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The City View

Before what suggests being an ominous trek to the Etihad this weekend, TEB had a chat with the guys at CITY WATCH to find out more about last season for the blue half of Manchester and their thoughts ahead of this match up.

Q. What did you make of last season for City?

To say it was disappointing would be stating the obvious. We fell short because of poor defending and the inability to kill games off. Pep knew by about February who he wanted to sign to put this right and he has done that, so hoping for much better this time round.

Q. How was the summer transfer window for the club and were the problem areas addressed in your opinion?

The failure to seal the Alexis Sanchez deal on deadline day overshadows what was a great window. We needed to replace the ageing spine of the team and we have done that, signing youthful talent.

Q. Is there a view that this season if a big one for Pep Guardiola and City in terms of getting back among the silverware?

This year is massive for Pep. He missed out last season but people could blame it on the side not being ‘his’, with the likes of Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy, Aleksandar Kolarov playing regularly (all over thirty years of age). He has since addressed this and can be properly judged.

Q. If you had to pick one competition to concentrate on, which one would it be?

Winning the league and silencing the United fans would be great. However, the Champions League would be massive and would truly announce us as a European force.

Q. A lot of clubs have struggled with atmosphere in recent year. How has it been at City and would the introduction of safe standing go a long way to helping bring it back?

The atmosphere at the Etihad more often than not is poor, as it is for most home crowds. We have designated singing areas where supporter groups help to get it going, but more could be done.

Q. With United looking strong this season, it looks like being quite a battle between the Manchester clubs. Do you see them as your main rivals this season?

Them and Chelsea, yes. United look good but so far they have not played any of the top six sides. We will see how good they are then.

Q. Explain to us how the last ten years have been for the football the club.

Wow. The last ten years have been a bit surreal. The new owners came in and within hours (literally) we had signed Robinho and really announced ourselves. Nine years later I’d say we are a big power in European football.

Q. Name one player from EACH side that you think the opposition should consider a real threat.

Wilfried Zaha always gives us a torrid time. He always manages to skip past a full back early on and get the home crowd roaring, then it feels a bit of a backs against the wall job.

If I was a Palace fan I’d be petrified of Kevin De Bruyne. When he is in this form, he is unstoppable. He gets the ball and more often than not makes a killer pass that leads to a very good chance.

Q. Your prediction?

City haven’t lost yet, and Palace haven’t scored… so it all adds up nicely for a shock Palace 1-0! Realistically, if we play like we have been doing, we should win, but you never know. 3-0 City.

Q. And finally, please tell us all about your fan group along with any projects that you may currently be working on.

City Watch is a fan run site covering all things Manchester City. Before I joined I used it as my go to site for City news. We now do match coverage and opinion pieces which compliment the news stories nicely.



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Jay Crame

Jay Crame

Jay is the founder of TEB and site editor. An avid Palace fan since the late eighties with a passion for music and far too many other sports. Presenter and producer of The Meridian Sports Show on Meridian FM.

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