2011/12 Five Thoughts

Five Thoughts: Stoke v. City: I'm waiting to be amazed...

As always, long on rhetoric, short on logic... Hey, this guy made some great comments! Just scroll down in the game thread and read Knee High to a Duck. I'd type 'what he said' for the five...

Newcastle 0 - 2 City: Five Thoughts

Manchester City take a huge step towards the title with a 2-0 win at Newcastle.

City 1 - 0 United: Five Thoughts

Fists clenched. Arms raised. Celebration in itself but cautioned with the knowledge that there is much work to be done. Pre-game Roberto Mancini had preached that should City win the game it was a...

Wolves 0 - 2 City: Five Thoughts

Wolves 0 - 2 City: Five Thoughts

Norwich 1 - 6 City: Five Thoughts

I wrote pre-game that City had to find a return to their clinical away form from earlier in the season if they were to stand any chance of pulling off a remarkable comeback over the final weeks of...

Arsenal 1 - 0 City: Five Thoughts

Don't be fooled into thinking Mikel Arteta's goal to win the game for Arsenal was the blow that floored a reeling Manchester City. With the minutes ticking down on the game City's title aspirations...

City 3 - 3 Sunderland: Five Thoughts

One point forward, two points backwards. A stirring comeback it may have been and ultimately the point that was rescued may prove to be crucial but yesterday looks likely to prove a watershed...

Swansea 1 - 0 City: Five Thoughts

Swansea 1 - 0 City: Five Thoughts

City 2 - 0 Bolton: Five Thoughts

There is fast becoming a comforting reassurance to games at The Etihad Stadium. A comfortable win against opposition City should be taking three points against ensures that one again the onus falls...

Villa 0 - 1 City: Five Thoughts

Villa 0 - 1 City: Five Thoughts

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Everton 1 - 0 City: Five Thoughts

The more things change, the more they remain the same. The past few seasons have seen City build themselves into genuine title challengers, so much so that they top the Premier League heading into...

City 3 - 2 Tottenham: Five Thoughts

On such days can title bids be made. The old adage of grinding out wins when not quite at your best is often bandied around, but perhaps as telling (if not important) is to come away with the...

Wigan 0 - 1 City: Five Thoughts

The heady days of Autumn may have given way to winter, and with it, the cavalier approach from City during the early part of the season appears to have given way to a more functional and pragmatic...

City 0 - 1 Liverpool: Five Thoughts

Down, but not out. A first half that ended with City lethargically trudging from the field fortunate to be only a goal down ended with at least some hope of being able to recover the tie at Anfield...

City 2 - 3 United: Five Thoughts

A strange game in many ways, and one largely defined by a contentious incident that shaped the narrative of a compelling match. After waiting so long to once again taste success City's hold on the...

City 3 - 0 Liverpool: Five Thoughts

A comprehensive victory without ever being an accomplished performance. But with a requirement to get back to winning ways following the defeat at Sunderland it was an impressive response and...

Sunderland 1 - 0 City: Five Thoughts

A big opportunity missed. With City inactive yesterday they were able to sit back and watch key rivals all drop points unexpectedly, which, after stuttering of late presented them with an unlikely...

West Brom 0 - 0 City: Five Thoughts

Frustration was the watchword of a Boxing Day clash that saw City dominate possession and territory, yet thanks in large part to a solid defensive performance from West Brom they had to be content...

City 3 - 0 Stoke: Five Thoughts

Habits are very easily formed and over the course of 2011 City have undoubtedly (effortlessly?) developed the important habit of winning at home. Stretching back to the end of last season they have...

Manchester City 1 - 0 Arsenal: Five Thoughts

In terms of their points value all wins are equal. Some wins, however, have a greater value attached to them and yesterdays 1-0 defeat of Arsenal carried that significance. Coming off the defeat at...

Chelsea 2 - 1 Manchester City: Five Thoughts

The run has ended then. Last night's 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge put an end to the impressive unbeaten start City have made to the 2011/12 season (just four points dropped from 14 games prior to...

Manchester City 2 - 0 Bayern Munich: Five Thoughts

No surprise at the ultimate outcome. For City to progress to the knock-out stages was always a big ask given not only did they have to beat Bayern, but rely on Villarreal (with five straight...

Manchester City 5 - 1 Norwich: Five Thoughts

The game followed a pattern of play that is becoming increasingly familiar at The Etihad Stadium: away side defends in numbers in an attempt to frustrate City, but ultimately with the multitude of...

Arsenal 0 - 1 Manchester City: Five Thoughts

Reading into the game on the grand scheme of things it is difficult to take too much away given the number of changes both sides made. When the two sides meet in little over two weeks time the...

Liverpool 1 - 1 Manchester City: Five Thoughts

An absorbing game and one in which both sides I'm sure will feel they could have won but ultimately emerge happy from. Heading into the game there was a chance for City to extend their lead over...

Napoli 2 - 1 Manchester City: Five Thoughts

A bitter blow. I wrote plenty in the build up to the game suggesting that the pair of victories against Villarreal had seen City begin to find their feet in the Champions League and cast off some...

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