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Manchester City Is On The Verge Of Becoming the Preeminent Club In Europe

Fact or Fiction: With the recent signings of Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri, Manchester City are on the verge of overtaking the likes of Barcelona and Manchester United as the preeminent club on the continent.

Fiction. Although Manchester City is a very talented club, we are still talking about Barcelona here.  City does have depth, but Barcelona and United can match them player for player. Plus, Barcelona has the experience of playing together in the biggest of matches.  We are still unsure on how City will adapt when the fixture list becomes crowded and they are forced to play talented clubs on a consistent basis.  City fans should expect that the Citzens will make a deep run in the Champions League, but to think they will overtake Barcelona or United is a bit premature…. for now.

What do you think, is it fact or fiction that Manchester City is on the brink of surpassing Barcelona and Manchester United as the top club in Europe?

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  1. Marvin

    September 4, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I just want City to be the preeminent club in Manchester. Being better than United is more important to me. We are well on our way to make it happen. Last season we beat them in the FA Cup semis and ended up with the trophy. This season I’m hoping we can better them in the league.

    • Shmeedy24685

      September 4, 2011 at 11:58 am

      Yeah i agree but being the Preeminent club in Europe would also mean over taking united! Which is what all city fans want!

  2. Jason

    September 4, 2011 at 7:31 am

    City don’t need a great defence given the players they have that can score. From Yaya Toure to Tevez they have goalscorers all over the place. That’s why they are going to be difficult to shut out this season.

    Mancini is a terrific coach and he is instilling confidence in his squad and making them believe they can win against any team anywhere. Their demolition of Spurs is an example. Last season he would have gone there with a defensive mind-set but given the goalscorers he now has all over the pitch he can afford to make tactical changes with an attacking mindset. City and United are going to battle it out for the title and if City can finish ahead of United it will make them the best club in the EPL and that will go a long way in getting them to be one of the top club’s in Europe. They have to win the EPL title first.

  3. mcfan-kun16

    September 4, 2011 at 4:07 am

    and Balotelli

  4. mcfan-kun16

    September 4, 2011 at 4:05 am

    Mancini’s main problem? Defense.

  5. MG

    September 3, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    To be honest, I wouldn’t mind if City become the preeminent club, if that means that the ridiculous Man United dominance would come to an end. I don’t even particularly hate Man United (well that’s a lie) but the dominance is getting a bit inane. It’s about time another club came in and shook things up a bit, even if it’s the result of billionaire assistance.

  6. Jasonlee

    September 3, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    I agree with Harry that City have to win the EPL title and CL, and more than once to become the top club in Europe.

    Right now it is fiction. But they have the capability to make it a fact. Long way to go though.

  7. Harry

    September 3, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Before you can become the preeminent club in Europe you have to be the best club in your own league. If City can win the EPL title, which is within them given their squad strength, and they continue to win trophies, especially winning a CL trophy, then I can see them becoming the preeminent club in Europe. It takes time. They also have to do it on a consistent basis. Last year’s FA Cup win showed that City have the talent to win trophies. Winning the EPL title will take them to the next level. Then they have to win the CL trophy. Long way to go but well within their reach with the squad strength and money at their disposal. Time will tell.

  8. Phil Sandifer

    September 3, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Fiction. Big money big star clubs don’t work. Yeah, they’ll win some silverware. But in both the EPL and La Liga, we’ve had years of battles between well-funded clubs of superstars (Chelsea and Real Madrid) and clubs that, while fantastically wealthy, spend less (though still a lot) and focus more on building a team with a clear playing philosophy and a clear longterm strategy (Manchester United and Barcelona). And in both leagues, the clubs that spend less have mopped the floor with the clubs that spend more in the long term. Yeah, Chelsea and Real have some silverware. But the fact of the matter is, big money clubs with short term strategies don’t win.

    • Why?

      September 6, 2011 at 2:27 pm

      Just a quick one for ya Phil, the big money club of the 80’s was
      Utd and your theory is right as they didn’t do much with the money.
      But they were also the big money club of the 90’s, It’s here where
      your theory falls flat on it’s face as they cleaned up. How do you
      explain this in line with your theory? In fact they were also the
      big money club the first three years of the 00’s same outcome. I
      would love your opinion on this and like to know how it went wrong
      when it was Utd spending big except the 80‘s of course.

  9. SoccerLimey

    September 3, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Total rubbish.

    Ask this question in 2-3 years and we’ll look and see if City have won anything. They rightfully are in the top 4 teams in England currently, but the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and United have consistently performed at the highest level in the Premier League and the latter stages of the champions League.

    When City can do that we’ll re-evaluate.

    I’m still waiting for an all-out brawl to break out on their bench when Tevez doesn’t get to start this year.

  10. Dlink04

    September 2, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Let’s wait until dec to see where they are..

  11. QPR_Fan

    September 2, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    If City wins the Champions League (who knows), then yes, there is a power shift there. It’s a long shot. But if it happens… whoa.

    • MUFC77

      September 3, 2011 at 10:54 am

      How does winning one champions league or even a premier league equal a power shift?

      • QPR_Fan

        September 5, 2011 at 7:04 am

        Well… not a power shift but maybe a start or a peek to City’s dominance?

        How did Barca rise as a dominant club?

    • RBP

      September 4, 2011 at 12:59 am

      Liverpool agrees

  12. paul mccartney

    September 2, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    sure, citeh are off to a flying start and look untouchable, but so were cheatski at this time last season – what did they win?

    fact or fiction? well, as the song goes, “city are sh*te and that’s a fact.”

    • Shmeedy24685

      September 3, 2011 at 7:40 am

      We ain’t Sh*te, at the moment we are playing just as good as United, Real Madrid & Barcelona! keeping it up will be hard, but with the squad we have we can win the league & at least challenge in the CL!!

  13. m

    September 2, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Noone can say that city ‘bought’ their success because if u look at united :
    Rooney-30m,nani-16,de gea-20,ferdinand-30,anderson-around 20? ,young-16,berba-30.
    Every team buys big,even barca spent a lot on 2 players this window and city will slow down with the spending now since they have a young deep squad.
    I think they could progress to the semis in the cl IF the knockout draw is easy on them.Besides united,madrid,barca i think they could beat and match up to anyone

    • Phil Sandifer

      September 3, 2011 at 6:19 pm

      You’re right. What’s different are two things.

      1) For all that Barcelona and Manchester United spend, Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Manchester City spend more and have much larger wage bills.

      2) Manchester United and Barcelona buy good players, usually young, and mould them to their tactics and method of play. The other three buy stars and wrap their strategies around the stars. Chelsea is beginning to change in this regard under Villas-Boas, and that’s good for both them and the game, but it’s still a big difference.

      In essence, it’s the difference between spending a lot to win and coming up with a good long-term strategy for victory and then spending what it takes to execute it.

      • S.mouse!

        September 3, 2011 at 10:51 pm

        phil if u knew anything about man city you would already be aware of the long term strategy but your a retard with no real knowledge

        • Phil Sandifer

          September 4, 2011 at 10:35 pm

          If they had a long term strategy, they wouldn’t have been scrambling to unload over a hundred million pounds worth of unwanted signings from the last two years this summer. Piling up half a dozen unwanted strikers is not what you do when you have a longterm strategy. It’s what you do when you’re buying to buy.

          • Why?

            September 5, 2011 at 9:46 am

            So how would you have took a team from mid table to the top six then Genius?
            They are not scrambling to do anything of the sort, they simply don‘t need to! Mancini has bought 3 strikers the others are from a previous manager and with the exception of Tevez no longer wanted as they did they job they were needed for and have been replaced by much better players. Which is clearly part of the strategy you in your wisdom thinks doesn’t exist! City’s strategy that they apparently don’t have has put them in joint 2nd place within 2 and a half years of full spending and put them second favourite for the title this year you plum lol. Don’t you remember all the ‘City’s defence is awful they’ll never win anything’ or ‘money won’t get them in the top 4’ well that’s right money didn‘t it was money, a great Manager (not Hughes) and Man City’s 10 year strategy that has. Can you see their strategy? what you gonna say bitter? They were lucky? Lol

          • Phil Sandifer

            September 5, 2011 at 2:24 pm

            I’m sorry, you’re really asking how I’d take a mid table team to the top six?

            Ask Harry Redknapp, who got Tottenham Hotspur to the Champions League two years after they finished 11th.

            Or, for a near enough feat, ask Roy Hodgson how he got Fulham from relegation contenders to 7th.

            You might also want to look at Blackburn’s one year jump from 15th to 6th in 2005-06.

            All for a hell of a lot cheaper than City did it. So no – the City program, which is in no way synonymous with the Mancini program, did not do anything that other clubs haven’t done for a fraction of the cost in terms of dramatic improvement. So City have spent wildly more than is necessary to achieve what they’ve done, generally with massive churn in the squad year over year. How exactly does this look like long term planning instead of constant panic?

          • Why?

            September 5, 2011 at 5:00 pm

            Give it up mate, Spurs were not a mid table team they might have finished out of the top 6 say 3 time out of the last 7 years? Where as City finished in the top 10 what twice if that in the yearrs before the new investment. Spurs have spent a fortune they spent £119.3m in the year ending June 2009 so much for that eh mate! Back to the drawing board. LOL.

  14. CelticsBlues

    September 2, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    I appreciate the posting simply b/c it served it’s purpose – get some banter going in the comments section.

    I think the one thing that we lack, and is overlooked simply b/c we have such talented individuals that can win matches, is our lack of a consistent style of play / system. With Man U and Barca, when they need to slot in new players or they are down a goal, they can always resort to their style of play / system to work through tough times. The vision that Mancini has had is much more apparent this season with the quality of players we have, but is still not ingrained in the culture of our squad. Style of play / system is what allows teams with less talented individuals to play above their level. Once we get this, then combined with our deeply talented squad, then I see no why we can’t begin to win convincingly in England and in Europe. But that will take time, and I will be watching, waiting, and taking no shit from all the haters out there.

  15. BD

    September 2, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    How is this even an article? Way to go, Captain Obvious. Of course, it’s premature. THE GROUP STAGES HAVEN’T EVEN STARTED YET.

    Gaffer, I am going to write your next “article”. Fact or fiction? Lukaku could be the next Drogba. Or how about this one? Fact or fiction? Liverpool are on the brink of being Premier League champions.


  16. Evan

    September 2, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    How about this for strength in depth?













    Our B team could qualify for Europe.

    • Phil Sandifer

      September 3, 2011 at 6:20 pm

      So could the B team of any team capable of winning the Champions League. That’s what distinguishes a team that qualifies from a team that can win.

      That said, I think your B team has a weak defense.

    • Phil Sandifer

      September 3, 2011 at 6:28 pm

      And on a similar note, I think a lot has to be said for the degree to which Manchester United have simply discarded the notion of a B-Team. There are a handful of positions with clear pecking orders – Evra at left back, Rooney’s strike position, and Vidic in central defense being the most obvious. But in most others it’s tough to definitively say what the A-Team player is. Nani, Valencia, and Young are all regular starters. Hernandez, Berbatov, and increasingly Wellbeck are all equally likely second strikers. And United’s central midfield is entirely up for grabs in a given game. That kind of squad depth – where instead of having a really good second tier you have a really massive first tier – is pretty unique.

      • Why?

        September 3, 2011 at 7:11 pm

        What are you on about ‘B teams’ City don’t sign ‘young’ players Chelsea and Madrid haven’t won much? What a load of tosh!

        • Why?

          September 3, 2011 at 7:25 pm

          Heres Utd second best ‘B team’

          Tomasz Kuszczak,
          Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling, Fábio,
          Ryan Giggs, Park Ji-Sung, Michael Carrick, Nani,
          Michael Owen, Javier Hernández

          Mostly the others will get in first Valancia will go in before Nani and Berbatov ahead of Hernandez unless there has been a problem and they want rid of Berba. How have they ‘discarded the notion of a B-Team.’? It’s not called that but it’s still there just like City’s you can exchange Dzeko with Tevez, Kolo with Lescott or Johnson with Nasri and not even blink, I just don’t get what you are trying to say.

          • Phil Sandifer

            September 4, 2011 at 10:42 pm

            Nani, Carrick, and Hernandez are B team? Despite Nani and Hernandez being regularly picked over Valencia and Berbatov, and Carrick and Anderson having about an equal number of starts?

            Interesting interpretation…

          • Phil Sandifer

            September 5, 2011 at 9:33 am

            But to clear up what I’m trying to say, I’m pretty sure Manchester United had the highest rate of squad rotation in the league last season. Which is what I was pointing out – “Strong B Team” is great, and every good squad has one, but there are more impressive tiers of “strong squad” than that.

          • Why?

            September 5, 2011 at 10:11 am

            City used 34 players last season Utd 32 to my knowledge this correct. So some much for Utd rotate more as well. I pretty sure your wrong on this to wow you’re really going for it aren’t you LOL.

        • Phil Sandifer

          September 4, 2011 at 10:40 pm

          Well, let’s see:

          Chelsea’s trophy haul from the last five years: One league title, three FA Cups, one Carling Cup. 5 total, all of them domestic.

          Real Madrid: Two league titles, one domestic cup. 3 total, all of them domestic.

          Barcelona: Three league titles, one domestic cup, two Champions Leagues. 6 total, two of which were European.

          Manchester United: Four league titles, two Carling Cups, one Champions League. 7 total, one European.

          So yes. Demonstrably the big-money tactics of Chelsea and Real Madrid that Manchester City are aping are not as effective as the tactics of Barcelona and Manchester United. Big money has not won Champions League in the last five years, and is less skilled at domestic honors.

          As for B teams… because I was replying to a comment about B teams?

          • Why?

            September 5, 2011 at 9:24 am

            Valencia is preferred to Nani, only injuries have stopped this. Last time Valencia was fit he was straight in the team and Nani gave way that’s why Valencia is first choice. Berbatov made 33 starts last year Hernadez making 27 also making Berbatov first choice. Not really that interesting at all when you look at the facts is it?

            I was just letting you know Utd also have a ‘B team’ they don’t call it this but neither do City. Evan is only doing it cos it came to him at that time he could have said anything I.e team 1 or 2 at either. You could mix the two teams he has put out and both will still be strong teams 1 and A if it makes it easier for you to understand! It’s just a way of saying we have two teams worth of players that are top quality!

            Have Madrid and Chelsea only been spending big over the last five years???? Why would you try to knock off years ignoring when they started spending big? That seems awfully convenient for you argument! Any fool can see what you are trying to do, were Chelsea not spending in 2003 after Roman’s take over and try the last 12 year of Perez’s Galacticos. What you have tried here is a desperate attempt to make it appear as if you’re easily correct how very dishonest you are in trying to prove this point!

            Madrid 4 titles 2 champs leagues. Barca 5 titles and 3 champs leagues not that different after all eh?

            Chelsea 2003 on wards; Titles 3 FA cup 3 League cup 2. That’s 7 major honours

            Utd 2003 onwards: Titles 4 FA cup 1 League cup 3 Champs league 1 That’s 9 major honours a massive difference of 2!

            You are going on as if these club have battered their rivals and haven’t spent a fortune, which they clearly did not and clearly have!
            Those big money tactics as you call them are also being used by both Utd and Barca why do people go on as if Utd don’t spend massively? Do you think Rooney, Berbatov, Ferdinand came for nothing??? How much was Jones, Young and De Gea? How about Sanchez, Fabregras and Alves were these free transfers? Some Utd fans view the world from within their own little red tinted bubble they are funny as fuxk!

          • Phil Sandifer

            September 5, 2011 at 2:31 pm

            I took the last five because the game has changed a lot in five years, and grabbing older data has rapidly diminishing returns. Five years seemed a more than fair comparison – if it hasn’t worked well in the last five years, it can safely be said not to be working very well.

            And I struggle to come up with any way to convincingly argue that the Madrid Galacticos programs have ever worked. In fact, they’ve had two high profile failures with increased success coming when much more conservative managers – Capello and Mourinho – were brought in and began dismantling the Galacticos.

            So yes. What I am saying remains true – smaller spending clubs that buy players to fit their tactics do better than big money superstar clubs, and long-term continuity of approach, whether via United’s managerial stability or Barcelona’s use of the club infrastructure to maintain a consistent set of tactics that goes from the first team down to the academy, when wedded to a “spend what it takes” approach instead of a “spend what we can” approach, works better than any other strategy for running a club out there.

          • Why?

            September 5, 2011 at 5:16 pm

            No you said the big spending, (that both Utd and Barca have done by the way) didn’t work. The Big spending Started in 2003 with Chelsea and 2000 with Madrid and they have not been much different to Utd and Barca, but it’s your choice to take the least successful periods to help your argument that is sneaky and that’s as clear as day! Funny really.
            You do realise that the only reason Utd aren’t spending as much as they did is because they are in a world of debt it’s not like their being careful or caring for the soul of the game fighting the good fight lol. Look at the biggest spenders in the last 25 years I’ll bet you Utd take the most years by far! They are skint not but can still manage £50m every few of years to keep them up there.

  17. canyid

    September 2, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    For all clubs:

    Finances > Management

  18. Matt T.

    September 2, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Fiction, for now. But, since they have basically unlimited funds, it’s only a matter of time.

  19. DUMBO

    September 2, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    …..and again…..

    i give up.

  20. DUMBO

    September 2, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    welp…..that post didn’t work out.

    Yaya Pedro
    Tevez — Sanchez

  21. DUMBO

    September 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Here’s my completely anti-scientific observation that contains hundreds of flaws but happens to be a quite enjoyable exercise:

    ManCity vs. FCB (We’ll use Earth’s best team.)

    Hart > Valdez
    Richards < Alves
    Kolo < Puyol
    Kompany < Pique
    Clichy — Abidal
    De Jong < Busquets
    Yaya Pedro
    Aguero < Messi
    Dzeko — Villa

    Lescott < Mascherano
    Kolarov — Adriano
    Barry — Keita
    Milner < Fabregas
    Johnson — Thiago
    Balotelli Afellay

    • R2Dad

      September 2, 2011 at 2:35 pm

      your fun exercise excuses the issue of team chemistry.
      MC < Barca in this regard.
      How about Mancini < Guardiola ?

      • Alan Knut

        September 2, 2011 at 6:21 pm

        City has amazing team chemistry. I know Barca’s is on another level, but this City squad in the past year has really come together and bonded. It is something truly special that doesn’t happen often in professional sports.

        And as for the coaches, I think Mancini is the best coach for City and Guardiola the best coach for Barca.

        Dumbo left out Silva. The most important part of City’s machine. I think he could start replace Pedro and they’d be just as good if not better. Different players that play the same position. And in regards to that post, I think Barry is better than Keita, Thiago is certain better than Johnson(one of my favorite players), Dzeko over Villa based on how Barca uses Villa and Dzeko’s amazing work this season. Abidal is better than Clichy as well but Kolarov is better going forward than either than them. And I’m a huge Dani Alves fan, but he hasn’t been in great form recently. I honestly think Richards is playing better than Alves at the moment, but that doesn’t mean Richards is better than Alves… Xavi and Iniesta also missing from that list. They win any battle. Although… Iniesta and Silva… I think they are pretty even in passing skill and vision. Silva is starting to show an eye for goal so he could match Iniesta in that realm soon.


      September 3, 2011 at 6:27 am

      it should be
      DE JONG

    • S.mouse!

      September 3, 2011 at 10:44 pm

      tevez? pique isnt better than kompany…..silva disappeared or something?

  22. Ray

    September 2, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    When Barca face MCFC Barca will have all their best players rested because you don’t need to always play your best in La Liga. MCFC will have Dzeco and Nasri injured, De Jong and Toure suspended, etc. City will lose. Not cause they’re worse, but because the two top La Liga teams ave always had the advantage of coming from a relatively weak league.

    • R2Dad

      September 2, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      I believe it is not just the relative strength of Barca vs La Liga but also the level of Spanish refereeing which protects players from excessive force that allows Barca to step up for the big CL matches. MCFC players will be injured, due to PL referees refusing to eject players for tackles involving excessive force.

      • Why?

        September 2, 2011 at 3:05 pm

        Ray I’d put money on that with any book maker and your bound to will clean up! Are you psychic?
        Then again what if your psychic powers let you down and it’s Messi and Villa injured with Iniesta and Xavi suspended while Busquets is abducted by aliens with City at full strength what then?

        • S.mouse!

          September 3, 2011 at 10:40 pm

          damn dzeko injured i wish there was someone to repalce him ..”oh hello carlos” psychics are mainstream

  23. DoublePivot

    September 2, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    You need to start studying what Barcelona is doing to understand that this FM mentality is 20 years behind them. They have vision and system and they thinking about the game like Einstein. The rest of our clubs think about it like neanderthals.

    Your club is good. But just like you replaced Chelsea, in two years you will be replaced by PSG. And two years after that somebody else. Meanwhile teams with vision, no matter their spending will continue to dominate. Teams with money will give them the trouble and will win things, but until you start employing more than just a checkbook, you can’t truly reach the pinnacle.

    Just for note, I just wish my club had such vision, but they don’t.

    • BigTimeBlue

      September 2, 2011 at 1:37 pm

      This is incorrect. PSG and such will never be able to follow our footsteps due to financial fair play. City made their move on the top four at the perfect time to just about avoid FFP.

      • Jack Tomczuk

        September 2, 2011 at 9:44 pm

        If you FFP believe will stop new money from entering the game, I have a bridge to sell you.

        • Jack Tomczuk

          September 2, 2011 at 10:29 pm

          We all know that loopholes will be found in FFP, and Manchester City have already done it with their sponsorship deal. I will have to see FFP work to believe it. And I hope it does because it would benefit my club, Arsenal, greatly.

          As far as Manchester City being the best club in Europe, they will have to prove it first. They have won their first few games but they need to win titles year after year before I would consider them up with United, Barcelona, and Real Madrid. It looks good on paper, but we will just have to wait and see.

          • Quis

            September 3, 2011 at 5:17 am

            I have a better offer here, beach front property in Libya… cheap…

  24. Irish Red

    September 2, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Such a stoopid article. Waste of KB

  25. Purdman

    September 2, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    player for player I think Man City is tops.

    Sure, Barca have top notch guys like Messi, Villa, Sanchez, Fabregas, etc.

    Sure Man U have Rooney, Chicharito, Young, Nani, etc.

    But City can match thos names with Aguero, Dzeko, Silva, Yaya, Nasri.

    Plus City have the strength in depth to overmatch the other powers, with world class backups like Balotelli, Johnson, Milner, Kolo Toure, Barry, Tevez, Clichy/Kolarov, Zabaleta… I don’t think the other teams can match that.

    • Alan Knut

      September 2, 2011 at 12:49 pm

      I agree about City’s depth. Barca just doesn’t have that depth and it has shown. They don’t need the same depth in Spain though and the arrival of Cesc, emergence of Thiago, and Sanchez is huge for that team. ManU has good depth, but I don’t think their first team is on the same level as City. A big deal is made about their youth, but City has a very young squad as well. ManU play best as a team though, that is their strength.

      Silva, I think, is just absolutely one of the best players on the planet. City are not half the team without him, and Silva is one reason I think City can even be considered among the best teams in Europe.

  26. Landon

    September 2, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I think Citeh can surpass United soon enough, maybe not this season but the next and Ferguson can’t go on forever whereas it looks like Citeh are content to let Mancini build a long-term empire after not pressing panic buttons when it got ugly with him.

    But Barcelona are a once in a lifetime team and I doubt Citeh can match them any time soon. Real Madrid keep trying and trying but failing even under Mourinho. Curiously enough Mourinho’s Inter DID beat Barca in a culture where being negative and defensive is deemed acceptable – he can’t do it so freely at Real and it is showing.

    So even though Mancini has freed his players to attack now if they ever play Barca I could see him playing like Inter, cynical but effective tactics.

  27. Adam

    September 2, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    MCFC is clearly the greatest team in the world! After all, they beat Bolton 3-2. An unforgettable result!

    • Why?

      September 2, 2011 at 12:51 pm

      Don’t be so stupid Adam! Don’t you even remember Utd Smashed the mighty West Brom 2-1 with a great own goal this was far superior. Think again my friend!!! lol

  28. Femi Oye

    September 2, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    It’s definately fictional thinking City will overtake Barca et al, though there is no doubt they are a tough match for any club. The club still need enough playing times together, City is definately a club to watch out for this season.

  29. Yespage

    September 2, 2011 at 11:57 am

    I’d say less “fiction” and more “strawman”. Is anyone claiming Man City is tops of Europe? Simply put, Man City is untested at this point, and I don’t think anyone thinks otherwise. Time will tell where Man. City will finish in the EPL and the Champions League.

  30. Eric

    September 2, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Damn, three matches into the season and it seems as if so many people have lost the plot.

    The POTENTIAL for City is obvious, however when it’s ‘squeaky bum time’ and grinding out 3 points under pressure after midweek matches is where it’ll show. We’ll find out in the next calendar year.

    When talent doesn’t work hard or work at all, hard work and persistence will always prevail. Manchester United have shown this, Barcelona, Real Madrid/Chelsea (to an extent).

  31. Practice Cone

    September 2, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Even as a die-hard MCFC fan I have to agree that this is “fiction” with the key point being that City still has a lot to prove. City have a tough group in Champions League and if they can win that group and make a deep run into at least the semi-finals then we can start talking about equaling the likes of Man U and Barca. Even with all of the scoring this season City still needs to work on “making it look easy” like the previously mentioned teams do day in and day out. Let’s revisit this after the season to see where MCFC find a place in the European Club elite.

  32. Purdman

    September 2, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I think City will win the Premier League, the Champions League, and maybe go undefeated this season.

    • Shmeedy24685

      September 2, 2011 at 3:59 pm

      Nah that would be too hard, not impossible but would be so hard!

  33. bluemoon70

    September 2, 2011 at 11:40 am

    I don’t think Man City surpassing Barcelona or Manchester United would be possible in the very near future. Rivaling them, however, is something I see as attainable.

    • MUFC77

      September 2, 2011 at 12:13 pm

      Agree 100%

    • Shmeedy24685

      September 2, 2011 at 3:59 pm

      Won’t happen anytime soon, as long as city give the champions league ago then i’d be happy with that, i’m not expecting us too win it because Barcelona are just out of this world at the moment. If City get in the quaters i’d be very happy as we have no experience in the competition whats so ever, give it a bit of time & then maybe we can win it, but not for at least 3 years i think!

  34. brn442

    September 2, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Matt – I think you need to adjust your medicine.

    • The Gaffer

      September 2, 2011 at 11:42 am

      brn442, Matt agrees that City is not there yet, which is why he said it’s fiction, not fact.

      The Gaffer

      • brn442

        September 2, 2011 at 4:04 pm

        Gaffer, apologies to Matt then but to even ask the question, made me a bit emotional.

  35. Burr

    September 2, 2011 at 11:37 am

    I’m not sure anyone, even city fans, truly believe that they are now the best team in all of europe. Yes, talent wise they are in the top 5, maybe top 4. But I think its premature for anyone to think a team that is playing CL for the first time in ages is the best team in all of Europe/the world. Sort of a ridiculous claim and article, frankly.

    • S.mouse!

      September 3, 2011 at 10:33 pm

      the phrase on the verge doesnt register with u does it burr

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