A title decider has a subplot in the quest to be the best. Chelsea and Manchester City contest the silverware, Branislav Ivanovic and Pablo Zabaleta vie for an unofficial honour. They are the Premier League's two outstanding right-backs. Not necessarily over the case of this campaign, because Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne has been a revelation, or last campaign, when Everton's Seamus Coleman was a formidable attacking presence, but over several seasons. Ivanovic and Zabaleta display a brand of...
It's not even 10 years ago that Manchester City's motto would have been better as "Wallow in self-pity" rather than "pride in battle." Only City could mess up in ways previously unknown to the sport.
There was no reason for the fans to think that a bad run of form would come to an end -- and it was always a surprise when they went away from home and put three past a slightly better team.
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The post-weekend verdict for Manchester City is once again looking a little bleak.
For the fifth time this season, City fans wake up to the first commute of the week wondering just how the side were beaten at home. Five home defeats at this stage of the season adds up to the worst home record for six years.
Dumped from both domestic cup competitions by supposedly weaker opposition, City have been given a clear lesson in attitude by both Middlesbrough and Newcastle on how to treat the FA and League...
There's something about Middlesbrough that will send a chill down the spine of many a Manchester City fan.
Whether it was their surprising 3-0 win over Arsenal in 2001 that pretty much put the death knell on City's Premier League survival chances, or their 1-0 win at Eastlands -- achieved without having a shot on target -- in 2003, or them pipping City to a UEFA Cup place in 2005, or the 8-1 drubbing they inflicted in 2008, there's just something about them and the trend continued with their 2-0...
Wednesday's grainy telecast images of a pained Frank Lampard limping to the sidelines in Abu Dhabi begged the question of precisely why Manchester City were playing a far-flung friendly during such a jam-packed month of matches.
Their opponents, SV Hamburg, at least had the explanation of being on a mid-season Bundesliga break. City lost 2-0 to Arsenal on Sunday and have an FA Cup tie with Middlesbrough on Saturday before a week of build-up to a Chelsea trip next weekend that has potential to help...
Prior to the Premier League's thud and bluster, Manchester City and Middlesbrough were keen partners in the waltz of the wasted, the foxtrot of the forgotten.
Well used to looking in at the party through heavily misted windows, the two clubs came to epitomise a bedraggled form of abject football failure. As City's seemingly unstoppable rise to the European summit has picked up pace, Boro have continued to be mired in a backwater of ineptitude and bad luck.
Recent stirrings under the cosmopolitan...