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  1. City sitting pretty after 1-0 Palace win

    Simon Curtis

    For those people who like to put two and two together and get seventeen, this would be the match where Manchester City would break the all-time Premier League scoring record, sending poor Crystal Palace into a tailspin of self-doubt that could only f...

    Blog | December 28, 2013
  2. Where do we go from here?

    Simon Curtis

    Much air has been breathed in and exhaled again in the dispute over football's place in the grand scheme of modern things and, far be it from us simple followers of the great game to attempt to lie down in front of the trundling tank wheels of progre...

    Blog | November 16, 2013
  3. Bunching at the top

    Simon Curtis

    FIFA's raft of international breaks continue apace, this time for the World Cup playoffs, so far featuring two unedifying mismatches between Asia/Oceania and South/Central America. Whilst Europe gets in on the act this weekend, the Premier League onc...

    Blog | November 13, 2013
  4. More points scattered to the four winds

    Simon Curtis

    Manchester City have managed -- by dint of a performance as alarming in its slackness as the last two fixtures had been in their robust efficiency -- to complete quite a record on what from now on will be called "Wearyside." In four consecutive vi...

    Blog | November 10, 2013
  5. Sailing Towards the Light

    Simon Curtis

    Before the good ship Manchester City veers back out to sea to navigate the choppy local waters just off Sunderland, it might be worth spending a few relaxed moments to take in the majestic view off the aft deck, as the sun goes down over another week...

    Blog | November 07, 2013
  6. Losing perspective, winning points

    Simon Curtis

    In the high jinks, knee-jerk world of Premier League football, where unexpected defeat means instant pressure on the manager's bowed shoulders and a surprise victory means you are heading straight for the Bernabeu, first-class travel included, there ...

    Blog | November 03, 2013
  7. Family matters

    Simon Curtis

    Manchester City will be happy to inhale the fresh air of home at last on Saturday when they finally touch base in the north-west after an exhausting two weeks visiting London, Moscow, London again and Newcastle in three different competitions. With t...

    Blog | November 01, 2013
  8. Quick feet of Silva bring hope for the future

    Simon Curtis

    It had been 90 minutes of gentle grazing for Edin Dzeko. There was a lot of grass out there and he wandered around testing much of it, stamping, trotting and generally keeping warm. Dzeko is a bit of an enigma at Manchester City, one whom the fans do...

    Blog | October 30, 2013
  9. Bridge of sighs

    Simon Curtis

    As if all the breast beating and introspection about Javi Garcia's slowness to turn and track, Vincent Kompany's glass hamstrings and Joleon Lescott's Pellegrini curse was not enough, into this mix of severe centre-half anxiety complex came debutant ...

    Blog | October 27, 2013
  10. Crossing boundaries

    Simon Curtis

    A second straight away win in Europe, a triumph on a first-ever trip onto Russian soil, and a first-ever appearance in the knockout stages of the Champions League beckoning in the near distance. Wednesday night was truly an occasion to force down the...

    Blog | October 24, 2013
  11. City treading (wet) new ground

    Simon Curtis

    "We get a quick first look at Moscow. Wide, incredibly empty streets, sidewalks full of hurrying shabby people, walking past dingy shops in dilapidated buildings. Monotonous rows of uninteresting apartments , concrete beehives which sometimes make an...

    Blog | October 22, 2013
  12. Poetry in motion

    Simon Curtis

    What is this vicarious thrill, this great release of anxiety, this unmistakeable allure of the aesthetic that Manchester City, when in this kind of coquettish mood, set before us? It fair moves the soul to see the likes of Sergio Aguero and David Sil...

    Blog | October 19, 2013
  13. Separate lives

    Simon Curtis

    This is a story of two Manchester City footballers. A modern story that is repeated across the land, across the continent at all of the leading clubs of Europe. In many ways it is a sad story, but it reflects the contiguous needs of today's fast-pace...

    Blog | October 17, 2013
  14. Kazimierz Deyna: Man City's Polish connection

    Simon Curtis

    England versus Poland on Tuesday with a place in the finals of the World Cup at stake. Many have already made the connection to a dramatic, energy-sapping match between the two nations almost exactly 40 years ago to the day, when Sir Alf Ramsey's sid...

    Blog | October 15, 2013
  15. The Polish Connection

    Simon Curtis

    England versus Poland on Tuesday with a place in the finals of the World Cup at stake. Many have already made the connection to a dramatic, energy-sapping match between the two nations almost exactly 40 years ago to the day, when Sir Alf Ramsey's sid...

    Blog | October 14, 2013
  16. Adding to the ranks in sky blue

    Simon Curtis

    Glory-hunters. A term that cuts to the quick of any died-in-the-wool, seen-it-all-before supporters in English football. These beasts, little understood and parodied left, right and centre, can now been spotted clustering at many Premier League g...

    Blog | October 12, 2013