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Citizens Poised to Attack in 2010

July 31, 2010 - Manchester City's Emmanuel Adebayor in action during International play at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. The team from Milan won the match, 3-o.

As they approach, once again, the 100 million pound mark in the transfer market, Manchester City and head coach Roberto Mancini still find facets of their team to dislike. Yet, for a team still searching for a striker to add to an already formidable attack, much respect is already deserved to what appears to be the most dangerous attacking third in the Premier League.

For title-winning clubs in the Premier League, the magic number of points is about 90. For the Citizens, not only is 90 a desire in the category points, but a high aim to shoot for in the category of goals scored. While Chelsea managed to hit the back of the net 103 times in 2009, City mustered up a total of 73, six behind fourth place finisher Tottenham. The unwritten answer may appear as a necessity of a more formidable defense, but for Sheikh Al-Mansour, the answer to defensive mishaps is millions of pounds worth of pure shot-firing, free-kick taking, goal scoring material.

With the likes of World Cup winner David Silva added and Robinho back in the squad that so eagerly marooned him last January, a strong attack once helmed by Mark Hughes’ brainchild Craig Bellamy and Sven Goran-Erikkson’s favorite overpriced Brazilian Jo now places the two strikers likely on their way out riding the bench, and possibly not making Mancini’s 25-man registered team.

Depth is something never lacking in a strong team, and the new look City team speaks nothing but the same. Starting with Emmanuel Adebayor and Carlos Tevez up front, who combined last year to score 43 goals for the Blues, more than half of their total goals in Premier League competitions. If three or even four men are preferred for Mancini’s tactical mind, or maybe just the scarf has been cutting of the circulation, the likes of Roque Santa Cruz, Robinho, and even Silva who has never hesitated to play up front all wait for their cracks at goal. Silva, who played few minutes for Spain in the World Cup campaign, came over to Eastlands for 30 million pounds, but this time plans on not letting himself be outshined by the likes of David Villa, who outscored him at Valencia in 2009, as well as in South Africa. With a determined Silva,  a punishing Bellamy, and rejuvenation seasons from Santa Cruz and Robinho, the attack will be more dominant than ever.

At City, versatility is a key in the strength to attack. As is becoming the trend in most of European football, Mancini prefers to play a game with wingers on their opposite sides and the usual one or two strikers. Most often, an attacking midfielder will end up in the middle, in front of powerhouse defensive midfielder (and dropkick extraordinaire) Nigel de Jong and now the Premier League’s newest brother combination, the Toures.   For the most part, that position is filled by the likes of Gareth Barry, but it seems there is hope for the likes of Stephen Ireland after strong preseason performances, and the acquisition of Villa’s James Milner still could be lying in the waits, as Martin O’Neil’s midfield slowly migrates its entirety to the blue side of Manchester.  From the inside spreads wide where the depth and strength of the title hopefuls exemplifies itself even further. Adam Johnson, Shaun Wright-Phillips, and Vladimir Weiss fill the wings in, while preseason looks and prior remembrance shows Mancini’s willingness to play Robinho, Bellamy, Ireland, and Silva (his natural position, nonetheless) out wide feeding the ball back inside to duly nicknamed Carlos “Energizer bunny” Tevez and Emmanuel “Fear my goal celebrations” Adebayor. The fun isn’t done there for City, though.

In recent weeks and months, many a name has been thrown around the transfer mill at Eastlands, the most promising of those including Inter Milan wonderkid Mario Balotelli, Don Garber’s favorite lover Landon Donovan, Fernando Torres, and the one last name I can’t pronounce in Wolfsburg’s Edin Dzeko. The possibility of adding the talents of one of the above to an already formidable attack could put City over the top. With those additions plus the likes of an improving come January, the power of an attacking Manchester City could provide a shock in this year’s Premier League.

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  1. huh

    August 4, 2010 at 5:54 am

    ‘manchester city could provide a shock is this years premier league’

    wouldn’t be much of a shock now really would it? Maybe it would be to the punters of epltalk but the bookmakers have city at not much difference to utd to win the league 3rd favourites which I think is a piss take and not even worth the bet at 5 to1 , so as I said not a shock if they do. I feel that we will finish 4th or 3rd (or hope we do) pretty much the same as most city fans and city’s owners . If they don’t though it won’t be the end of the world (except on here). Know doubt if they finish in any thing but first nuggets will say they said they would finish 1st in similar style as last year with 4th when the target was top 6 last year, but that’s the way nuggets roll!

  2. dave edge

    August 4, 2010 at 2:08 am

    ManYoo have been signing big names for years. So have Chelski. But it didn’t do them any good either did it?!

  3. Jack

    August 4, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Wow dave@shepton must be a really angry Man U fan

  4. Premierleaguered

    August 4, 2010 at 1:21 am

    People Shitty won’t win anything this season ,I see them struggling to find a place in Top 6.They have the money to buy Top players and not the history to buy Top Top players ,who can really bring a change in the team.Moreover these top players joined city only for the huge ransoms they got and not to win trophies ,for ex Barcelona is a better team for YaYa than Manchester City.They too have a problem ,they can’t play together ,evidence American Tour.

    • lewis

      August 4, 2010 at 6:32 am

      by the way u call us shitty, u must be a united fan … u see us struggling to be in top six.. this is just wishfull thinking on ur part, we have billions (not millions) of pounds to spend and every other club is jelous of us and only want us to fail… the club and the players know this and it will only make them more enthusiastic towards the cause than ever… and about the american tour .. did silva go ? did tevez go ? did kolarov and boateng go ? we played with the kids and a few senior players, and who cares for friendly’s anyway when the prem starts thats when we start and believe me we will start. good players dont just come for money (albeit crazy as it is) they want to win trophies, u show me a top player who is content with winning fuck all and i will show my arse on the town hall steps!!…. so il say it again , we will give it a ryte go this season and all u other paupers are just jelous cos the good sheikh didn’t choose ur club .. and to any united fans out their… ur broke hahahaha u couldnt afford joe cole on a free !! good luck …

      • Premierleaguered

        August 5, 2010 at 1:22 am

        Why should we ,as a United fan be jealous of you.We have won more trophies than you ,to be precise you have won nothing in 34 years.What you said ,show me a player who has won trophies and remained at the same club.I have players to show you ,who have dedicated their lives to their club.There are Ryan Giggs ,Paul Scholes ,Xavi ,Maldini and the list goes on.We too played your B team and youngsters in American tour and we didn’t look like your team.We did miss Rooney ,Evra ,valencia ,Vidic, Carrick etc etc.What’s your reply??

        • Premierleaguered

          August 5, 2010 at 1:53 am

          Edit: I always felt happy that your headless sheikh didn’t choose your club ,if he had done it ,he would have ruined your club culture and tradition.

  5. Rob McCluskey

    August 3, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Problem is with City’s millions, its giving too many managers a chance to mould their own team, Mancini needs a few seasons to settle, he’s obviously trying to get in as many of the players he wants right now.

    Bit like Real Madrid really, so many different managers with so much money to buy big names and then look at Barca who have a team that has settled over a number of years and coaches that are given years and lots of time.

    I don’t think city will win it this year though, I do reckon theres a good chance they’ll get champ league spot

  6. Monster Blue

    August 3, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Eric let me explain something to a uninformed TW@T City have baught aound 150 acres next to Eastlands which will be developed with a £ 1 BILLION investment, All rentals and income that comes in from this development under section 6 clause 5 is classed as club earning. So our income and profit will be as much as half the prem teams put together. (Top half)
    This is a 10 year project and an ongoing buisness therefor after, above and beyond any football club in the world.
    City is there focus in this and they will suceed weather it will be this season or the next 1-2, it will happen.
    So everybody els on this comment page please inform me of facts not about CITYS past history…..CTID
    Oh and your right we havnt proved anything yet but people have SAT UP AND TAKEN NOTICE BECAUSE WE ARE COMING !

  7. William Anttila

    August 3, 2010 at 6:47 pm


  8. KMD

    August 3, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    I’ll believe it when I see it. Everyone had them pegged to fight for the title last year and they didn’t even qualify for the UCL. It takes more than a bunch big names to win the league, and Citeh haven’t proven anything to this point to warrant such high praise.

    • BBC

      August 3, 2010 at 8:29 pm

      No one had them fighting for the title last year.

      • Huh

        August 4, 2010 at 11:13 am

        KMD, I may look a bit silly here but what is the UCL?

        • The Gaffer

          August 4, 2010 at 12:40 pm

          Huh, UEFA Champions League.

          The Gaffer

  9. eric

    August 3, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    great article. shows how stupid city’s owners are. let’s see how well they do when the new financial rules kick in a couple years from now. Clubs must turn a profit means city are screwed!

    • Huh

      August 4, 2010 at 11:10 am

      Not thought to much about this have u Eric. How may companies do u think the Sheik and his mates own? Now how hard would it be for him to bring say 4 or 5 £100 million sponsership deals to City? I’m sorry for upsetting your bitter little fantasy but jog on eh!

  10. dave@shepton

    August 3, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Stupid article. Learn grammar and syntax pal, then we might be able to understand what you are talking about.

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