Bluemoon-MCFC Article Feeds Sheikh Mansour to fund fans travel to Champions League final http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=6780 Tue, 18 May 2021 16:33:18 GMT 1 City owner will cover the costs of official fans' trip to Champions League final in Porto City's owner Sheikh Mansour will pay the travel costs of fans attending the Champions League final, the club announced today.

It is understood that several thousand supporters will benefit from the gesture, which the club said was "designed to ease the financial pressure on fans who have faced - and are still facing - challenging circumstances due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic."

Both City and Chelsea have received an allocation of 6000 tickets each for the fixture that will be played in Porto on May 29th.

His Highness Sheikh Mansour said: “Pep and the team have had such a remarkable season and their reaching the Champions League Final after a very challenging year represents a truly historic moment for the Club.  It is therefore incredibly important that as many fans as possible have the opportunity to attend this special game. Especially those who have supported Manchester City through good and bad times for so many years.” 

Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak added: “The challenges faced by supporters ahead of this final are multiple, both in financial and logistical terms. Hopefully His Highness’ initiative allows the majority of our attending fans to focus on enjoying the day rather than worrying about how to bear the burden of travel costs which have become all the more onerous due to the effects of the pandemic.”

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Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester City preview: De Bruyne available again, but Aguero misses out http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=6779 Tue, 18 May 2021 12:19:05 GMT 1 Guardiola hopeful that record goal-scorer will be able to play in final home game against Everton Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 7.00pm, Tuesday 18th May 2021

Venue: American Express Community Stadium, Brighton

Referee: Stuart Atwell Assistants: C Hatzidakis, N Hopton Fourth Official: G Scott VAR: J Moss

Odds: Brighton 6/1, Draw 7/2, City 1/2

TV: BT Sport

Brighton & Hove Albion

Manager: Graham Potter

Squad (from): Steele, Sanchez, Walton, White, Webster, Karbownik, Burn, Veltman, Yapi, Bissouma, Mac Allister, Gross, Lallana, Moder, Alzate, Propper, Caicedo, Connolly, Trossard, Jahanbaksh, Welbeck, Izquierdo, Andone, Tau, Zeqiri

Injured: Maupay, March, Lamptey

Doubtful: Veltman, Propper

Suspended: Dunk

Form guide: DLWLD

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

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

Injured: Aguero

Doubtful: De Bruyne

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWLW

Kevin De Bruyne is available again after missing the trip to Newcastle, but Sergio Aguero is ruled out with a leg muscle injury. Manager Pep Guardiola remains hopeful that City's record goal-scorer will be available for the last game of the season against Everton.

“Sergio has niggles, it’s a little disturbance in his leg muscle and adductor but it’s not a big issue. He is still not fit to play (against Brighton)," said Guardiola.

“Can he make the weekend? I hope so, I hope so.”

City's focus is firmly on the Champions League final against Chelsea on May 29th, but Guardiola said that the two remaining games against Brighton and Everton were a vital part of theiur preparations.

“We focus. We will have six days to prepare for the final, that goes into the details. Now we prepare for the Brighton game like we have done all season.

“Working to prepare for Brighton helps us for the final. I am not focused on Chelsea. We wouldn’t prepare well if we weren’t prepared for Brighton and Everton.

“Tomorrow we are going to play a game to win again, it’s the best way to arrive for the final. (For the) final five or six days we will be more focused for Chelsea.

"People need to maintain rhythm to play their best in final as possible, and the only way is to train well.

“We train as usual to arrive at the Brighton game and Everton game and the Champions League final as best as possible.”

City won their last game at the Am-Ex 5-0, with Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling (3) scoring for the Blues. Overall City have won 16 of the 25 games played against the Seagulls, with 5 draws and 4 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Cancelo, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Foden, Torres

Score prediction: Brighton 1 City 2

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Champions League final to be played in Porto http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=6778 Thu, 13 May 2021 12:45:21 GMT 1 Game moved to Estádio do Dragão and both clubs will receive allocation of 6,000 tickets UEFA has today confirmed that the Champions League final between City and Chelsea will be played at the Estádio do Dragão, Porto. Each club will be given an allocation of 6,000 tickets.

The game was originally scheduld to be played in Istanbul, but travel restrictions put in place by the UK government meant the game had to be relocated.

Announcing the decision, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said:

“I think we can all agree that we hope never to experience a year like the one we have just endured.

“Fans have had to suffer more than twelve months without the ability to see their teams live and reaching a Champions League final is the pinnacle of club football. To deprive those supporters of the chance to see the match in person was not an option and I am delighted that this compromise has been found.

“After the year that fans have endured, it is not right that they don’t have the chance to watch their teams in the biggest game of the season.”

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'Beef!' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=6777 Thu, 13 May 2021 12:22:39 GMT 1 Champions Again! We look at what it means for City, Pep, and the fans to reclaim the title This week:
- Reaction to City reclaiming the Premier League title
- The pressure of taking penalties - ex-players explain what it's like
- How do City approach the remaining Premier League games?
- Howard Hockin on why this title win really belongs to Guardiola
- The Champions League final referee appointment... and his history with Pep



Season 13, Episode 39: Beef!
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Pep Guardiola hails "hardest" title win yet http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=6776 Thu, 13 May 2021 12:11:04 GMT 1 Blues crowned as champions of England for seventh time Manchester City were crowned as champions of England for the seventh time on Tuesday evening, following Leicester's victory at Old Trafford.

It is Pep Guardiola's third title in four years, and his tenth major honour as City boss. The global Covid pandemic presented numerous challenges, and Guardiola described it as the toughest campaign of his City career.

“This has been a season and a Premier League title like no other,” said Guardiola. “This was the hardest one. We will always remember this season for the way that we won. I am so proud to be the manager here and of this group of players.

“They are so special. To come through this season – with all the restrictions and difficulties we’ve faced – and show the consistency we have is remarkable.

“It is relentless. Every single day, they are there, fighting for success, trying always to be better. They have been so, so resilient.

“That is equally true of each and every member of our backroom staff, who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that our players are fully equipped to take on the unexpected challenges and new routines throughout such a turbulent year.

“Not forgetting, of course, all of the staff across our organisation who work to make this club the success it is. Whether that’s been from the offices at CFA or working from home, the efforts of every employee in such trying circumstances have contributed to this achievement.”

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'Wearing a Hat (Made from the Pitch) in the Maine Road Tunnel' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=6773 Fri, 07 May 2021 09:55:03 GMT 1 Beating PSG, Grown-Up Displays in the Champions League, making the competition's final - plus it's now 20 years since relegation This week:
- How City controlled the tie with PSG
- What it means to make the Champions League final for the first time
- Facing Chelsea - plus the potential of lifting the title on Saturday
- 20 years since City were last relegated
- Two bizarre red cards... when Barton and Distin were sent off during half time



Season 13, Episode 38: Wearing a Hat (Made from the Pitch) in the Maine Road Tunnel
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Crystal Palace vs Manchester City preview: Guardiola expected to rotate heavily ahead of PSG second leg http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=6771 Fri, 30 Apr 2021 14:36:20 GMT 4 Aymeric Laporte, Fernandinho, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus all expected to return to starting XI Crystal Palace vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 12.30 pm, Saturday 1st May 2021

Venue: Selhurst Park, London

Referee: David Coote Assistants: M Perry, N Hopton Fourth Official: S Atwell VAR: J Moss

Odds: Palace 9/1, Draw 4/1, City 1/3

TV: BT Sport

Crystal Palace

Manager: Roy Hodgson

Squad (from): Butland, Hennessey, Guaita, Ward, van Aanholt, Tomkins, Dann, Sakho, Clyne, Cahill, Mitchell, Kelly, Milivojevic, Kouyate, Townsend, Schlupp, McCarthy, Eze, Riedewald, Ayew, Zaha, Mateta, Benteke, Batshuayi

Injured: McArthur, Wickham, Ferguson

Doubtful: Cahill, Sakho, Tomkins

Suspended: None

Form guide: LWDLL

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

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

Injured: None

Doubtful: None

Suspended: Stones

Form guide: WLWWW

City have no fresh injuries ahead of their visit to Selhurst Park, but John Stones serves the second game of a three match suspension. Pep Guardiola is likely to ring the changes ahead of the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain, with the likes of Aymeric Laporte, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus expected to return to the starting XI. A victory against Palace could see the Blues crowned as champions this weekend, should United lose at home to Liverpool, but Guardiola was quick to play down the prospect.

“Let me try to win at Crystal Palace,” he said. “Don't ask me what I will feel when I haven't felt it. I am sorry I know you are curious because you anticipate it.

“United are an extraordinary team and we need five points. Tomorrow we have an incredible opportunity to make that step.

"When it happens, you can ask me anything you want about my feelings. I can't answer now because I didn't experience it.

“We now need to recover from Paris - it’s our sixth game in a row away. We are tired in many aspects.

“Tomorrow we play at 12.30, so we don't have extra time to recover from Paris. This is my only concern.

"I am sorry not to answer your questions. But it is Crystal Palace, Roy Hodgson's team. Every time we faced them, we had a lot of problems to win the game.

“Let me travel to London, wake up good and try to win the game. The rest we cannot control.

"It’s a tough job to do. Always, I don’t remember an easy game against them."

City won their last game at Selhurst Park 2-0, with Gabriel Jesus and David Silva scoring for the Blues. Overall City have won 34 of the 64 games played against the Eagles, with 14 draws and 16 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Cancelo, Laporte, Ake, Mendy, Fernandinho, Rodri, Torres, Sterling, Jesus, Aguero

Score prediction: Palace 1 City 1

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'Trophy Snobs' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=6770 Fri, 30 Apr 2021 10:30:16 GMT 1 PSG turnaround, staying calm under pressure - and why do City (and the fans) love the League Cup so much? This week:
- The mental strength to turn the first leg against PSG around
- City staying calm under pressure and imposing their own game on PSG
- How should City approach the second leg now (and the Palace game)?
- Why do City fans have such an affinity with the League Cup?
- Howard Hockin explains why, however it finishes now, this season is a triumph for Pep



Season 13, Episode 37: Trophy Snobs
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'Sniff the Goal' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=6769 Fri, 23 Apr 2021 09:55:05 GMT 1 City's Super League apology, hearing from the 1976 League Cup-winning team, and PSG insight from the PSG Talk podcast This week:
- Was City's apology for their involvement in the Super League plans enough?
- Disappointment against Chelsea, but delight against Villa
- Revisiting the 1976 League Cup-winning side
- Ed from PSG Talk explains the Ligue 1 side's strengths and weaknesses
- The future for City's striking positions



Season 13, Episode 36: Sniff the Goal
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Fernandinho hails City team mates after Villa win http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=6768 Thu, 22 Apr 2021 09:58:20 GMT 1 Victory at Villa Park leaves Blues needing eight points from remaining five fixtures Club captain Fernandinho hailed his team mates after a 2-1 victory against Aston Villa moved City closed to a third Premier League title in four years.

A disastrous start saw City behind within 20 seconds, after John McGinn converted Ollie Watkins' cross. The Blues composed themselves and began to dominate possession, and were rewarded when Phil Foden finished off a fine move to level the scores.

Rodri then put the visitors ahead, glancing in Bernardo Silva's cross, before a red card for John Stones on the brink of half-time threatened to end City's run of 17 consecutive away victories. However, Villa themselves were reduced to ten men when Matty Cash, who had endured a torrid evening at the hands of Phil Foden, brought the youngster down to receive a second yellow card.

City now require eight points from their remaining five league games, and Fernandinho praised the team's performance:

"We recovered possession and controlled the game and turned it around in the first half and the second half was tough.

"But at the end it was a good game and we’re happy for another victory.

"We have five games left to play but with the character of our players we are sure we can do it.

"We are so close we just need to focus and concentrate. We have five games left and we’ll see what happens."

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