After the ties against Midgetland I really didn’t hold my breath. But then came the home win against Twente, the superb match in Germany (where Stephen Ireland stole the show yet again) against Schalke and before City fans knew it we were through to the knock-out stages. Belief was growing and, after overcoming the hurdle of Aalborg, it was down to Hamburg. A poor performance in the first leg meant that it all came down to overcoming a two-goal deficit at home in what turned out to be the biggest game of the season (so far).
De Jong looks promising, Bellamy was scoring for fun before his knee injury ruled him out for the season and Given has been solid in goal. Of course, we haven’t seen anything yet of the elusive Berti, apart from within the confines of city centre night clubs. For me, the jury is still out on Bridge. I think Javier Garrido is under-rated and didn’t deserve the criticism he received from fans. But the vast majority of the signings Hughes has made have ticked all the right boxes- and have seen the team improve in key positions.
The other opinion is that Hughes isn’t capable of taking City to the next level. With rumours circulating of his military-style training sessions, coupled with the apparent refusal to speak and connect with his players on a man-management and motivational level and shouts of dressing room unrest, Hughes has been the target of abuse. But which side are you on? Do you know?