Club name: Real Madrid CF
Club name: Real Madrid CF
Depriving bored fans of repetitive articles over a multitude of months, last Sunday it was announced that Everton had agreed a fee with Manchester City for the sale of Jack Rodwell, and by the end of the day Rodwell was a Manchester City player.
The Blues had finally made a move in the transfer market, becoming the final team in the Premier League to do so. A fee said to be £12m rising to £15m for a versatile 21-year-old England international doesn’t appear quite so egregious, but the transfer has been met with bemusement by some City supporters, and mockery from rival fans – type Jack Rodwell into Twitter and in a matter of seconds you will be inundated with various repetitions of the same ‘retirement’ joke. Many do not seem to understand why the Premier League champions would take a chance on a player whose progression has stalled since he made the breakthrough to first team football at just 16, but this could very well be a move which will benefit all parties.
During his time playing for City, Mario Balotelli has amassed more controversy and rumours than any player in recent memory. He is quickly acquiring an iconic status, whether he gives a shit or not. If you heard the rumours that make it as far as, say, TV news, without seeing Balotelli on the pitch, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the man is some kind of saint.
If you actually looked in to all of the stories, he reads like a mixture of Mother Theresa and a rich-kid (edit: VERY rich) trying desperately to get an ASBO. However, if you went a step further and believed these rumours, then you’d have no problem juggling the following claims: Continue reading
Away from the hotly discussed and often completely misinterpreted discussion on two-footed tackles, imaginary card waving has been hitting the headlines recently. Roberto Mancini’s actions taking the headlines on a day in which Darlington looked set to go under – something which I think says a lot about priorities these days.
There are no silver linings to a massacre; no extenuating circumstances in a 6-1 defeat to City at Old Trafford; and no excuse for heads floating away to their million-pound Cheshire mansions in with time still left on the clock.
Neutrals and the fans of both Manchester clubs alike had hoped for a game to remember as the Premier League’s top two sides battled it out for local and national supremacy. The match, in the most unforeseeable way possible, certainly did not disappoint with a 1-6 away win for City that will stick long in the minds of supporters and followers of football alike.
With Sunday’s derby fast approaching, questions abound over who will start, how they’ll play and what desires inform the tactical approach from the manager’s dugout. Dan and Greg look at how their respective teams may line-up on derby day. Continue reading