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Manchester City 2 Valencia 0
Jo can't stop scoring
Saturday 7th August 2010 : GYKO at the
COMSTAD for another season
Manchester City ended their
pre-season programme on a high note with victory over Spanish
Gareth Barry and Jo settled a low-key contest with goals either
side of the interval.
But manager Roberto Mancini and his players know judgement day
is looming, with the Abu Dhabi United Group expecting some
return on an investment that will once again top £100million if,
as expected, James Milner joins from Aston Villa before the
The spending power City have at their disposal could be assessed
by the players they had on the bench. Shay Given, Adam Johnson,
Joleon Lescott, Patrick Vieira, Kolo Toure and Craig Bellamy,
and that was not the full extent of it by any means.
Although club sources claimed the attempt to lure Milner north
had got no further, Mancini was still able to name four new
signings, including Yaya Toure, who is supposedly being paid in
excess of £200,000-a-week. Little wonder the Blues are third
favourites for the title seven days away from the opening game
of the Premier League season, their own eagerly-anticipated trip
to Tottenham. The difficulty is clearly going to be giving
enough players time on the pitch.
Neither a rueful-looking Bellamy, nor Roque Santa Cruz, played
any part, which will only serve to heighten speculation that
their futures may lie elsewhere. It would be a shame for
Bellamy, at least given how much affection he is held in by the
City faithful. However, there are just too many players in
Skipper Carlos Tevez and new boy David Silva - both of whom were
given extra time off due to their presence at the World Cup -
got only 35 minutes under their belts before making way for
Shaun Wright-Phillips and Johnson. In Tevez's case, it was
enough to almost give his side the perfect start when Micah
Richards latched onto his brilliant chipped through-ball and
volleyed goalwards, only for Miguel Angel Moya to make an
excellent save. Moya also denied Toure, whose 25-yard
daisy-cutter was heading for the same corner.
It was Jerome Boateng who created the 27th-minute opener though,
showing enough confidence to dart onto the right wing after
being offered the chance to run from his central defensive base.
Boateng featured at full-back during the World Cup for Germany
and is obviously a young player of huge versatility and no
little skill given the manner in which he picked out Barry with
a fine far-post cross that invited the headed finish.
City continued to dominate from that point on, without making
their pressure tell. Brazilian striker Jo came close to grabbing
a second but his low shot bounced back off a post and there were
only five minutes left when he eventually found the net with a
It was an acceptable way for City to conclude their pre-season
programme, although Valencia created enough openings at times to
suggest Mancini's men still need to gel, which offers their
early-season opponents some room for optimism.
Borussia Dortmund 3 Manchester City 1
Hart saves, Jo scores but city lose again
Wednesday 4th August 2010 : Beni Vietor
for GYKO at the Westfalenstadion Dortmund
Manchester City went down 3-1 to Borussia
Dortmund in their latest pre-season friendly at the
Westfalenstadion. Paraguay striker Lucas Barrios put Dortmund
ahead with a ninth-minute penalty only for Jo, who spent time on
loan at Everton and Galatasaray last season, to level two
Joe Hart ensured City went into half-time on level terms by
diving to his right to keep out a casual Barrios penalty. But
the Germans restored their lead five minutes after the break
through Shinji Kagawa and Robert Lewandowski then wrapped up the
win in the 81st minute.
With the last friendly on Saturday City need to get some kind of
team pattern together or are they holding back for bets, who
knows. Maybe they are destined to be the nearly men but one
things for sure, Tottenham will be fancying their chances to
start the season with another win against a City side who they
never have too much trouble against at the best of times.
On a brighter note, City seem to have found
a player who can deliver a damned good free kick, Aleksandar
Kolarov is one such player.
Inter Milan 3 Manchester City 0
Vieira gets early bath
Sunday 1st August : Stu Brekenhauser for
GYKO at the M&T Bank Stadium Baltimore
Patrick Vieira was sent off
as Manchester City lost 3-0 to Inter Milan in Baltimore in a
match made more notable by Mario Balotelli's absence. In City's
final match of their USA tour, the veteran City midfielder saw
red after just 21 minutes after he was alleged to have elbowed
Much of the build up to the contest surrounded the rumoured
transfer of Balotelli from Milan to Manchester but as it
happened the 20-year-old wasn't even on the bench. Inter took
control after Vieira's dismissal and took the lead in the 39th
minute when Esteban Cambiasso fed Victor Obinna whose shot from
wide on the left found the net via substitute Micah Richards.
City fell further behind in the 54th minute when Inter added a
second when Obinna's cross was deflected into his own net by the
unwitting Joleon Lescott. And the impressive Italians added some
gloss in the 74th minute through a stunning long range strike
from Cristiano Biraghi.
Club America 1 Manchester City 1
City win 4-1 on Pens
Wednesday 28th July 2010 : Ade
Hanley for GYKO at the Red Bull Arena
SHAY GIVEN put down a
marker in the battle to be Manchester City's No1 by becoming the
penalty shoot-out hero. The Republic of Ireland legend played
his first game since dislocating his shoulder at Arsenal at the
end of last season. And he saved spot-kicks from Aquivaldo
Mosquera and Daniel Montenegro to give City the honours in the
Aarons International Soccer Challenge.
Emmanuel Adebayor, Jo, Vladimir Weiss and Patrick Vieira all
scored for the English club here in Atlanta. The handful of City
fans who have travelled to this leg of their United States tour
got a first glimpse of new-boy Yaya Toure. The Ivory Coast
international is the only one of Roberto Mancini's £76 million
summer signings to make it out here.
Big-spending City could have slipped behind as Montenegro
slammed a shot against the base of the post on the half hour.
But they took the lead shortly before the break when England
hopeful Adam Johnson was felled in the area by Mosquera. Striker
Adebayor stepped up to take the spot-kick and sent the keeper
the wrong way to give City the lead.
Mancini threw on Given at half-time to replace his big rival for
the No1 jersey at Eastlands Joe Hart. And he was picking the
ball out of the net within two minutes as Enrique Esqueda chased
a long through ball and levelled for the Mexicans. icah Richards
thought he had won City a penalty just after the hour but
instead earned himself a yellow card for diving.
One time record signing Jo could have won it when he fired a
rebound straight at the keeper who failed to hold Weiss' shot.
And Adebayor went agonisingly close as he volleyed a last-minute
effort against the bar in the final minute. So a shoot-out was
needed to decide the winners and it was City who came out on top
thanks to Given, who moments later picked up the trophy.
Mancini's squad now move on to Baltimore for a match against his
former club and Champions League winners Inter Milan on
New York Red Bulls 2 Manchester City 1
New Kit - Same old City
Sunday 25th July 2010 : Chip Bale for GYKO at the Red Bull Arena
Manchester City suffered a
2-1 defeat at the hands of New York Red Bulls on Sunday night at
the Red Bull Arena. Roberto Mancini's side fielded a youthful
look, but the likes of Joe Hart, Wayne Bridge pictured below),
Stephen Ireland and Emmanuel Adebayor all started against a side
rejuvenated by the arrival of former Arsenal star Thierry Henry.
Henry started for the hosts but was unable to find the net,
however that mattered little as his team earned a deserved
City had the first opening of the match when Jo smacked a shot
straight at in-form Bulls keeper Bouna Coundoul from close
range, and the Brazilian paid the price for his miss as his team
fell behind moments later. Bridge was undone down the City left
by the pace of Dane Richards, whose driven cross allowed
Macoumba Kandji to slide the ball past Hart from a few yards
Adebayor looked to level the match when he tested Coundoul with
a stinging drive, but the keeper was equal to the shot and
pulled off a smart save.
Jo atoned for his earlier miss by netting the equaliser on 55
minutes after good work from substitute Greg Cunningham allowed
the striker to flick the ball over the advancing keeper for a
neatly taken goal.
But the Americans claimed victory when Richards went from
provider to scorer when he smashed home a stunning 25-yard drive
that cannoned in off the crossbar. City finish bottom of the
Challenge group after suffering defeat to Sporting Lisbon
earlier in the tournament, which also included Premier League
|Manchester City 0 Sporting
Lisbon 2 New York Blues
Saturday 24th July : Chip Bale for GYKO at the Red Bull Arena
ROBERTO MANCINI gave his Manchester City big
guns the night off but his fringe players wilted in the New York
Two first-half goals from Sporting Lisbon striker Yannick Djalo
won the game for the Portuguese who are about to start the new
The likelihood is only three starters here - Joe Hart, Vincent
Kompany and Adam Johnson - will feature in City's first league
game at Spurs in three weeks. Even so, it was a lacklustre
display by Mancini's second string, who wasted the chance to
catch the manager's eye.
Mancini said: "We were missing maybe 15 or 16 players and were
playing against a team who are further on with their
preparations for the new season. "They have played maybe eight
games and have the Europa League next week so it is normal that
we were slower. "There are a number of players who are just
training and maybe six or seven who are not yet back because
they played at the World Cup. "We are building our squad and
still have 20 days to go."
Craig Bellamy - whose position is likely to be under threat from
David Silva this season - was given a chance to impress. But the
Welshman wasted two decent early chances to give City the lead
as the Premier League side began brightly.
And it was Sporting who opened the scoring midway through the
first half as Simon Vukcevic crossed from the right. Djalo got
up highest and the Guinean-born forward's header just about had
enough power to beat England keeper Joe Hart. It got worse for
the Premier League's big-spenders six minutes before the break
as Carlos Saleiro's clever flick completely deceived Kompany.
Djalo raced clear again and he calmly went round Hart before
slotting into the empty net for the second. The 24-year-old is
expected to leave Lisbon this summer and has been linked with
Tottenham and Everton. And he may now have more admirers as he
caused plenty of problems for Kompany and his defensive partner
City seemed to be lacking energy on a humid evening which saw
the temperature topping 80 degrees Fahrenheit at kick-off time.
Mancini threw on Wayne Bridge in place of rookie Greg Cunningham
at the break but the former England man's future at Eastlands is
in doubt. Lazio full-back Aleksandar Kolarov is on the brink of
joining the Premier League's big spenders and is likely to be
first choice on the left-hand side.
Another raft of subsitutions followed from both managers but it
failed to change the course of the game as Sporting held on
comfortably. City now play New York Red Bulls here tomorrow in
the final game of the four-team tournament before flying on to
Atlanta next week.
|Macclesfield 2 Manchester City XI 1
Saturday 24th July : Nick Nailer for GYKO at the Moss Rose
Tyrone Barnet and Nat Brown scored goal in
either half of a 2-1 win for the Silkmen over Manchester City's
Although the Silkmen had the better of the chances throughout
the game, Jose Veiga had twice been in action, sweeping up
behind the back line, before the opening goal of the game. It
was only 14 minutes in when the Silkmen won a a corner at the
away end. Matt Hamshaw took the kick and found Tyrone Barnett
who hit the underside of the bar before seeing his header bounce
The lead didn't last long as Elabdellouai equalised with an
excellent solo effort only a few minutes later. Jinking past two
challenges he advanced into the box before slotting past Veiga
in the Macc goal.
But after the goal the chances were all Macclesfield as first
Emile Sinclair seemed to be fouled just on the edge of the area
before Tyrone Barnett saw his close range header blocked by a
diving defender from close range.
From the corner both Nat Brown and Shaun Brisley rose to meet
the ball but it was inches in front of both and neither could
With no changes at half time, the Silkmen retook the lead less
than ten minutes after the break. Matt Hamshaw's free-kick found
Nat Brown who headed home from the edge of the six yard box.
Vinny had two good opportunities breaking into the box wide on
the right, but on neither occasion could he squeeze off a shot
or find another bue shirt.
Carl Tremarco was replaced by another trialist, Jason Beardsley
before Nat Brown was called into action with a well times
challenge at the last second.
Macclesfield: Veiga, Reid, Tremarco, Brown,
Brisley, Hamshaw, Butcher, Bolland, Daniel, Sinclair, Barnett.
Subs: Cudworth, Chalmers, Wedgbury, Lowe, Mukendi, Roberts,
City: Karius, Vidal, Smith, McGivern, Tse, Abu, Razak,
Elabdellouai, Poole, Benali, Chantler
Subs: Vesili, Johansen, Bunn, Olle-Roman
Portland Timbers 0 Manchester City 3
Timbers Felled in Amertica
Saturday July 17th 2010 :
Manchester City hit the ground
running in their US tour as they saw off Portland Timbers 3-0.
Stephen Ireland, Emmanuel Adebayor and Jo got the goals for the
Blues, as they eased to a comfortable success.
City have been in America for the past week, stepping up their
preparations for the new Premier League season.
They were far too strong for MLS new-boys the Timbers, with Roberto
Mancini likely to have been impressed by the showing from his side.
The game, played in front of a sell-out crowd at the University of
Portland's Merlo Field, took a while to get going, but City were
always well in control.
They included Kolo Toure and his brother Yaya Toure within their
ranks, fresh from World Cup duty, but neither saw any action.
Instead, it was left to Ireland, whose future at Eastlands remains
uncertain, to open the scoring in the 43rd minute.
Adebayor then nodded home 60 seconds later, with Adam Johnson
providing his second assist of the game, to give City breathing
space at the interval.
The Timbers struggled to find a way back into the game thereafter
and Brazilian striker Jo wrapped things up for
the visitors after 68 minutes.
Team: Hart, Trippier, Boyata, Mee, Cunningham, Ireland, Zabaleta,
A Johnson, Vieira, Bellamy, Adebayor.
Second half - Taylor, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Cunningham
(Bridge), Tutte, Kay (Onuoha), Ibrahim, Helan, Guidetti (Tchuimeni-Nimely),
Hyde United 0 Man City XI 2
Saturday 17th July 2010
Hyde pushed a young Manchester City side all the way in an exciting
pre-season friendly at newly revamped Ewen Fields. Despite heavy
rain up until kick-off, the pitch was in good condition and assisted
the swift passing game of both sides.
Both sides gave debuts to a number of players and two of these
turned out to be the stars of the show. Hyde gave a debut to former
Dundee goalkeeper, Bryn Hindley and he turned in a superb
performance with a string of excellent saves to keep City at bay.For
City the star of the show by some distance was Mohammed Abu,who gave
a majestic performance in midfield.
After a pretty even first half hour, it was City who drew first
blood on 39 minutes when Ahmed Benali scored from close range. City
went on to have much of the play early in the second half, but Hyde
then picked up the tempo and it was German goalkeeper, Loris Karius
who had to make a series of good saves to preserve City's lead.
Greg Traynor and Scott Mooney both went close for Hyde before Chris
Chantler grabbed City's second in the last minute with a cool
Both managers were delighted with their first competitive games of
the season and there were plenty of positives for both sides to
City: Karius; Vidla, Tse, McGivern, Smith; Elabdellaoui, Clayton,
Abu, Chantler; Bunn (Roman, 70), Benali.
Hyde FC Team: Hinley, Stott, Smart, Lees, Taylor, Pollitt, Rick,
Lea, Scott, Burke, Stewart
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