareth Bale especially, but failed to take any and it cost them with Cisse scoring early in the second half to settle the contest. With this defeat, City are now 10 points behind United with only 9 games to go and many suggest the title race is over and the title is going to Old Trafford.

Final Score – Newcastle 1 (Cisse 50) Manchester City 0

MOTM – Tim Krul

Attendance – 52,405

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