Bluemoon-MCFC Article Feeds Swansea City vs Manchester City preview: Blues without five senior players for trip to Liberty Stadium http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2443 Fri, 15 Mar 2019 18:25:46 GMT 4 Kevin De Bruyne, John Stones, Vincent Kompany, Fernandinho and Benjamin Mendy all miss out through injury Swansea City vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Cup Quarter Final

Date: 5.30pm, Saturday 16th March 2019

Venue: Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Referee: Andre Marriner Assistants: S Burt, M Perry Fourth Official: S Hooper

Odds: Swansea 22/1 , Draw 8/1, City 1/8

Tickets: Sold out

TV: BT Sport

Swansea City

Manager: Graham Potter

Squad (from): Nordfeldt, Benda, Mulder, Olsson, van der Hoorn, Carter-Vickers, Rodon, Roberts, John, Naughton, Harries, Fer, Celina, Narsingh, Dyer, Carroll, Routledge, McKay, James, Grimes, Fulton, Byers, Dhanda, AMcBurnie, Asoro, Baker-Richardson

Injured: Lennon, Lowton

Doubtful: Bardsley, Gudmundsson

Suspended: None

Form guide: LLWLW

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Grimshaw, Muric, Danilo, Laporte, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, Zinchenko, Delph, Foden, Gundogan, Mahrez, Sane, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Jesus

Injured: Bravo, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Kompany, Stones, Mendy

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWWD

City will be without five senior players for the trip to Swansea for the quarter-final of the FA Cup, Pep Guardiola confirmed at today's press conference. Kevin De Bruyne, John Stones, Vincent Kompany, Fernandinho and Benjamin Mendy all miss out through injury.

"We will have to make changes," he said. "Stones on bench, not ready to play. He is still recovering.

"Vinny and Kevin not fit. We don’t have too many options. 

"Tomorrow is a quarter final, that is the most important thing by far, to reach the semis."

City's last away game at the Liberty Stadium ended in a 4-0 victory, with David Silva (2), Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero netting for the Blues. Overall City have won 16 of the 21 games played against the Swans, with 2 draws and 3 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Zinchenko, Gundogan, D Silva, B Silva, Mahrez, Sane, Jesus

Score prediction: Manchester City 3 Burnley 0

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City to face Spurs in Champions League quarter-finals http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2442 Fri, 15 Mar 2019 11:38:44 GMT 1 Winners will play either Ajax or Juventus in the semi-final City will face Tottenham Hotspur in the quarter-finals of this season's Champions League, following Friday's draw in Nyon.

The Blues qualified with an emphatic 10-2 aggregate scoreline against Schalke 04, whilst Spurs recorded an impressive 4-0 aggregate win against Borussia Dortmund.

The first leg will be played on either the 9th or 10th of April, with the second leg the following week on the 16th or 17th.

The winners of the tie will face the winners of Ajax and Juventus in the semi-final.

Draw in full:

Ajax v Juventus
Porto v Liverpool
Tottenham v Manchester City
Barcelona v Manchester United

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'Hostage Situation' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2441 Fri, 15 Mar 2019 09:21:53 GMT 1 Offsides, VAR, Raheem Sterling, and media reporting of City This week:
- Reviewing Watford and Schalke
- Discussing VAR and offsides
- Assessing Sterling's influence
- Analysing the reporting of City
- Guardiola to Juventus rumours quashed
- Previewing the trip to Swansea
- New contracts for Bernardo and Laporte

Episode 10.35 - Hostage Situation
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Bernardo Silva signs new six year deal http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2440 Thu, 14 Mar 2019 11:09:16 GMT 1 Contract extension will see Portuguese playmaker stay at the club until 2025 Bernardo Silva has signed a new six year contract that will see him stay at The Etihad until 2025, the club have announced.

The Portuguese playmaker joined the club from Monaco in 2017 for £43m, and has become a vital member of Pep Guardiola's side.

“It’s an honour to extend my deal with Manchester City,” Bernardo said. “This Club offers everything a player needs to fulfil their ambitions and there’s nowhere else I want to be.

“As soon as I heard City wanted me to stay longer, my mind was made up. I love the Club, the manager, the players and the fans.

“The style of football we play here excites me, and I am determined to win more trophies. City gives me the best chance of doing that.”

Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added: “Bernardo is an exceptional talent, so offering him a new deal and ensuring he spends the best years of his career with us was a very easy decision.

“This is the latest example of our commitment to building a young squad of world-class players.

“We are constructing a side that will provide a platform for sustained success. Bernardo fits neatly into our plan.

“His work-rate, professionalism and technical quality have impressed us and there is plenty of scope for improvement.

“Under the guidance of Pep and the backroom staff we have here, we expect to see him develop into one of the world’s best players over the coming years.”

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Manchester City vs FC Schalke 04 preview: Fernandinho and Otamendi suspended http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2439 Mon, 11 Mar 2019 14:10:53 GMT 4 Blues lead 3-2 after dramatic first leg in Gelsenkirchen Manchester City vs FC Schalke 04

Competition: UEFA Champions League

Date: 8.00pm, Tuesday 12th March 2019

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Clement Turpin Assistants: Nicolas Danos, Cyril Gringore Fourth Official: Ruddy Buquet 

Odds: City 1/6, Draw 7/1, Schalke 18/1. Use a betting calculator to work out your how much your bet will pay you.

Tickets: Available via tickets.mancity.com

TV: BT Sport

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Grimshaw, Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Sandler, Laporte, Stones, Walker, Zinchenko, Delph, Foden, Gundogan, Mahrez, Sane, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Jesus

Injured: Bravo, De Bruyne

Doubtful: Stones, Laporte

Suspended: Otamendi, Fernandinho

Form guide: WWWDW

Schalke 04

Manager: Domenico Tedesco

Squad (from): Fahrmann, Canpolat, Lenze, Nubel, Mendyl, Nastasic, Rudy, Oczipka, Sane, Bruma, Wiemann, McKennie, Mascarell, Serdar, Bentaleb, Konoplyanka, Kutucu, Stambouli, Caligiuir, Harit, Goller, Uth, Matondo, Burgstaller, Skrzybski, Teuchert, Embolo

Injured: Schopf

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: LLLLD

Nicolas Otamendi and Fernandinho are suspended for the second leg of the last 16 tie with Schalke 04, but John Stones and Aymeric Laporte could be available for selection again after recovering from injury.

City lead 3-2 from the first leg in Germany, but managed Pep Gaurdiola warned his players against any complacency in Monday's press conference.

“I prefer this score than the one at Anfield when we were 3-0 down!” he said.

“It’s 90 minutes hard work ahead and we still we have a job to do. We must make incredible efforts in epic salutations to go through.

“In the first leg, we had Nico sent off, one goal in first few minutes… anything can happen in this competition. These kinds of situations take a lot of influence to control.

“We played many minutes 2-1 down. Then, Leroy Sane makes an incredible action to win that game.

This will be the fiifth time that the two clubs have met, with City winning three and losing one of the previous four encounters.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Zinchenko, Gundogan, D Silva, B Silva, Sane, Sterling, Aguero

Score prediction: Manchester City 3 Schalke 1

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Manchester City v Watford preview: Quartet miss out through injury http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2438 Fri, 08 Mar 2019 19:46:10 GMT 4 Stones, Laporte, Fernandinho and De Bruyne unavailable for Hornets clash Manchester City vs Watford

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 5.30pm, Saturday 9th March 2019

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Paul Tierney Assistants: A Holmes, E Smart Fourth Official: C Kavanagh

Odds: City 1/6, Draw 8/1, Watford 18/1

Tickets: On sale via tickets.mancity.com

TV: BT Sport

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Grimshaw, Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Mendy, Otamendi, Sandler, Walker, Zinchenko, Delph, Foden, Gundogan, Mahrez, Sane, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Jesus

Injured: De Bruyne, Stones, Fernandinho, Laporte

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWDWW

Watford

Manager: Javi Gracia

Squad (from): Gomes, Foster, Dahlberg, Janmaat, Britos, Prodl, Mariappa, Masina, Cathcart, Femenia, Navarro, Holebas, Kabasele, Cleverly, Sema, Chalobah, Doucoure, Hughes, Quina, Capoue, Pereyra, Deulofeu, Deeney, Success, Penaranda, Gray

Injured: None

Doubtful: Femenia

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWLW

John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Fernandinho and Kevin De Bruyne will all miss the visit of Watford through injury. Laporte has returned to training, but manager Pep Guardiola confirmed in Friday's press conference that he won't be risked. Guardiola, meanwhile, was fulsome in his praise of his opposite number, who has guided the Hornets to eight place in the Premier League.

"It’s one of our toughest of the nine games left. Quality one against one.

"The manager is incredible, Javi Gracia, with what he has done, they achieve a lot of points.

"But it’s the last game before 21 days without Premier League and the international break.

"It’s a few games before end of Premier League and it’s massive for us to take our points."

City's last home game against Watford ended in a 3-1 victory, with Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero scoring for the Blues, along with an own goal from Christian Kabasele. Overall City have won 16 of the 27 games played against Watford, with 5 draws and 6 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Danilo, Kompany, Otamendi, Gundogan, D Silva, B Silva, Sterling, Mahrez, Aguero

Score prediction: Manchester City 2 Watford 1

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'We're Not Weird. Honest.' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2437 Fri, 08 Mar 2019 10:55:06 GMT 1 FFP allegations, title race momentum, and how will Brexit affect City? This week:
- FFP allegations and UEFA's investigation
- The title race and positive energy
- Breaking down Bournemouth
- How will Brexit affect City?
- Previewing Watford and Schalke
- Howard Hockin on why he's superstitious
- Reforming the offside law

Episode 10.34 - We're Not Weird. Honest.
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City to face fresh UEFA FFP investigation http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2436 Thu, 07 Mar 2019 19:17:10 GMT 1 Club "welcomes... opportunity to bring to an end the speculation" Manchester City will face a new investigation for alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, UEFA announced on Thursday evening.

A statement on UEFA's website said:

"The Investigatory Chamber of the independent UEFA Club Financial Control Body has today opened a formal investigation into Manchester City FC for potential breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations. 

"The investigation will focus on several alleged violations of FFP that were recently made public in various media outlets.

"UEFA will make no further comments on the matter while the investigation is ongoing."

City issued a defiant response on their website shortly afterwards:

"Manchester City welcomes the opening of a formal UEFA investigation as an opportunity to bring to an end the speculation resulting from the illegal hacking and out of context publication of City emails. The accusation of financial irregularities are entirely false. The Club’s published accounts are full and complete and a matter of legal and regulatory record."

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'Stalking Niall Quinn in JD Sports' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2435 Fri, 01 Mar 2019 10:55:52 GMT 1 First trophy defence, criticism of Mahrez, and Zinchenko's development This week:
- Defending a trophy for the first time
- League Cup Final reaction
- The criticism of Riyad Mahrez
- Oleksandr Zinchenko's development
- Injuries and the title race
- James Cooper talks City's title chase
- Seeing City players in the wild

Episode 10.33 - Stalking Niall Quinn in JD Sports
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City announce record £650m kit deal with Puma http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2434 Fri, 01 Mar 2019 10:53:47 GMT 1 Ten year deal represents huge increase on existing £20m a season arrangement with Nike Manchester City have announced a new long-term kit deal with Puma, which will replace their current arrangement with Nike at the end of the season. The deal, which will cover four other teams within the City Football Group (Melbourne City, Girona, Club Atletico Torque and Sichuan Jiunjiu) is believed to worth around £650m over a ten-year period, a huge increase on the £20m per season City currently receive from Nike.

The deal is the third largest in world football, and reflects the huge growth that City have enjoyed as a club over the past decade. Only Barcelona and Manchester United can boast of more lucrative deals, with their arrangements worth £140m and £75m a season respectively.

“It is a historic day for us. What we are doing has not been done before. It is an unprecedented partnership. This announcement marks the start of an exciting new chapter for City Football Group,” said Ferran Soriano, CEO of City Football Group. “Our relationship with Puma, covering five City Football Group clubs across four continents, will reset the model for sports partnerships on a truly global scale whilst being locally relevant and authentic for fans around the world. Puma share our vision for challenging expectations, and we are looking forward to what we believe will be a ground-breaking partnership.”

“Puma’s partnership with City Football Group is the largest deal that we have ever done - both in scope and ambition,” said Bjørn Gulden, CEO of uma. “We are very excited to partner with City Football Group, whose success, ambition and drive for innovation has seen them setting new standards, on and off the field. We look forward to building the most innovative partnership in football by redefining the sports partnership model both on and off the pitch. We want to maximise on-field performance as well as football culture, in areas such as music, gaming and fashion to connect and inspire the fanbase of each team.”

Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero and David Silva are already Puma ambassadors, with more City players expected to join them soon with Gulden claiming: 'We have a good presence here but there will be more.' 

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