Tuesday 14 April 2009

It's finally here. One of City's biggest matches for years is finally upon us: the UEFA Cup Quarter Final second leg against Hamburg at the City of Manchester Stadium.

City do have an uphill struggle to overcome the 3-1 defeat from Hamburg, but must be optimistic and remember that two home goals and Mark Hughes' men are back in the game. The absolute last thing City can afford to do is concede, but that will be difficult against a sharp and acute Hamburg side that look like the best side left in the competition. It's a battle, it's against the odds but it's the most important game of football for Manchester City for YEARS.

But did any City fan actually think that we would get so far? Did you believe that we would be in the final eight of the UEFA Cup at the beginning of this season? Lets make Thursday night an occasion to remember. Bring your flags, bananas and your die-hard City spirit to Eastlands and lets get the place rocking. We as fans have the power to act as the twelve man or woman to push the eleven players on the pitch to victory. a two-goal deficit isn't impossible at all. We must believe. We CAN do it! Expect the unexpected.

The 3-1 defeat against Fulham at Eastlands on Sunday has inevitably got the 'Hughes Out' brigade vocal again. It was obvious that Hughes would be making changes, due to injuries and to one eye being cast on Thursday night. It was good to see Martin Petrov back in action and the run-out will be good for him, with a spot in the team on Thursday potentially up for grabs.

The performance though was disappointing and lacklustre. The eleven players looked out of sorts and you could tell that they hadn't played together before. Richard Dunne and Micah Richards had absolute howlers unfortunately, but positive performances were few and far between. I spoke at length before the game on BBC Radio Manchester with Ian Cheeseman about how important it is, during the club's infinate wealth, not to lose our soul and that players should get sweat on the blue shirt- something that had been told to me by club legend Colin Bell. The only players that actually looked bothered were academy graduates Nedum Onuoha and Stephen Ireland. The latter's goal was sublime and he must be the club's runaway favourite for Player of the Season.

The result of my latest poll is in. I asked which City player you would offload at the end of the current season if you had the chance. 13% of you said Gelson Fernandes and 33% of you suggested Darius Vassell. But the winner, with 46% of the vote is Danny Mills, a player that has been seen more times on the television as a supposed pundit than he has in a blue shirt for a long, long time. Is the club still paying his wage? Ridiculous. The new poll is open so, as always, get voting.

Keep the faith as always. If you can get into Manchester earlier, a lot of City fans are gathering in Shambles Square, near Selfridges, so come on down and share the blue love if you can.

No comments: