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  1. Yaya doesn't take the cake

    Simon Curtis

    Now, I don't know about you, but I could never quite decide whether Yaya Toure was a Victoria sponge type of guy, a lover of buccellato or just a fiend for a fondant fancy. Those of us battered by the history of Manchester City (we've already see...

    Blog | May 20, 2014
  2. All hail the champions

    Simon Curtis

    Was this the day we waved good bye to "typical City" and stepped out into the harsh light of a brave new world? Some will hope not, after decades of spectacular failure and belly laughs at every corner. Manchester City just aren't Manchester City wit...

    Blog | May 11, 2014
  3. City are veterans of final day joy and despair

    Simon Curtis

    Manchester City fans will have been doing one of two things this week, having seen an attritional game of patience against Aston Villa on Monday turn into a second-half deluge, both meteorologically speaking and literally. The first thing to do as...

    Blog | May 09, 2014
  4. The ecstasy and agony of a thrilling title race

    Simon Curtis

    And so it comes to this. After a league season dominated by Arsenal's rampant start, by Chelsea's heavy motors and then suddenly -- to everyone's apparent glee -- by a resurrected Liverpool on a direct spurt from 1989, we are left with only one prope...

    Blog | May 06, 2014
  5. With City stars back in side, anything's possible

    Simon Curtis

    "When Manchester City received the investment that has since changed the club beyond all recognition, Everton were reputed to have been one of the clubs Sheikh Mansour looked at with a view to buying. City were picked and moved swiftly on. Everton we...

    Blog | May 02, 2014
  6. Delve deeper, UEFA, as FFP is just the tip of the iceberg

    Simon Curtis

    UEFA's investigatory chamber, the austerely named Club Financial Control Body, has decided that Manchester City's spending under Sheikh Mansour's stewardship has not exactly complied with their sparkly new FFP rules. We are led to believe that a puni...

    Blog | April 30, 2014
  7. The Premier League pendulum swings City's way

    Simon Curtis

    There was an eerie, almost poetic contrast between the final frantic minutes played out by Liverpool as they saw Chelsea's heavily depleted side wrap up a 2-0 win at Anfield and the calm authority with which Manchester City bestrode the Selhurst Park...

    Blog | April 27, 2014
  8. Walking down memory lane -- 1981 and all that

    Simon Curtis

    "John Bond's cup runneth over, but Malcolm Allison's remains dry as a bone...." So went the opening line of Colin Malam's report for the Sunday Telegraph in January 1981. The match that had just been completed on the soaking wet Maine Road pitch, ...

    Blog | April 26, 2014
  9. Man City gear up for another end of season spectacular

    Simon Curtis

    With fingers now being crossed in Manchester and West London that a wheel or two can gently fall off the dangerously speeding Liverpool bandwagon before the finishing line is reached, City's straightforward delivery of three points last Monday night ...

    Blog | April 24, 2014
  10. City's stellar season now feels underwhelming

    Simon Curtis

    Manchester City, deep into Phase 3 of a strangely serpentine season, must now hope that there might just be an obtuse, jarring, exhilarating and extremely short Phase 4 before the season's curtain drops on us all in less than a month's time. Phas...

    Blog | April 18, 2014
  11. Time for Pellegrini to face the music

    Simon Curtis

    As Manchester City's mentally tired players stumbled to a desperate, season-defining draw at home to basement dwellers Sunderland, manager Manuel Pellegrini wore the expression of an old lady being introduced to the Internet after 35 years of studiou...

    Blog | April 17, 2014
  12. Sunderland must fear history repeating itself

    Simon Curtis

    Approaching the end of a season with a game affecting the possible relegation of Sunderland will remind many of the tumultuous struggle enacted at Maine Road on May 11, 1991. This was the penultimate season before the onset of the all-dancing, all-pr...

    Blog | April 15, 2014
  13. Pivotal moments in title race

    Simon Curtis

    There are many moments that occur in a football match, and over the course of a season, that can be described as pivotal, so to single out Vincent Kompany's awful attempted defensive clearance in the 78th minute of a bona fide Anfield classic might b...

    Blog | April 13, 2014
  14. In the history books: City and Liverpool's rivalry

    Simon Curtis

    Manchester City's exploits in recent years contrast vividly with Liverpool's modern-day fall from grace. Heading back a generation, however, there was a time when both clubs were struggling to come to terms with the prospective dawn of the Premier Le...

    Blog | April 10, 2014
  15. The curious case of Alvaro Negredo: The Beast that became a lamb

    Simon Curtis

    It may be a little impertinent to ask in this 2013-14 season of almost unremitting positivity from Manchester City, a period of coruscating goal-strewn wins, delicious football and half-melon smiles, a season that has seen Manuel Pellegrini's introdu...

    Blog | April 06, 2014
  16. Saints but mostly sinners

    Simon Curtis

    The day the papers announced that ex-Southampton right back Ivan Golac -- a product of the old Yugoslavia who had plied his trade down on the south coast for five years -- had signed for Manchester City, City fans might have guessed that the writing ...

    Blog | April 04, 2014