Bluemoon-MCFC Article Feeds 'No Such Things as Omens, Fairies, UFOs and Ghosts' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2696 Fri, 27 Nov 2020 09:33:28 GMT 1 Why aren't City scoring like they used to? Plus: Interview with ex-assistant manager, Mark Bowen This week:
- Why aren't City finding the net like they used to?
- What does Phil Foden need to do to get more time on the field?
- Former assistant manager, Mark Bowen, discusses joining the club
- Previewing Burnley and Porto
- Howard Hockin on Pep's new contract and Diego Maradona



Season 13, Episode 13: No Such Things as Omens, Fairies, UFOs and Ghosts
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Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City preview: Sterling and Aguero available for Spurs clash http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2695 Fri, 20 Nov 2020 15:03:34 GMT 4 Fernandinho (gastroenteritis) and Nathan Ake (hamstring injury) miss trip to London Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 5.30pm, Saturday 21st November 2020

Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London

Referee: Michael Dean Assistants: D Cann, D Robathan Fourth Official: A Madley

Odds: Spurs 3/1, Draw 3/1, City 4/5

TV: Sky Sports

Tottenham Hotspur

Manager: Jose Mourinho

Squad (from): Lloris, Hart, Gazzaniga, Reguilon, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Rodon, Aurier, Tanganga, Davies, Hojbjerg, Winks, Dier, Sissoko, Lo Celso, Alli, Ndombele, Gedson, Son, Bale, Kane, Bergwijn, Moura, Vinicius

Injured: Lamela, Doherty

Doubtful: Ndombele, Bergwijn, Tanganga

Suspended: None

Form guide: WLWWW

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Steffen, Carson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko, Laporte, Cancelo, Garcia, Gundogan, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Silva, Foden, Sterling, Jesus, Aguero, Torres, Mahrez

Injured: Mendy, Ake, Fernandinho

Doubtful: Aguero, Sterling

Suspended: None

Form guide: DWWWD

Nathan Ake, Fernandinho and Benjamin Mendy all miss out through injury as City head to London to face a resurgent Spurs side. Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero both trained today and are likely to be involved in the matchday squad.

“Except for Nathan and Fernandinho, the rest have started to come back,” Guardiola said at his pre-match press conference.

“Fernandinho is not fit. He has a bit of gastroenteritis, something in his stomach.

“Sergio trained this week. Raheem trained for the first time today with the team.”

City's manager has been impressed with the start that Spurs have made this season, and is expecting a tough game against his old adversary Jose Mourinho.

“The numbers speak for themselves,” said Guardiola.

“They dropped points against West Ham and Newcastle in the last minute. Imagine the points if they hadn't.

“The quality was always there. They qualified for the Champions League for four or five years and reached the final.

“They have been a good team since Pochettino took over. It is a fantastic squad.”

City lost their last away game at Spurs 2-0, courtesy of goals from Steven Bergwijn and Son Heung-Min. Overall City have won 63 of the 161 games played against Tottenham, with 36 draws and 62 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Dias, Cancelo, Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Torres, Sterling, Jesus

Score prediction: Spurs 2 City 1

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'Rebels Against the Empire' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2694 Fri, 20 Nov 2020 11:32:21 GMT 1 Guardiola staying put, the rivalry with Spurs - plus City vs Roy Keane & Javier Tebas This week:
- Reaction to Guardiola's contract extension
- Previewing City's trip to Spurs - with Jack from the Rule the Roost Podcast
- Examining the rivalry with Spurs from 2010-2011
- OptaJoe/Duncan Alexander looks at City's chance-creation
- City vs Roy Keane and Javier Tebas



Season 13, Episode 12: Rebels Against the Empire
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Guardiola signs new City contract http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2693 Thu, 19 Nov 2020 15:55:11 GMT 1 Two-year extension will see manager stay at The Etihad until 2023 Pep Guardiola has signed a new two-year extension to his contract that will see him stay at The Etihad until 2023, the club confirmed today.

His current deal was due to expire at the end of this season, but Guardiola maintained that he would extend his stay if the club felt it was deserved.

It will take his time at the club to seven years, far exceeding his spells in charge of Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Under his stewardship the Blues have won eight trophies, making him the most successful manager in the club's history.

Chairman Khaldoon Mubarak said: “It is testament to the qualities of the man that Pep Guardiola’s passion and intelligent approach are now woven into the very fabric of the football we play and our culture as Club.  That impact has been central to our success during his tenure and it is why I am delighted that he shares our view that there is so much more to be achieved both on and off the field.

“Pep’s contract extension is the natural next step in a journey which has evolved over many years.  It is a product of the mutual trust and respect that exists between him and the entire Club.  It also goes to the stability and creativity at the heart of our football operations.  Importantly it is a validation of the football structure and philosophy that has been built over more than a decade and to which he has contributed so much.

“I’m sure all City fans share my delight in this new agreement and in anticipating the exciting opportunities that, with continued hard work, are there to be taken.”

Guardiola himself added: “Ever since I arrived at Manchester City I have been made to feel so welcome in the Club and in the city itself- from the players, the staff, the supporters, the people of Manchester and the Chairman and Owner.  Since then we have achieved a great deal together, scored goals, won games and trophies, and we are all very proud of that success.

“Having that kind of support is the best thing any manager can have. I have everything I could possibly want to do my job well and I am humbled by the confidence the Owner, Chairman, Ferran and Txiki have shown in me to continue for two more years after this season.

“The challenge for us is to continue improving and evolving, and I am very excited and about helping Manchester City do that.”

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'Weird Butterflies' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2692 Fri, 13 Nov 2020 15:50:11 GMT 1 A good point or two dropped against Liverpool? Plus: Kit Symons interview (part two) This week:
- A good point or two dropped against Liverpool?
- Why can't City still score from the spot?!
- Kit Symons interview (part two)
- Howard Hockin on the 'pointless' internationals
- Is there something to be said for the 'bad old days'?


Season 13, Episode 11: Weird Butterflies
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Manchester City vs Liverpool preview: Aguero misses out again through injury http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2687 Fri, 06 Nov 2020 16:17:28 GMT 4 Fernandinho and Benjamin Mendy also unavailable as Blues take on league leaders Manchester City vs Liverpool

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 4.30pm, Sunday 8th November 2020

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Craig Pawson Assistants: L Betts, R West Fourth Official: A Marriner

Odds: City 21/20, Draw 12/5, Liverpool 3/1

TV: Sky Sports

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Steffen, Carson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Ake, Zinchenko, Laporte, Cancelo, Garcia, Gundogan, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Silva, Foden, Sterling, Jesus, Torres, Mahrez

Injured: Mendy, Fernandinho, Aguero

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WDWWW

Liverpool

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Squad (from): Alisson, Adrian, Kelleher, Gomez, Tsimikas, Robertson, Matip, Williams, Phillips, Alexander-Arnold, Wijnaldum, Thiago, Milner, Keita, Henderson, Jones, Shaqiri, Firmino, Mane, Salah, Minamino, Jota, Origi

Injured: Van Dijk, Fabinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain

Doubtful: Thiago

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWWW

City will be without Sergio Aguero for the visit of Liverpool this weekend. The Argentine has resumed training after missing the last three games with an injury sustained against West Ham, but won't be risked by Pep Guardiola. Fernandinho and Benjamin Mendy are also missing, but City's manager is relishing the challenge of taking on the league leaders.

“It is always nice to play against the strongest teams possible,” Guardiola said.

“Last year they were stronger. They have been an exceptional team for a long time, with an exceptional manager. It is nice to face them to improve our level.

“When you play against teams like Liverpool and other teams you always have moments where you have to suffer. We know it. We have to do it.

“We’ll try to use it to our strengths as much as possible. We know each other quite well. We have played each other many times.

“There will be up and down moments. We need to take our chances and be clinical.”

City won their last home game against Liverpool 4-0, courtesy of goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and an own goal from Joe Gomez. Overall City have won 49 of the 185 games played against Liverpool, with 46 draws and 90 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Dias, Cancelo, Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Sterling, Jesus

Score prediction: City 1 Liverpool 1

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'Travelling with Only a Toothbrush' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2686 Fri, 06 Nov 2020 09:40:06 GMT 1 Kit Symons interview, previewing Liverpool, City's improved defence and remembering the Thomas Cook Trophy This week:
- City's tighter defence and how they're building from the back
- Interview with former City captain and defender, Kit Symons
- Previewing Liverpool (with Neil Atkinson from The Anfield Wrap)
- Remembering the Thomas Cook Trophy
- City's success in the FA Youth Cup final


Season 13, Episode 10: Travelling with Only a Toothbrush
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City win FA Youth Cup after beating Chelsea http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2685 Tue, 03 Nov 2020 13:34:26 GMT 1 Cole Palmer dedicates winning goal to late ex-team mate Jeremy Wisten City's under-18s have won the FA Youth Cup after beating Chelsea 3-2 at St George's Park on Monday evening.

Cole Palmer scored a dramatic late winner to seal the victory, and dedicated his goal to ex-team mate Jeremy Wisten who sadly passed away last week.

The young Blues dominated the early stages of the game, but fell behind to a goal from Marcel Lewis. James McAtee levelled for City ten minutes before the break, and Morgan Rogers gave a City a deserved lead in the second half. An unfortunate deflection off Taylor Harwood-Bellis saw Chelsea equalise, before Palmer struck minutes from time.

It's only the third time that City have won the trophy, after previous successes in 1986 and 2008, and Pep Guardiola was quick to offer his congratulations:

 'I want to congratulate all the players, as well as Carlos and his staff.

'I thought their performance was outstanding. They showed so much courage and personality – not just in the final but throughout the competition.

'They worked so hard without the ball and when they attacked, they did it with creativity. I was so impressed.

'It is testament to the strength of our Academy right now. There are a lot of very good players coming through.

'Hopefully, they enjoy this achievement and continue to develop because some of them have fantastic futures ahead of them.

'The Academy teaches young players to play the game in the right way and we are seeing the benefit of that at every age group.'

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'Go To Hell' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2684 Fri, 30 Oct 2020 10:26:55 GMT 1 Are City better without inverted wingers? Plus: Insight from Sheff Utd & Olympiacos fans This week:
- Are City better without inverted wingers?
- The longest run of unchanged starting XIs in the Sheikh Mansour era
- Sheffield Utd fan, The Travelling Blade, gives us insight into this weekend's opposition
- Olympiacos podcaster, Lambros Syrmos, discusses City's Champions League opponents
- Why are commentators obsessed with how much City have spent?


Season 13, Episode 9: Go To Hell
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West Ham vs Manchester City preview: De Bruyne and Laporte to return? http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2682 Fri, 23 Oct 2020 17:48:55 GMT 4 Guardiola hopeful that Fernandinho could be back within a month West Ham United vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 12.30pm, Saturday 24th October 2020

Venue: London Stadium, London

Referee: Anthony Taylor Assistants: G Beswick, A Nunn Fourth Official: D Coote

Odds: West Ham 7/1, Draw 17/4, City 5/12

TV: Sky Sports

West Ham

Manager: David Moyes

Squad (from): Fabianski, Martin, Randolph, Cresswell, Balbuena, Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Diop, Masuaku, Cardoso, Lanzini, Snodgrass, Noble, Fornals, Soucek, Rice, Yarmolenko, Benrahma, Bowen, Haller, Antonio

Injured: None

Doubtful: Antonio, Haller

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWDWL

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Steffen, Carson, Walker, Ake, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko, Laporte, Cancelo, Garcia, Gundogan, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Silva, Foden, Sterling, Aguero Torres, Mahrez

Injured: Fernandinho, Mendy, Jesus

Doubtful: De Bruyne, Laporte, Zinchenko

Suspended: None

Form guide: LWDWW

City are hoping to have Kevin De Bruyne and Aymeric Laporte available again after injury, but Nathan Ake could miss out after suffering what Pep Guardiola described as "a niggle" before the mid week game against Porto.

“Some of them will be [involved],” he said at his pre-match press conference.

“Some of them, no. You will know tomorrow.”

Gabriel Jesus, Benjamin Mendy and Fernandinho are all sidelined, although the City boss was hopeful that Brazilian midfielder wouldn't be out for as long as first feared.

“The results were more optimistic so hopefully it will be shorter than one month,” added Pep.

“That's good for us. Being tough is good.”

City won their last game at the London Stadium 5-0, courtesy of a Raheem Sterling hat-trick, and golas from Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero. Overall City have won 57 of the 111 games played against West Ham, with 17 draws and 37 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Mahrez, Sterling, Aguero

Score prediction: West Ham 1 City 2

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