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Manchester City 2 Napoli 1          Euro Masterclass
Tuesday 17th October 2017 : GYKO at the Etihad

The only regret during a first half of fantasy football was that Malcolm Allison did not live to see this.

During United’s long years of dominance, they would recall Manchester City’s one match in the European Cup. It was 1968 and Allison declared that his club would unleash themselves on the ‘cowards of Europe’. They lasted one tie, knocked out by Fenerbahce in the first round.

Almost half a century on and Manchester City have a side that, if they can expunge the defensive looseness that threatened to undermine them after the interval, will terrify Europe.

The summer talk in the city was of Jose Mourinho’s ‘second season syndrome’ and of what he might achieve at Old Trafford. Pep Guardiola’s second season has seen Liverpool routed 5-0, Stoke concede seven and the champions, Chelsea, outplayed at Stamford Bridge. Now, they overcame the leaders of Serie A and virtually qualified for the business phase of the Champions League after three games.

What would niggle at Guardiola as he reviewed this game was that a night that should have produced an emphatic victory might have slipped away had Napoli converted both their penalties. There was relief mixed in with the cheers at the final whistle.

Lawrie McMenemy once said of Allison that he attempted the kind of tactics that First Division managers would only discuss when their annual dinners had reached the whisky and cigars stage. He would have appreciated the way Manchester City slashed their way through the Napoli defence to the extent that by half hour mark they could easily have led by four.

To Napoli, two would have seemed plenty as Maurizio Sarri’s defence was turned and twisted and eventually broken. It was 12 months since they last conceded twice before the interval. Sarri, a habitual smoker, would many times have felt the need to reach for the comfort of the cigarette pack.

The first goal arrived before 10 minutes were up. It was Raheem Sterling’s eighth of the campaign. Last season it took Sterling until February to reach that mark. It was created by a sight Guardiola would have liked, his full-back in the opposition area. Kyle Walker’s shot was blocked but Sterling seized upon the rebound.

There is a theory that Kevin de Bruyne, like his Belgian team-mate, Romelu Lukaku does not perform in ‘big games’. As far as De Bruyne is concerned, it is flat-earth nonsense. He had excelled at Stamford Bridge and now, against a team his manager considers one of the best in Europe, he produced a perfect pass that flew between Kalidou Koulibaly’s legs and was clipped home by Gabriel Jesus for his fifth goal inside a week.

Then came a moment that was so relaxed it might have appeared on a training pitch. Leroy Sane languidly pulled the ball pack between two Napoli defenders and De Bruyne, carefully, coolly swung a boot that saw the ball crash against the underside of Reina’s crossbar and somehow not cross the line.

Goal-line technology demonstrated that Jesus’s shot, delivered after a gymnastic turn in the box, half saved by Reina and then blocked by Koulibaly had not gone over the line.

It appeared academic but Napoli demonstrated the kind of resilience against the odds for which their city has long been renowned. Had they scored both the penalties the referee, Antonio Lahoz, awarded they might have flown back to Naples with a point that would have seemed a wildly improbable return at the half-hour mark.

The first was awarded after Walker held Raul Albiol as the two men contested a cross. The task of converting the penalty fell to Dries Mertens, who had been Rafa Benitez’s first signing during his stint at the Stadio San Paolo. His shot lacked direction and power and Ederson saved with his legs. Fernandinho charged athletically at the rebound and scooped the ball clear with his leg at full stretch.

The Brazilian did, however, concede the second spot-kick, bringing down Faouzi Ghoulam as the Algerian skipped through Manchester City’s defence. This time, Mertens was not asked to take the penalty. Amadou Diawara demonstrated how it should be done.

In between, Napoli might have scored another as Mertens crossed low on the run for Napoli’s captain, Marek Hamsik, who needed one more to equal Diego Maradona’s goalscoring record for the club. But for a dramatic, sliding interception from John Stones this would have been it. Sarri and his players protested that the Yorkshireman had used his hand but the replay suggested it had been a perfect call.

Manchester City: (4-3-3) Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, D.Silva (Gundogan 76); Sterling (B.Silva 69), Jesus (Danilo 86), Sane. Unused Substitutes: Bravo (g),  Aguero, Mangala,, Toure.

Napoli: Reina; Hysaj (Maggio 69), Albiol, Koulibaly, Ghoulam; Zielinski, Diawara, Hamsik; Callejon, Mertens, Insigne (Allan 56). Unused Substitutes: Sepe (g), Jorginho, Maksimovic, Rog, Ounas.

Referee: Antonio Lahoz (Spain)     Attendance : 53,526

Manchester City 7 Stoke City 2       Seven Up!
Saturday 14th October 2017 : GYKO at The Etihad

Something fairly amazing happened in the 27th minute of this latest Manchester City goal fest. A slick first-time passing move produced an unanswerable goal for the home side, but a bamboozled Stoke City defence was already wearily familiar with that routine. What shocked about the third goal was that Kevin De Bruyne was not behind it.

The Belgian has been the inspiration behind much of what Manchester City have produced this season, yet here were his fellow forwards pinging the ball about with accuracy and imagination without him. Gabriel Jesus found Leroy Sané on the left, his firm cross was instinctively caught and turned back in a single touch by Raheem Sterling, which left David Silva the relatively simple task of arriving on the six-yard line to become the third different scorer of the afternoon.

Even by that stage, supporters in the posh new Tunnel Club seats were beginning to turn their back on the action to take selfies. In fairness, in under half an hour they had already witnessed the best of the De Bruyne show. “Kevin is a big talent, he’s dynamic and aggressive,” Pep Guardiola said. “When he gets possession with space ahead of him our forwards know to get moving because the ball is coming.”

Not only the forwards, as it happens. For the first goal the visitors were slow to react to the danger when De Bruyne advanced with the ball, biding his time until Kyle Walker came steaming up on his inside to run behind Kevin Wimmer. Once De Bruyne knew he was ready the weight on his pass was perfect, leaving the right-back to cut the ball back from the goal line for Jesus to hook past Jack Butland.

Before Stoke had fully recovered their composure Manchester City struck again with another quality passing move. This time a disguised reverse pass from De Bruyne, quite possibly his most exquisite of the afternoon, set Sané free on the left with Jesus and Sterling practically queuing up in front of goal. Sané found the latter and Sterling came up with a composed finish. With David Silva missing an inviting opening just before his goal and De Bruyne bringing a fingertip save from Butland right on the stroke of half-time, Stoke could hardly have complained if they had turned round four or five goals in arrears.

Remarkably, thanks to a determined run and shot from Mame Diouf and a neat return pass from Jesé, the interval deficit was just two. Stoke had managed to score with their only real attack of the first half and having had 16% of possession by that point, but it came at exactly the right time to remind all present this might not be the expected procession after all. That impression was only strengthened when Stoke opened the second half with another goal, Diouf reaching a Tom Edwards cross to score with the help of a significant deflection off Walker, though that was as good as the afternoon got for Mark Hughes and his 18-year-old debutant.

Edwards did not enjoy the easiest of Premier League introductions trying to keep tabs on Sané, and though he must have been pleased with an assist his afternoon ended prematurely when an over-enthusiastic Fabian Delph challenge saw him depart on a stretcher with an ankle injury.

Stoke never looked as threatening again and the home side regained control with ridiculous ease thanks to another burst of three quick goals. De Bruyne had a hand in them all, and though Stoke only had themselves to blame for the mix-up that led to the first, there was absolutely nothing wrong with the midfielder’s searching ball into the area and even more to admire in a dazzling first time finish from Jesus.

Fernandinho was next, taking a pass from De Bruyne via Delph to hammer home a long shot, and if Belgian influence on that occasion was minimal normal service was resumed with the sixth goal. A delightful diagonal ball left Sané an opportunity he could hardly miss, a fact not lost on a crowd who celebrated by singing De Bruyne’s name rather than that of the goal scorer.

“De Bruyne is head and shoulders above anyone else in the Premier League,” Hughes said, unashamedly joining in the chorus of appreciation. “I have to be honest, some of their goals today were outstanding, almost impossible to defend against because of the quality of the passing. We weren’t at our best but we came up against an exceptional side full of world-class players.”

Stoke were as good as on the bus home by the time Sterling and Bernardo Silva combined for a seventh goal. Guardiola had withdrawn De Bruyne by then, but even with only 66 minutes on the pitch there was no question who was man of the match. “I cannot deny that was one of the best team performances I have seen here,” Guardiola said approvingly.

“We played quick and we played simple, and I hope we can play as well in the next game against Napoli.” Tuesday’s Champions League fixture is likely to be a much sterner test for free-scoring City, but credit where it is due. There is no need for any further speculation about whether or not Guardiola can do it against Stoke.

Manchester City: Ederson, Delph, Otamendi, Walker, Stones, Silva, Fernandinho (Yaya Toure 73’), De Bruyne (Gundogan 64), Sané, de Jesus (Bernardo 63),Sterling      Unused subs  Bravo, Agüero, Mangala, Danilo

Stoke City: Butland, Cameron, Zouma, Wimmer, Martins (Indi 46), Fletcher, Pieters, Edwards (Sobhi 53), Diouf, Shaqiri, Choupo-Moting, Jese (Afellay 46)       Unused subs    Crouch, Ahmed, Berahino, Grant

Referee : Craig Pawson       Attendance : 54,128




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Sat  12/08/2017 17:30 Brighton and Hove Albion  v  Manchester City Prem W 2-0
Mon 21/08/2017 20:00 Manchester City v Everton Prem D 1-1
Sat  26/08/2017 12:30 Bournemouth  v Manchester City Prem W 2-1
Sat  09/09/2017 12:30 Manchester City  v Liverpool Prem W 5-0
Wed 13/09/2017 19:45 Feyenoord v Manchester City CL gs W 4-0
Sat  16/09/2017 15:00 Watford  v Manchester City Prem W 6-0
Wed 20/09/2017 20:00 West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City LC r3 W 2-1
Sat  23/09/2017 15:00 Manchester City  v Crystal Palace Prem W 5-0
Tue 26/09/2017 19:45 Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk CL gs W 2-0
Sat  30/09/2017 17:30 Chelsea  v Manchester City Prem W 1-0
Sat  14/10/2017 15:00 Manchester City  v Stoke City Prem W 7-2
Tue 17/10/2017 19:45 Manchester City  v Napoli Cl gs W 2-1
Sat  21/10/2017 15:00 Manchester City v Burnley Prem  
Sat  28/10/2017 15:00 West Bromwich Albion  v Manchester City Prem  
Wed 01/11/2017 19:45 Napoli v Manchester City CL gs  
Sun 05/11/2017 14:15 Manchester City  v Arsenal Prem  
Sat  18/11/2017 15:00 Leicester City v  Manchester City Prem  
Tue 21/11/2017 19:45 Manchester City  v Feyenoord CL gs  
Sun 26/11/2017 16:00 Huddersfield Town  v Manchester City Prem  
Wed29/11/2017 20:00 Manchester City  v Southampton Prem  
Sat  02/12/2017 15:00 Manchester City  v West Ham United Prem  
Wed 06/12/2017 19:45 Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City CL gs  
Sat  09/12/2017 15:00 Manchester United  v Manchester City Prem  
Tue 12/12/2017 19:45 Swansea City v  Manchester City Prem  
Sat  16/12/2017 15:00 Manchester City  v Tottenham Hotspur Prem  
Sat  23/12/2017 15:00 Manchester City  v Bournemouth Prem  
Tue  26/12/2017 15:00 Newcastle United  v Manchester City Prem  
Sat  30/12/2017 15:00 Crystal Palace  v Manchester City Prem  
01/01/2018 15:00 Manchester City v  Watford Prem  
13/01/2018 15:00 Liverpool  v Manchester City Prem  
20/01/2018 15:00 Manchester City  v Newcastle United Prem  
31/01/2018 20:00 Manchester City  v West Bromwich Albion Prem  
03/02/2018 15:00 Burnley  v Manchester City Prem  
10/02/2018 15:00 Manchester City  v Leicester City Prem  
24/02/2018 15:00 Arsenal  v Manchester City Prem  
03/03/2018 15:00 Manchester City  v Chelsea Prem  
10/03/2018 15:00 Stoke City v  Manchester City Prem  
17/03/2018 15:00 Manchester City  v Brighton and Hove Albion Prem  
31/03/2018 15:00 Everton  v Manchester City Prem  
07/04/2018 15:00 Manchester City  v Manchester United Prem  
14/04/2018 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur  v Manchester City Prem  
21/04/2018 15:00 Manchester City  v Swansea City Prem  
28/04/2018 15:00 West Ham United  v Manchester City Prem  
05/05/2018 15:00 Manchester City  v Huddersfield Town Prem  
13/05/2018 15:00 Southampton  v Manchester City Prem  


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