Discussion in 'Football Banter' started by Clarky101, Jan 20, 2009.
Yeah, my post appeared about a second after you posted the pics!!
Anyone remember David Silva?
That was NEVER a penalty. Just seen it on MOTD - it was almost a carbon copy of the Suarez dive. He was going down as he collided with the defender.
Still think it was a penalty. Yes Dzeko was looking for it but that doesn't stop it being a foul.
More importantly. How laughably ridiculous was their little domestic over that free kick?
They're a total Shambles - Mancini looks like he's aged twenty years. They are giving off all the signs that their title challenge is falling apart.
Also BBC pundits didn't mention the "penalty" once.
The main reason why City did so well up until a few weeks ago and his poor form is the main reason why we are favourites for the title. He is the link between midfield and attack, Dzeko, Balotelli etc. are not bad strikers, they will take chances with service, and he's stopped giving it.
BBC saying they think the physicality and speed of the Premier League has caught up to him and he's basically shagged out.
Yeah, me too. There was a time when the conspiracy theories from bitters and dippers used to piss me off because it was so ridiculous given Fergie's/United's tumultuous relationship with the FA.
Now, I just find them funny.
Mario Balotelli car park video was secret test from Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini
News is coming in from Italy that the video circulating the internet - appearing to show Mario Balotelli helping a man collapsed in a car park - was a set up by Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini.
Balotelli gatecrashed an Inter Milan press conference on Monday to meet up with old friends and wish Inter's new manager good luck. News quickly spread and an Inter Milan employee contacted Roberto Mancini, former Inter manager, immediately to give him a heads up before the story reached England.
The Inter employee in question, Sciocco Di Aprile (who worked in opposition analyses for Mancini), rang his ex-boss and told him the situation whilst the press conference was taking place. Mancini immediately lost his temper and told Sciocco that he was fed up of Balotelli's antics and thought he'd lost touch with normal life.
Mancini wanted to contact the striker and discipline him immediately but Sciocco talked him out of it and disagreed that Balotelli had lost touch with reality, the two debated the situation and came up with a test to see how down-to-earth Balotelli still is.
It involved Sciocco waiting at reception until he heard Balotelli was leaving the press conference and then moving to the car park where the striker's red Ferrari was parked. He lay down in the car park to make it look like he'd collapsed. Mancini had been convinced Balotelli would walk straight past and was going to use evidence - videoed from Inter's security cameras - to show the striker where he was going wrong.
The gist would be that Balotelli walked past a man in need and with both Mancini and the striker being religious - the Manchester City manager thought a lesson could be learnt which would make Balotelli re-evaluate where he was heading and hopefully prove a turning point in his career.
Unfortunately for Mancini, Balotelli did help the man in trouble, Sciocco Di Aprile, which left his plans in a bit of a mess - and Sciocco says this is what made Mancini critical of the striker today.
The Inter employee is angry at the set-up and says he feels ashamed he was involved in such a scam. As a proud Italian he wants Balotelli in top shape for Euro 2012 and thinks Mancini's antics could harm the national team.
Speaking exclusively to Gazzetta dello Scherzo, he has revealed the whole story.
Sciocco Di Aprile - love it!
Looking at City's starting XI from yesterday. . . It really didn't look like anything special at all. I looked at it and thought that United should be expecting to win the title if that's what we're against. I know that they had a few players out or on the bench but for the money that they've invested I really do think their squad should be better than it is. IMO they've spent too much on average players like Barry, Clichy, Lescott and Johnson.
Completely agree with that last statement and would add James Milner to that list, who is an above average player, but whom they spent too much on. Michael Johnson looks to have some real talent, but is not blossoming at City with all the competition.
Without David Silva they do lack genuine class in midfield. They have an impressive set of strikers, but their midfield is too dependent on Silva and that as been exposed. They have Samir Nasri but he hasn't been on fire and let's hope it stays that way.
James Milner has been one of City's best players this season and as for Barry he's a much better player than Nigel de Jong and when he's not in the side they struggle.
Yeah, he has, but I still think they shelled out a lot for him. Nigel De Jong is not having a good season, but when he joined City, he was better and more important for City than Barry.
Does it matter how much you shell out when your owners are taking in billions and the money being spent is pittance?
De Jong is incredibly limited and has been found this year. Last season City were way more negative and that suited him, when they've tried to be anyway creative he's look out of place and shocking. Barry is a much better player and adds some stability to their midfield.
Wow good reply. You've been missed.
Thanks, judging by the messages i've received, I have been.
If Gareth Barry rocks your party, I'm not going to spoil your party by pointing out that he's an average player.
Also, if you have to resort to comparing him to Nigel de Jong, then I'm happy to give your party a miss.
It annoys me that I'd love Balotelli here.
People sent you messages. Cool story bro.
Gareth Barry doesn't 'rock my party', he's a decent footballer is all and a more rounded player that Nigel de Jong who offers nothing in a positive sense. Barry can actually pick a pass and run with the ball at his feet. Resort to comparing them? What are you on about, they play for the same team, in the same position and are competing for places? Do you actually watch football or what exactly was your point?
Loved your simply post though of 'OK'. No argument so concedes tries to be a condescending wanker. Here's the thing, log out again, and actually watch some football. There's a good lad.