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City 1 Everton 1
August notes
I was hoping we would have scored more goals in the opening three games and been a bit more fortunate with refereeing decisions but at least we have only dropped two points so far. Our finishing must certainly improve if we are to take advantage of our possession rate. It is no use getting 70-80 percent possession and then failing to put the ball into the back of the net. I feel we tend to play at the same pace too often and defences are able to organize themselves better in the final third.
Variation of approach play and better crossing from the wings is essential.
The failure to sign Sanchez and Evans was disappointing but the decision to end the transfer just prior to an international weekend was crazy to say the least.
There were five major first team signings - Benardo Silva from Monaco - Mendy also from Monaco - Ederson from Benfica - Danilo from Real Madrid and Walker from Spurs.
Other signings were Garcia from Barcelona, Luka and Ivan Iilic from Red Star Belgrade and Luiz from Vasco das Gama.
departures include Caballero, Clichy, Kolarov, Iheanacho, Navas, Nolito, Bony, Zabaleta, Mooy, and Joe Hart on loan to West Ham.
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City 5 Liverpool 0
September Notes
The results and performances against Liverpool and Feyenoord were excellent. Plenty of goals some from distance and even some from corners! Nice to see a varied approach to corners and we also had players shooting from distance and our new wing fullback Mendy put in lots of instant crosses. Kevin De Bruyne is doing a fine job in midfield as is David Silva and Aguero and Jesus are working well together up front.
In defence Stones has improved and our new keeper Ederson has shown us what a good keeper he is and a good team man by turning out in Rotterdam after being injured against Liverpool.
City's magic form continued at Watford with the six nil away win which put them top of the league. A wonderful Aguero hat-trick was the highlight but don't forget the terrific work by David Silva and De Bruyne. Would there be room in the team if we had signed Sanchez from Arsenal. With Benardo Silva and Sane on the bench and also Danilo and Gundogan in waiting as well as a player called Yaya Toure who has yet to figure this season City are in a strong position to win a few trophies this season.
Aguero is only a hat-trick away from beating Eric Brook's record of 177 goals for City. I would not be surprised if Sergio got the record against Crystal Palace who are suffering at the moment.
However Aguero only managed one in the 5-0 win against Crystal Palace and then missed a penalty against Shakhtar in the Champions League. He then got injured while in Holland and will be out for several weeks so breaking the record is going to be delayed for a while!
We did see some cracking goals recently - Delph scored an excellent goal against Crystal Palace and Kevin De Bruyne notched his first of the season against Shakhtar and then scored a wonderful effort to win the away match against Chelsea. It was a shame that City only scored one against Chelsea as the sky blues dominated the game they keep their place at the top of the league. Delph - standing in for the injured Mendy - is doing a good job and surprising a lot of City fans. One of the major stars for me is Ederson in goal. His speed ,decision making and wonderful distribution is giving the defence a big lift.

City 5 Crystal Palace 0
City 2 Shakhtar Donetsk 0
City 7 Stoke 2
City 2 Napoli 1
City 3 Burnley 0
City 0 Wolves 0
City 3 Arsenal 1
City 1 Feyenoord 0
City 2 Southampton 1
City 2 West Ham U 1
December Notes
The great win at Old Trafford against an average United team has put City 11 points ahead in the Premiership race and it was City's 14th league win on the trot - magnificent. With games against Swansea in midweek and then home games against Spurs and Bournemouth City could well be in a position of complete power by Xmas.
However back to the United game. City mainly dominated the first half taking the lead through David Silva at a corner but United managed to level the scores in added time by way of a defensive error Xmas gift.
The City winner by central defender Otamendi who just keeps on scoring at the moment was following a free kick by Kevin De Bruyne! Ederson showed what a great keeper he is by making three excellent saves and City should have made it 3-1 late on when they made some good breaks. With Stones still injured and skipper Kompany staying off at half time it looks like we will have to rely on Mangala and Otamendi for a few games.
City will be playing Basel next year in the Champions League. Quite a good draw really.
Lots of news items covering the 'handbag' battle behind the scenes after the United game at the moment. Whether the FA will take any action on 'Milkgate' and close the bridge near the ground remains to be seen.
City made it 15 wins on the run with the easy four nil away win against Swansea David Silva scoring twice and now it's 16 with the terrific win against Spurs.
The league cup win against Leicester has given us a semi-final draw against Bristol City who beat United. The first time I saw Bristol City was in August 1965 at Maine Road. The City team that day was Dowd: Bacuzzi, Connor: Doyle, Cheetham, Oakes: Summerbee, Crossan, Murray, Brand and Pardoe. The score was two all with Brand and a Gibson own goal scoring for City in front of a 20,000 crowd. City were in Div 2 that season.
City 4 Spurs 1
City 4 Bournemouth 0
George Weah becomes President of Liberia
George Weah who played for City in 2000 is the President-elect of Liberia. He will be taking office in January. He was regarded as one of the best ever African players and in 1995 he was FIFA World Player of the Year.

Here he is crossing to Wanchope to give City the lead against Sunderland after just three minutes in a 4-2 win in his first home game in August 2000.
The City team that day at Maine Road was -
Weaver, Edghill, Tiatto, Prior, Howey, Horlock, Wiekens,
Haaland Wanchope,Weah and Kennedy.

There were 34.410 in the crowd and Wanchope scored a hat-trick. More images HERE

Here he is about to score his only home goal for City against Gillingham in the Worthington Cup in September 2000. The game ended in a one all draw but City won the replay 4-2 Weah scoring 2.

The City team in the home game was -
Weaver, Crooks, Ritchie, Prior, Haaland, Wright-Phillips, Bishop, Whitley, Wanchope, Weah, and Kennedy

More images HERE

Alas he did not stay for long his final game being against Newcastle at the end of September
City 3 Watford 1
City 4 Burnley 1
City 2 Bristol City 1
City 3 Newcastle U 1

Before the recent game against Newcastle United the crowd welcomed back two old favorites of City - Denis Tueart and Georgi Kinkladze.
Below are two images showing them in action!
Kinkladze is trying to outwit four Newcastle defenders in a game that ended three all back in February 1996.The City team that day was - Immel, Summerbee, Hiley, Symons, Lomas, Brown, Clough, Rosler, Quinn and Kinkladze.

The Denis Tueart shot shows him celebrating a Mike Summerbee header against Ipswich in April 1974. The City side that day was - Mac Rae, Pardoe, Donachie, Doyle, Barrett, Horswill, Summerbee, Bell, Corrodus, Oakes and Tueart.
Oh and United got relegated that season!

City 3 West Brom 0
City 5 Leicester C 1
City 3 Arsenal 0
City 1 Chelsea 0
City 1 Basel 2
City 2 United 3
City 1 Liverpool 2
April notes
With United being beaten by bottom club West Brom City automatically became Premier League Champions and they only failed to be the earliest winners of the trophy by 24 hours. There are a few more records to be broken - another eleven goals will make them the highest scorers and if we win 3 of the remaining 5 games it will mean City will have the most wins of the champions. The sky blues have played magnificent football throughout the season and fully deserve all the plaudits they are getting.
It's been an incredible for City. They have three players in the top 5 vying to be Footballer of the Year and City are top of many stats so far this season. For instance there are 5 City players in the list of most passes - Otamendi topping the list - Fernandinho. De Bruyne, Walker and Silva being the others.
Keeping the ball is probably the key to City's overall success and they have averaged 71.23% possession so far this season. David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne have ruled the midfield, the latter in particular being phenomenal in his natural ability to find a colleague with a perfect pass in pace and accuracy.
On the wings Sane and Sterling have used their pace and movement to create space often allowing the wing backs to overlap and cross. Oh and they have scored a few goals too!
A key element in City's success was the signing of Ederson to replace Bravo in the City goal. His decision making speed and brilliant distribution surprised us all and he has been responsible for several of the goals City have scored. We have never had a keeper who often plays as an extra defender with his passing accuracy and positioning.
We still wait for Aguero's 200th goal. He has had his moments of greatness and nobody will forget that sensational last minute strike against QPR in 2012 that won the league so I hope he will soon be fit enough to score a few more this season. Fernandinho too is playing a vital part in front of the back four and replacing Yaya Toure so well.
We are fortunate to have Vincent Kompany back to play an important role on the field while behind it all Pep Guardiola has surpassed all expectations bringing his expertise and football savvy to City and we all hope he will stay a long time.


City 5 Swansea 0
City 0 Huddersfield 0
City 3 Brighton 1
May notes
The last minute goal by Jesus against Southampton enabled City to achieve the incredible record of being the first team in the Premier League to reach 100 points. The wonderful long pass by Kevin De Bruyne that gave Jesus the chance to score also won Kevin the award of the highest number of assists - 16..
This amazing season has also seen City reach the most wins - 32 in a Premier League season and also the most goals 106.
The sky blues also had an amazing 18 match winning run and a record number of away points - 50.
Bringing on Phil Foden late in the final game enabled him to be the youngest player (17) to win a Premier League medal.
The winning margin of 19 points over some team from Salford in second place was also a record.
Oh and don't forget the possession record - 82.1% against Everton and the goal difference of 79 was also a record.
What a shame Aguero -absent through injury- was not able to get his 200th goal for City. With the World Cup coming up soon no doubt new signings will be sooner than later! Good news - Ederson has signed an extension until 2025.
Here are the final stats for the season just finished.
Minimum of 6 home games to be included and at least 20 mins on pitch if a sub.
Only games I have watched live are included
De Bruyne ........7.93 (23 games) ...........last season 7.40
Silva..................7.65 (20 games) ...........last season 7.63
Fernandinho......7.47 (20 games) ...........last season 6.85
Aguero..............7.34 (19 games) ...........last season 7.25
Sane................. 7.30 (23 games) ...........last season 7.17
Stones ..............7.28 (14 games) ...........last season 6.93
Sterling .............7.23 (21 games) ...........last season 7.30
Kompany ..........7.14 ( 7 games) ............last season 7.41
Gundogan .........7.14 (14 games)............last season 7.00
Ederson ............7.13 (22 games)
Delph................ 7.07 (13 games)
Otamendi ......... 7.04 (23 games)............last season 6.84
Benardo ........... 7.00 (15 games)
Toure ............... 7.00 (6 games) .............last season 7.13
Walker ..............6.90 (21 games)
Laporte .............6.85 (7 games)
Bravo ............... 6.85 (7 games) .............last season 6.35
Danilo ...............6.83 (12 games)
Jesus.................6.71 (14 games)
Zinchenko .........6.15 (10 games)