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 LUCKY TO GET NIL: PRE-SEASON POST-SEASON REVIEW 13/14

Negredo In MudHere at LTGN, we aim to give you the most up to date City news and reviews, and so in time-honoured fashion (if you remember the match reports of the title-winning season) what follows is our review of this season before it has even happened yet.

Manuel Pellegrini’s first season at the Etihad Road helm can certainly be viewed positively: the team having recaptured the Premier League title, made the last eight of the Champions League and lost out to a disputed Grant Holt goal in a reprise of the previous year’s FA Cup final against Wigan.

Read more: Lucky to Get Nil : Pre-Season Post Season Review 2013/2014

 

LTGN followers of a certain vintage may remember last year's Round Carlos' House series, in which the diminutive Argentinian striker was subjected to a Through The Keyhole style forensic examination of his domestic trials and tribulations.

This week's news of the ten-round battle on the training ground between our beloved double-act, Mario and Bobby, has been followed by much press speculation about whether the madcap Italian (and indeed which madcap Italian) would remain at Etihad Road beyond January.

So, with a sense of now-or-never, LTGN girded its loins and decided to pay a visit to Chez Balotelli - before it became too late.

Read more: Lucky To Get Nil: EXCLUSIVE: Round Mario's House

 

Anybody angry yet? 
 

Don't want to say I told you so, but I told you so.

 

This column was roundly derided during pre-season for its criticism of the management's (and here I include everybody, right to the top) inability to strengthen from last season's position of dominance and push on for the 12/13 season. As the club signed a welter of no-hopers and failed to sign the people we really needed to build on the legacy we had begun to create, this column was a lone voice in the wilderness.

Read more: Lucky To Get Nil: EXCLUSIVE: Turnips Back In Season

Bobby Manc ; The cream of manchester

A bit of festive fun for those of you who can’t decide which makes you more sick: the Turkey leftovers, or most of our performances this season. LTGN brings you Bobbyisms: the great man’s utterances and what they really mean!

Read more: Lucky To Get Nil: 'Bobbyisms'


Those who trudged out of Etihad Road on 90 minutes, and away into the sideways rain and Christmas traffic, missed a moment of great import.

For this victory, more than any other this season, represented a zenith of performance not seen in the previous 17. Here are three reasons why:

Read more: Lucky To Get Nil: EXCLUSIVE: Why The Reading Game Was Our Best Performance Of The Season

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Text updates with Paul Handler from New York as the Blues continue in the International Champions Cup.
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Two second half strikes condemned City EDS to a second narrow defeat away to German opposition.
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The Ivorian midfielder has said he wants to stay at City "for as long as possible" and is out for every trophy going.
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The City star says life has been "difficult" after the loss of his brother, but is happy to be back with the City squad after a break.
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The youngster had been linked with the Blues this summer but will have to be bought out of his improved contract.
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