Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion: Pre match thoughts…

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Do I honestly think City will win the Champions League this season?
No

Can Pep still attract top drawer players if we don’t qualify for next season’s competition?
Yes

Will it be embarrassing if we miss out on the top 4, especially if it’s at the hands of United?
Absolutely

Do I honestly think City will win the Champions League this season?
As great as we have been at times in the competition this season, we’ve failed to sort out our defensive frailties in both the Champions League and the league, and ultimately I think that will be our undoing sadly. As great as the Paris result was, they will have to come and attack us in the return leg, and truth be told most times they went forward they looked like doing damage. Mangala had a good game for once, but Otamendi once again looked easily exposed and Zlatan was constantly allowed far too much time and space on the ball in and around the box, not to mention the ease at which he was winning the aerial battle. Hopefully we will do enough back at the Etihad to progress further and continue making history, but if we come up against a Barcelona or Bayern Munich, I feel it would be a bridge too far for this current crop of players.

Can Pep still attract top drawer players if we don’t qualify for next season’s competition?
There’s no doubting City pulled an absolute masterstroke in getting the most in demand manager in the World, albeit for only 3 seasons. And it will be that same attraction that I believe will see Pep land any player he genuinely sets his sights on, even if City don’t have the offer of Champion’s League football next season. I hate the phrases project and transition, as I think too many clubs (look just down the road for an example) use it as an excuse for poor performances, but the truth is Pep would be more than able to sell his vision and that of the club to any player this summer.

Will it be embarrassing if we miss out on the top 4, especially if it’s at the hands of United?
It looks likely that Leicester will seal the Premier League title in the next few games, and as well as they’ve done and as much credit they deserve, it’s an absolute embarrassment to us and every other club of similar stature that it has happened. The embarrassment in missing out on the top 4 with such a talented array of players would only be amplified in my opinion. The fact that United are so close to use despite their constant berating by the media and their own fans speaks volumes about how poor we have been. After a promising start the wheels have well and truly fallen off, and our results against the top 8 in the league are beyond embarrassing. Hopefully despite the distraction of the Champions League, the players will still give it their all in the league with the hopes of finishing in the best position possible.

With all that, it will be interesting to see how the team approach the weekend clash against West Brom. Several hints have already been given about Pellegrini possibly resting players with one eye on the return clash against PSG on Tuesday, but hopefully whatever team he puts out will be more than capable of getting all 3 points. Personally I expect to see a 4-4-2 and first start for Nasri since his injury lay off.

 

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Author: siepod

Massive technology geek Former runner looking to rediscover two working knees Ex Personal trainer currently looking to escape self imposed fitness exile Manchester City season ticket holder until 1998 & again from 2002 to present Atlético Madrid season ticket holder 1999-2001 & still follow from afar Love creative writing, and former journalist for Opta Soccer, Planetfootball & Sky Sports Former games tester, researcher and designer for Gremlin Interactive, Infogrames & Dinamic Multimedia

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  1. Not sure Nasri will start. Think Delph may play on the left instead. Nasri looked like he possibly isn’t ready to start when he came on at Bournemouth.

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