Well my first sentence has to be about how glad I am to see the football season resume. I have very little interest in following England, my only interest is in seeing how City players have performed internationally. I enjoy the International tournaments – The World Cup, The Euro’s, African Cup of Nations, Copa America, I just hate how the qualifiers cause the English football season to stop and start.
Anyway, glad to be able to go to a game again on Saturday – a 3pm kick off a rare occurrence.
My thoughts on the game, club and team this week are:
- We played much better than the previous 2 games – I may as well state the obvious – it would have been party atmosphere in the stadium had the 2 penalties been scored. Yes I know – it is the obvious. However, some of our play particularly in the first half was superb and if we’d converted the two, the team may have been lifted and gone on to score more.
- David Silva is awesome! He is my favourite player -I love his attitude and skill. He is humble despite being gifted with greatness. It’s fair to say plagued with an ankle injury his performances weren’t his best last season, but boy is he back to his best. El Mago controlled so much of the game. He seems to be developing a great rapport with his Spanish team mate Nolito, as seen in the goal that saved our blushes. I think it’s great to see him as Captain. I saw someone post on a City fans forum that everyone should take 10 minutes in a game to solely watch him, not the general play. I second this – having done so I can truly appreciate his contribution to the team, and acknowledge his beauty as a player. I have never had the pleasure of meeting the guy but I obtained a framed signed photo and it has pride of place in my home office.
- Moving on to The Champions League and Barcelona on Wednesday evening at The Nou Camp. I’m always a cautious optimist where City’s concerned but my prediction following our recent games where there have been a few blips I predict we will be ‘typical City’ and come away undefeated on Wednesday! I got to travel to the Nou Camp in 2014 to watch City. An away game with City in Europe was on my bucket list and I have achieved it, however it’s fair to say the away fans experience in the Nou Camp is not the delight you expect it to be – but that’s another post for another day! The rest of the trip lived up to expectations.