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