Bluemoon-MCFC Article Feeds 'Hallucinating Through the Champions League' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=11835 Mon, 18 Oct 2021 09:44:59 GMT 1 Burnley & Brugge previews, City's record in Belgium, and Howard Hockin discusses 'sportswashing' On this week's show:
- A look at the players who need to take an opportunity
- Stories of following City away in Belgium
- The Belgian Football Podcast joins us to offer insight into Club Brugge
- Howard Hockin tackles 'sportswashing' and how it affects City fans


Season 13, Episode 11: Hallucinating Through the Champions League
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Guardiola hails Bernardo Silva after Burnley win http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=11834 Mon, 18 Oct 2021 09:43:15 GMT 1 Portuguese midfielder named as man-of-the-match after opening scoring against the Clarets Pep Guardiola hailed Bernardo Silva after another man-of-the-match performance from the Portuguese midfielder helped City to a 2-0 victory aganist Burnley.

Silva had been linked with a move away from the club in the summer transfer window, but a transfer never materialised and Guardiola believes the player is back to his best.

“He is in incredibly good form alongside Rodri and both played so well the last four or five games,” said Guardiola.

“He is at the level of the second season when we won with 98 points and he was out of this world.

“He is at the same level now. He is so intuitive; he always gives us the extra ball that we need.

“Today he scored a goal, that’s important for him. The performance of Bernardo has been extraordinary again.”

“We are so lucky to have him. He was an incredible signing for us.

“All I want is his happiness. He deserves the best. He is a joy to have as manager. When he doesn’t play he always tries to do his best.

“He is at his best level right now.”

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'Absolute Toast' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=11830 Fri, 08 Oct 2021 12:51:37 GMT 1 Reflecting on a great display at Anfield - plus an interview with ex-City defender Kevin Bond On this week's show:
- Coming through a tough week with three great displays
- Why did VAR not get involved with Milner's challenges?
- Foden and Bernardo masterclasses
- John Bond's arrival at Maine Road as manager
- Interview with Kevin Bond about his City career


Season 13, Episode 10: Absolute Toast
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Bernardo Silva named as Bluemoon Player of the Month for September 2021 http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=11828 Tue, 05 Oct 2021 10:23:58 GMT 1 Portuguese polls over 50% of the vote to win award Bernardo Silva has been voted as the Bluemoon Player of the Month for September 2021. The Portuguese midfielder, who scored the winner in the 1-0 victory at Leicester, polled 52% of the vote, ahead of Rodri (16%) and Kyle Walker (10%).

Silva had been linked with a move away from City in the summer, but a hugely impressive start to the season has seen him establish himself as one of the first names on Pep Guardiola's team sheet.

"He's so intuitive - it's not his role as a holding midfielder but he knows exactly how to play it and how to anticipate what is going to happen, with the ball or without the ball", said Guardiola recently.

"Against Norwich he played exceptional, against Arsenal he played exceptional, Southampton played at the level of the team - that was not good.

"But how well he played against Chelsea is no surprise. How many times have we seen it? He was an incredible signing for us because he's an exceptional person.

"I never forget the second Premier League we won, with 98 points, he was the best player in England. He was nominated [for an award] but he was the best.

"After that season, later he dropped a little bit, he was not in the position he prefers but now he's back and hopefully he can help us."

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Liverpool vs Manchester City preview: Gundogan and Zinchenko miss trip to Anfield http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=11827 Fri, 01 Oct 2021 14:40:57 GMT 4 Manager lauds team performances after games against Chelsea and PSG Liverpool vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 4.30pm, Sunday 3rd October 2021

Venue: Anfield, Liverpool

Referee: Paul Tierney Assistants: L Betts, C Hatzidakis Fourth Official: M Dean VAR: S Atwell

Odds: Liverpool 15/8, Draw 9/5, City 7/5

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports

Liverpool

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Squad (from): Alisson, Adrian, Karius, Kelleher, van Dijk, Konate, Gomez, Tsimikas, Robertson, Matip, Phillips, Alexander-Arnold, Williams, Fabinho, Thiago, Milner, Keita, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Firmino, Mane, Salah, Minamino, Jota, Origi

Injured: Elliot

Doubtful: Alexander-Arnold, Thiago

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWDW

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Steffen, Carson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Ake, Laporte, Cancelo, Mbete, Wilson-Esbrand, Grealish, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Silva, Fernandinho, Foden, Sterling, Jesus, Torres, Mahrez

Injured: Zinchenko, Gundogan

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WDWWL

City are without Ilkay Gundogan and Oleksandr Zinchenko again for the visit to Anfield, but otherwise Pep Guardiola has a fully fit squad to select from.

“Everyone is fit except Zinchenko and Gundogan,” said Guardiola at Friday's press conference. “We expect both back after the international break, hopefully.”

The Blues were perhaps unfortunate to lose in Paris midweek after an impressive victory at Chelsea, but Pep was delighted by the two performances ahead of another difficult away game on Sunday.

“Our level was so great, huge in these two games,” he said.

“Despite the result in France, the performance was excellent. Same at Stamford Bridge and hopefully we can continue for nine more months ahead of us.

“Since I arrived here – the first year maybe not, but after we won 100 points - Liverpool always were there.

“Last season they had big problems with injuries in the same position.

“We were excellent again last season. Both teams are there all the time. Both clubs and organisations can say all the time we were there. This is the important thing. But we know there are many teams who can fight for Premier League.”

City won their last away game at Anfield 4-1, with Ilkay Gundogan (2), Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden scoring for the Blues. Overall City have won 50 of the 187 games played against Liverpool with 47 draws and 90 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodri, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Grealish, Foden, Jesus

Score prediction: Liverpool 2 City 1

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'The Chef's Kiss' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=11826 Fri, 01 Oct 2021 09:37:36 GMT 1 Guardiola makes history, Liverpool insight - and are City fans more predisposed to doom & gloom...? On this week's show:
- Strong performances at Chelsea & PSG
- Jesus, Rodri, and Bernardo all impress
- Concerns over Sterling's form at the moment?
- Guardiola makes history - with more wins than any other City boss
- Neil Atkinson from The Anfield Wrap discusses Liverpool this season
- Howard Hockin asks why City fans are predisposed to doom & gloom


Season 13, Episode 9: The Chef's Kiss
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Chelsea vs Manchester City preview: Injury doubts remain over a number of players http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=11824 Fri, 24 Sep 2021 15:17:05 GMT 4 Stones, Laporte, Rodri and Gundogan to face late fitness tests Chelsea vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 12.30pm, Saturday 25th September 2021

Venue: Stamford Bridge, West London

Referee: Michael Oliver Assistants: S Burt, S Bennett Fourth Official: R Jones VAR: D England

Odds: Chelsea 17/10, Draw 7/4, City 11/5

TV: BT Sport 1

Chelsea

Manager: Thomas Tuchel

Squad (from): Arrizabalaga, Bettinelli, Mendy, Rudiger, Alonso, Christensen, Silva, Chalobah, Chilwell, James, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Niguez, Barkley, Ziyech, Havertz, Lukaku, Werner, Hudon-Odoi

Injured: Mount, Pulisic

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: DWWWD

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Steffen, Carson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Ake, Laporte, Cancelo, Mbete, Wilson-Esbrand, Gundogan, Grealish, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Silva, Fernandinho, Foden, Sterling, Jesus, Torres, Mahrez

Injured: Zinchenko

Doubtful: Stones, Laporte, Rodri, Gundogan

Suspended: Mendy

Form guide: WWWDW

City have injury doubts over a number of players, with manager Pep Guardiola unable to confirm who will be available for Saturday's trip to Chelsea. Aymeric Laporte, John Stones, Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan and Oleks Zinchenko will be assessed before the game.

“We still have a few injuries,” he said at his pre-match press conference.

“Some of them came back a little bit in training and tomorrow we will decide if they are ready to play or not.

“Not all of them [are in contention]. Some of them come back to training today, but we need to see how they react and tomorrow we will see.”

Chelsea have beaten City in the last three meetings between the sides, including last season's Champions League final, but Guardiola ruled out changing his approach.

“We prepare the game like we prepare Southampton and like before in the previous games,” he added.

“Try to read what they are and what we have done in recent games against Chelsea under Tuchel. Every game is a new challenge, a new opportunity to learn, improve and do better.

“It’s not a final like in the FA Cup and the Premier League was already done. Of, course the Champions League is massive. We try to learn.

“This is a new competition. It’s one more game. We prepare the game like the strong points we have and see what we can do to be better.

“That’s the mindset we have. It will be the same against Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool before the international break.”

City won their last away game at Stamford Bridge 3-1, with Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne scoring for the Blues. Overall City have won 59 of the 169 games played against Chelsea with 39 draws and 71 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodri, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Grealish, Foden, Jesus

Score prediction: Chelsea 2 City 1

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'Give 'em Both Barrels' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=11823 Fri, 24 Sep 2021 11:19:50 GMT 1 The youngsters impress against Wycombe, dealing with Chelsea & PSG - plus Tim Vickery with insight on new signing Kayky On this week's show:
- The youngsters excel against Wycombe
- Pressing problems from the Southampton draw
- South American football expert Tim Vickery on new signing Kayky
- Dealing with the challenge of Chelsea
- Insight into PSG from Ed of PSG Talk


Season 13, Episode 8: Give 'em Both Barrels
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City to face West Ham in last 16 of Carabao Cup http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=11822 Thu, 23 Sep 2021 18:05:36 GMT 1 Blues face difficult away draw following victory against Wycombe Wanderers City will face West Hame United in the Fourth round of the Carabaro Cup, following the draw on Wednesday evening. The game will take place at the London Stadium during the week commencing 25th October 2021.

The Blues qualified courtesy of a 6-1 victory against Wycombe Wanderers at the Etihad, whilst the Hammers defeated Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford.

The sides last met in the competition in the semi-finals in 2014, with the Blues running out as 9-0 victors on aggregate. Pep Guardiola's side are looking to win the trophy for a record fifth consecutive time.

Draw in full:

Chelsea v Southampton

Arsenal v Leeds

Stoke v Brentford

West Ham v Manchester City

Leicester v Brighton

Burnley v Tottenham

QPR v Sunderland

Preston v Liverpool

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Guardiola lauds City's academy after Carabao Cup win http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=11821 Thu, 23 Sep 2021 12:11:38 GMT 1 Six youth players made their first team debuts in 6-1 victory against Wycombe Wanderers Pep Guardiola lauded City's academy after six youth players made their first team debuts on Tuesday evening.

CJ Egan-Riley, Josh Wilson-Esbrand, Fin Burns, Romeo Lavia, Luke Mbete and James McAtee all featured in the 6-1 Carabao Cup victory against Wycombe Wanderers, and the manager was delighted with how they acquitted themselves.

"First, they were helped by our professional players, but I am just going to say thank you very much to all the Academy”, said Guardiola after the game.

“To Jason Wilcox and Enzo Maresca, who did an incredible job with them last season and of course with Brian Barry-Murphy right now and Carlos (Vicens).

“All of them did an incredible job. They have many good players, not just one or two. All of them are incredibly well-educated people. Thanks to their families, too.

“We have talented players. We can count on them absolutely. They train with us every single day. They don’t make bad faces; they don’t make you feel uncomfortable in your decisions.

“They just have the desire to be something in world football. With their skills and desire - they got it at this club. I am so proud to be manager of this club.

“Today we saw a little bit of what they can do. We know exactly how good they are. As a manager I can enjoy it. I can use them. Without the incredible effort of many people in the Academy it would not be possible.”

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