Stuart Posted September 5, 2010 Share Posted September 5, 2010 Part 1: Bit of Pre-amble Well, following the disappointment that was(or wasn’t) the transfer window, and what with everything that’s going on surrounding a probably, now downgraded to possible, takeover (maybe), it’s good to have an actual football match to concentrate on. A top flight game, facing one of the richest football clubs, if not the richest football club in the World. Not too bad really considering our constraints over the last few years. Since we last played Man City, in January this year, the difference in spending power has meant that a lot has changed for the two clubs. Or has it? Well maybe not as much as we might think. Here are the line ups from that match at the City Of Manchester Stadium: City: Given, Richards, Zabaleta, Garrido, Petrov, Barry, Benjani , Tevez, Kompany, de Jong, Bellamy. Subs (involved): Boyata, Santa Cruz, Robinho Rovers: Robinson, Chimbonda, Samba, Nelsen, Givet, Emerton, Andrews, Nzonzi, Pedersen, Dunn, Di Santo. Subs (involved): Hoilett, Olsson, Kalinic Looking at the City line up for their last game – Hart, Lescott, Kompany, Richards, K Toure, Barry, de Jong, Milner, Y Toure, Johnson, Tevez. Subs (involved): Adebayor, Silva, Jo – it could be argued that City have kept the spine of their team and added some further quality to it. If only the same could be said about Rovers. Whilst we clearly don’t have their budget (for boardroom biscuits), even relatively speaking we haven’t added much to our squad. Ironically, given our opponents, our only additions are in the form of a loanee from their darkest rivals and, arguably, City’s best player during the January encounter – it remains to be seen if these two additions make our squad stronger this season than last – as is Mr. Williams’ assertion. Current players connecting City and Rovers are unlikely to be involved in this match for a number of reasons, Craig Bellamy has gone all “man of the people” and lent out his services to his home town club; Roque Santa Cruz, although name in City’s 25, has gone back to his pre-Rovers fitness levels; and Shay Given can’t seem to find a way past man of the moment, Joe Hart. Barring an injury to the latter this week, unlike City, we are therefore unlikely to have to face any ex players... Parts 2 and 3 to follow... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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