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Manchester City 1 Everton 1      Battle of the Blues
Monday 21st August 2017 : GYKO at the Etihad

For long periods, it looked as though Manchester City would be frustrated here and indeed they may well be when they look back on the match this week. Yet, in context, this was an important point earned when all appeared to be going against them.

Pep Guardiola’s side dominated an effective but unadventurous Everton, who in fairness, did not need to show much ambition once Wayne Rooney, on his first return to Manchester, put them ahead towards the close of the first half with his 200th Premier League goal. Their advantage was strengthened minutes later in the evening’s key incident, with Kyle Walker sent off for barging youngster Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

At that point, serious questions could have been asked about City’s pre-season tag of title favourites but a late, sweet strike on the volley from substitute Raheem Sterling salvaged what, even at this early stage of the campaign, could prove to be an significant comeback against a side that will test the rest of the top six clubs.

Guardiola was looking to avenge the heaviest league defeat of his managerial career, which Everton inflicted at Goodison Park with a 4-0 triumph back in January. It was the highlight of Ronald Koeman’s first season in charge and this summer has seen further cause for optimism, with a raft of expensive signings. Their latest acquisition, the £45m Gylfi Sigurdsson, started on the substitutes’ bench.

If Everton are to make good on a promising off-season, however, it is games like this in which they need to pick up points regularly. This was the first part of a run which will test the credentials of Koeman’s side, with Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United to follow. The 20-year-old Calvert-Lewin, named alongside Rooney in attack, looked to get his side off to the best possible start but cracked an effort from wide right wide of Ederson’s right-hand post.

It would be the visitors’ only sight of goal for a good while as City assumed control, holding the ball for long periods of play in the final third. Their problem was fashioning an opening. David Silva and Sergio Aguero were, in particular, finding space but no breakthrough. The latter should have pulled the trigger when played through on goal just after the half-hour mark but instead dallied and saw a prone Phil Jagielka clear Everton’s line. Aguero almost atoned minutes later by creating an opening for Silva with a delightful chipped pass but the Spaniard’s strike smashed against the post.

It was all City but then it all fell apart. Guardiola’s full-back overhaul this summer cost him £130m but his decision to deploy Leroy Sane, a natural winger, in the position here cost him the first goal. The youngster’s loose pass ceded possession to his opposite number Mason Holgate who, amid some ramshackle City defending, slipped Calvert-Lewin in with ease. The forward squared to find Rooney, whose first-time finish deflected onto the post off Ederson’s legs and rolled in.

After such dominance, City were one down and it would get worse before half-time. Walker, on his home debut, had only just received a booking when he barged into Calvert-Lewin while contesting a high ball. The severity of the foul was debatable but the intent was clear and Bobby Madley saw enough in it to issue Walker with his marching orders.

Guardiola was incensed and spent the moments preceding the start of the second half re-enacting the incident with fourth official and reluctant participant Michael Oliver. The Catalan’s remaining 10 players tried to find a more proactive solution once play re-started but they too were frustrated. City’s desperation was clear as early as the 48th minute, when Pickford picked the ball up after a slide tackle by Baines. The home players and support screamed for a backpass but Madley rightly waved their frantic protests away.

Everton, by contrast, were composed to a man. Happy to cede possession so long as they stayed compact and organised, they restricted City to meek efforts from range. By the hour mark, Koeman felt it safe enough to introduce Sigurdsson, whose first real action saw him send in a devilish free-kick. Ederson rushed off his line to punch it clear from danger.

City sent on one of their own new boys, Bernardo Silva, in response and the £43m acquisition from Monaco had his side’s first effort on goal for some time, limply shooting wide of Pickford’s left-hand post after Aguero’s trickery. Another substitute, Sterling, should have equalised moments later after more neat interplay but blazed his effort over.

The hosts were turning the screw now and eventually their equaliser came. Danilo’s cross from the left was dealt with by Ashley Williams, but not sufficiently. His header only went as far as the boot of Sterling, who seamlessly volleyed past a helpless Pickford and into the bottom-left hand corner.

Level on the scoreboard, the two sides were soon level in terms of personnel when with two minutes of regulation time remaining, Morgan Schneiderlin received his second yellow card of the night for a late tackle on Aguero. Again, Madley's decision was contentious. City now smelled blood but could not cap off their comeback. A hard-fought point would be all they would take.
 

Teams:

Manchester City (3-5-2): Ederson; Otamendi, Stones, Kompany; Walker, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, D. Silva, Sane, Jesus, Aguero.
Substitutes not used: Bravo, Danilo, Mangala, Toure, Foden, Sterling, B. Silva.

Everton (3-5-2): Pickford; Keane, Williams, Jagielka; Holgate, Gueye, Schniederlin, Davies, Baines; Rooney, Calvert-Lewin.
Substitutes not used: Stekelenburg, Mirallas, Martina, Sigurdsson, Klaassen, Besic, Lookman.

Referee: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)    att

Brighton 0 Manchester City 2              Brighton Rock
Saturday 12th August 2017 : Vince Taylor for GYKO at the Ammex Stadium

For Brighton & Hove Albion, this was one of those scenarios when the age-old saying about sport’s value being in the taking part rang true. It was never likely to be about the winning, not against Premier League favourites with all the massed qualities that Manchester City bring. In some ways it is no bad thing this one is ticked off now. Brighton can get on with the task in hand with a different kind of focus.

City were not at their slickest but still possessed more than enough finesse to dominate, cruise through the game and pick up three points thanks to two late goals.

Pep Guardiola’s satisfaction to begin the campaign with an exercise in control and a straightforward win was clear. They did everything required, with gallons of potential in the tank. But do not go reading too much into it now.

“Last season I was sitting here after the Sunderland game and you said: ‘You are the favourites, most beautiful, handsome and nice guys in the league.’ And after, you know what happened last season? Chelsea killed us,” he said. “OK, we accept what the people say but all we have to try is to improve and improve.”

The speed of their attacking patterns is an area he wants to tweak, and it was notable how many dynamic players were in reserve. What a bench – Bernardo Silva, Leroy Sané and Raheem Sterling came on for late cameos.

Guardiola was pleased to see his defence was relatively untroubled. The presence of Vincent Kompany always makes a difference, Kyle Walker slotted in comfortably and his fellow summer signing, Ederson, in goal, had only one nerve-wracking moment to contend with.

Brighton could have been handed a gentler first course at English football’s top table. Perhaps a Watford or Huddersfield or Burnley or so the stereotype would have it … As it turned out the highly tuned and luxuriously reinforced ambition of Guardiola’s City ensured the excitement was mixed with an understandable dose of trepidation.

The chasm in terms of resources was made plain by the fact City’s new collection of full-backs cost more than the funds raised to construct the Amex Stadium, but it was the football gap Brighton were keen to mind.

First of all they had to master their own nerves. The sense of heady occasion, the mark of history, all the anticipation that had gripped this part of the south coast seemed to weigh heavily on the Brighton players for the first 20 minutes. Chris Hughton was conscious that this was a special day, and a tricky one for his players to manage calmly.

“It’s understandable,” he said. “Today was very much a club day. This club had a very difficult history – there were a lot of supporters here who were not able to come not so long ago. Our first game in the Premier League was going to be a big occasion but the fact Man City were coming made it even bigger.”

The return of top-flight football for the first time since 1983, and the depths of their plummet in the meantime, meant emotions were charged as this boisterous crowd rubbed their eyes and welcomed this big step with spine-tingling noise.

Making inroads against City was not the priority. Containment was. Their illustrious opponents hugged the ball, retaining possession for long stretches.

David Silva’s creative spark shone. Gabriel Jesus had flashes in the spotlight in search of a breakthrough. On one occasion the Brazilian caught the ball at speed and it bounced off his leg and scooped off his arm and in. Michael Oliver, the referee, immediately spotted the infringement and there was no question of a goal.

City stepped up a gear after the break and the crowd held its collective breath for an Agüero-must-score moment. He opened up his body and looked set for a deadly finish but his shot was strangely off beam.

Then Brighton found another gear of their own. Shane Duffy stabbed in a shot. Lewis Dunk came close and when the ball pinballed out to Davy Pröpper the Dutchman lashed wide.

The pendulum swung back as City regained momentum and began probing again. De Bruyne carved room for himself to strike with ferocity. The ball hit Dunk’s hand and despite City’s protestations the official showed no inclination to award a penalty.

The visitors would not wait long to clinch the points, though. When Dale Stephens lost possession City broke with clinical precision. Kevin De Bruyne clipped the ball to Silva, whose cute first- touch pass was threaded perfectly for Agüero. The ball was guided past Ryan with unerring cool.

There would be no way back for Brighton when City doubled their lead three minutes later as Dunk turned Fernandinho’s cross into his own net.

TEAMS

Brighton and Hove Albion: Ryan, Duffy, Saltor, Grau (Murphy (24’) Suttner, Dunk, Stephens, Brown, Pröpper, March (Knockaert 77’) Groß, Hemed (Murray 60’)
Unused subs  Sidwell, Mäenpää, Hünemeier, Rosenior

Manchester City: Ederson, Otamendi, Stones, Kompany, Walker, De Bruyne, Danilo (Sane 66’), Silva, Fernandinho, de Jesus (Sterling 78’), Agüero (Bernardo 83’)
Unused subs Touré, Foden, Bravo, Mangala

Referee Michael Oliver     Attendance 30,415

Prem

Date

Time

Home Team

 

Away Team

Comp Result
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  
Sat  09/09/2017 12:30 Manchester City  v Liverpool Prem  
Sat  16/09/2017 15:00 Watford  v Manchester City Prem  
Sat  23/09/2017 15:00 Manchester City  v Crystal Palace Prem  
Sat  30/09/2017 17:30 Chelsea  v Manchester City Prem  
Sat  14/10/2017 15:00 Manchester City  v Stoke City Prem  
Sat  21/10/2017 15:00 Manchester City v Burnley Prem  
Sat  28/10/2017 15:00 West Bromwich Albion  v Manchester City Prem  
Sun 05/11/2017 14:15 Manchester City  v Arsenal Prem  
Sat  18/11/2017 15:00 Leicester City v  Manchester City Prem  
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  
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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Manchester City v Gornik Zabrze
European Cup Winners Cup Final  1970

City's finest hour - or hour and a half, whichever way you look at it. Played in Vienna, Austria in the pouring rain this match as far as I know was the only European Final involving a British club not to be shown live on TV, at least in England. I badly want a copy of the programme so if anyone has one that they wish to unload on me please get in touch.
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The DVD charts the success of the season so far, following the arrival of new owner Dr Thaksin Shinawatra and Manager Sven-Goran Eriksson back in July. At that point, they were coming to a club that only avoided relegation by four points the previous season and had failed to score a league goal at home since New Years Day. A few months later, City were a club transformed, thanks in the main to the spectacular impact of Eriksson and his management style. New signings such as Brazilian star Elano and Bulgarian flyer Martin Petrov have complemented Academy Graduates like Micah Richards and Michael Johnson. The Blues have made their best start to a league campaign for years and put together an incredible number of successive home wins that took them to third in the Barclays Premier League. Much more on here in the extras section - TOP DVD Quality

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