Can I have a word?
Another day, another defeat. It seems like I am only ever writing negative things about City at the moment. The performance against Chelsea on Saturday was one of a team that was completely out-played by a superior team. Sounds simple? It was. We had a 10 minute period in the first half where City was on top and came close a couple of times, but we never really had any shot at the three points.
I do hope that Chelsea can go on to win the title though- not just because of the obvious (not wanting the Stretford lot to win it), but because Avram Grant has been up against it at Stamford Bridge from day one. Jose Mourinho's boots were always going to be big to fill, and it seems the fans have never really had their hearts mended after his departure. He was seen as the 'messiah', the be all and end all of Chelsea and I am pleased that Grant has quietly got on with his day job despite the controversy.
Sven has spoken out at the weekend about his hopes for City getting into Europe via the Fair Play League. Obviously this has happened before, and I was lucky enough to watch City in Belgium when we played Lokeren. To be honest, I think City fans will take a UEFA spot any which way we can at the moment.
Next up for City is a trip to the Stadium of Light, to play Sunderland. For City it's a chance to come up against old foe Roy Keane and I think it will be difficult. The stadium itself is fantastic and always a great away trip, and we have got to go into the game positive and optimistic despite our current form. Fernandes, Johnson and Petrov did impress against Chelsea, but I am very disappointed with Elano. He is certainly living on his reputation alone and is a shade of the player we saw back in September.
Get behind the boys and stay loyal, keep the blue faith!