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    Doc
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    One of the best performances that I have seen from City against a very difficult team to beat. I have had my doubts about Guardiola, but City can keep this up they could very well win the Champions League not to mention the EPL provided they don’t pick up lots of injuries. Edersen is superb.

    #5768 Score: 0
    Brian blue
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    Doc…it is hard to keep feet firmly planted on the ground at the moment. The teams performances have been excellent and Pep is finally getting them to understand. The focus is on the next game…only that. Injuries will happen and we will loose at some point but so will others, I can only see Utd as Challengers because like it or not Jose will play his pragmatic game and do what is necessary and I believe he will do it well. I do not like his style but you cannot deny his focus to get the job done, Pep just does it with style
    We will loose matches and still be a joy to watch

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    nine nine nine
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    Just to put a slightly different slant on things and not wishing to take anything away from a very good City side Chelsea completed a week of Stoke away, Atletico away not getting back to London until 5 am on Thursday morning and City at home whilst City travelled nowhere pre the Chelsea game played much easier games and were fully prepared and rested whilst Chelsea went into the City game with limited preparation time and fatigued then lost Morata and KDB who rarely scores scored a worldie.

    At this point last season Chelsea were 8 points behind City and ended 15 points ahead of them.

    Personally I think City will probably win the title but it’s only 7 games and there is a long long way to go yet. ?

    #5772 Score: 0
    Brian blue
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    Nine…I take your points and they are in part, valid. I have always had the view that to days footballers are so well looked after and it should not be beyond them to play two games a week, no matter what the team is. They may miss a little sleep, but that is all. This is a squad game now and I know Chelsea have a good squad. Like I said earlier, I am trying to keep my feet planted, one game at a time. The only thing that makes me feel the Manchester clubs may have the right ingrdients this year is because Chelsea appear to have some internal problems which may affect the team, I could be wrong of course. Arsenal I will discount because they have two of there best players want to leave and they are playing like that also. Tottenham…I am never sure they will sustain the challenge, if Kane injured , they are out of it

    I could be wrong on all of this of course, its only an opinion of one person
    I should also point out though, last season and the one before we had similar fixture mess, the FA are the culprits pandering to TV demands. Chelsea were indeed behind, this time last season but it has no bearing on what is happening..right now…it is history…no further points for that!!!!

    #5773 Score: 0
    nine nine nine
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    Brian, to be fair it was 3 qames in a week and away to Stoke, away to Atletico followed by an in form City at home after Chelsea only returned to London at 5am on Thursday morning when all the City players were tucked up in their beds by midnight on Tuesday cuddling their teddy bears and had the options of early nights on Wednesday and Thursday night too.

    Chelsea couldn’t get around the pitch on Saturday whilst City were full of energy apart from everything else City were rested and we’ll prepared and Chelsea were poorly prepared and fatigued and then Chelsea lost Morata.

    Weeks don’t come much tougher than Chelsea’s week last week..

    As I said I think City will end up winning the title but there are a lot of games to play the CL could play a part if City go deep into it and there will be lots of twists and turns along the way I’m sure.

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    Big Jim
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    Nine, sure Chelsea had a slightly harder week but imho not by much. City also played three games and had to travel down to London. And our star inform striker was absent for the entire game, with our new full back who had been ripping up trees also out. The score could easily have been more emphatic. Sometimes its best to just admit that the other team were better on the day, and not come up with excuses. However, it is difficult as a fan not to come up with excuses. I remember last year at the Etihad City missed their chances Chelsea sat back and hit us on the break but helped theoughout the game by some rather dubious refereeing to say the least. Jim. As a side note a week or two back there was a debate on here about Hazard vs DeBryne. Imo Hazard did what he often does I big games and goes missing. Chelsea were also not helped by contes rather strange defensive tactics of not replacing Morata with a striker. Was that decision also due to you playing Athletico midweek, or maybe he was just out thought by Pep?

    #5777 Score: 0
    nine nine nine
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    Jim, read all of my posts on the game!

    I’ve never said City didn’t deserve to win the game and I have consistently said that I think City will end up winning the title this season even before the season kicked off.

    Hazard didn’t turn up on Saturday night neither did any Chelsea player and there were reasons for that, that doesn’t change the results of the fact City deserved to win.

    But the title isn’t won in 7 games and there will be twists and turns.

    #5792 Score: 1
    Brian blue
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    Nine, one thing we can all agree on is it is far too early to talk of titles,,,that is for the media to justify keeping them employed. You have to wonder if Burnley could do a Leicester as well…all good for football

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    nine nine nine
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    Brian, “You have to wonder if Burnley could do a Leicester as well” Ha,ha, there’s more chance of Arsenal winning the title.?

    I really enjoy watching City and I’m a bit of a Pep fan, reading the book on his Bayern reign now which is very good and as I said in an earlier post the biggest compliment I could pay City was that City looked like a real Pep team on Saturday.

    I hope you City lads don’t spoil it all for me by getting too smug.?

    #5802 Score: 1
    Brian blue
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    Nine…absolutely no way of me getting smug or over excited, this is my 73rd season watching them…maybe 74th so I have seen too many comeings and goings, ups and downs, more downs than ups. I have to say though, for the first time in many years I actually look forward to going to a game again, Pep is trying to bring a different culture of playing to the club and I like it. In some ways it reminds me of the Mercer/Allison days. Pep has still to be crowned in the UK but even if we do not make it I would thank him for the effort and not consider he was a loser in the UK. I would rather loose trying this way and entertaining…yes we will loose some along the way but in the grand scheme of life..is it that important?

    #5803 Score: 1
    Brian blue
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    I hate these International breaks, high risk of injuries/fatigue setting in and for what? I do not know what we are even playing for World Cup or Euro Cup. More wall to wall coverage…it will kill the game eventually because to keep the TV companies happy they will start bending the rules…we will go like American football, not soccer

    #5806 Score: 1
    nine nine nine
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    Great post Brian I’ve always loved watching Pep teams.

    Both Chelsea and City have experienced the good the bad and the ugly and previously both have seen more of the bad and the ugly too and their are lots of parallels between our two clubs.

    I think you’ll have a very enjoyable season. Cheers 999

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