Newsletter #1754

With kick-off looming we’ve a quick look at the Charity Shield game and tactics, Mario and a new FAQ for the new season thanks to David.

Next Game: Swansea City, home, 8pm Monday 15 August 2011


Obviously disappointed by our second-half let-down against the Rags but I would rather see Kompany mess up in this match than in a game that really counts.

Too bad Mancini hasn’t learned from last season that we can’t afford to sit on a lead. We did it so many times last season, go a goal up and park the bus or go for a safe one point against Arsenal and United. The TV pundit on Fox Sports Canada correctly pointed out that City’s main failing is settling for one point when they could go for three. This will be the defining point of how we progress this season.

Surely at 2-0 against United we should have gone all out against them in the second half and took the game to them. But no, Mancini plays it cautious, they score a goal and then it was let’s get conservative and try to hang on… and that thought lasted six minutes.

One positive thing I will say about United is that they certainly know how to play out the last five minutes of a game. Surely we must have known from previous games that they are going to come at us in injury time and yes they did it again!

I think we will do well this season but we just have to be more aggressive and learn to turn the knife when we have a team on the ropes. Otherwise we will eventually regret dropping points we should be collecting.

Keith Sharp <>


Mario Balotelli has to change his attitude for the sake of the club and football. Make no mistake, Mario can be a brilliant player, his goal versus Inter Milan was a bullet of a header.

How long can Roberto Mancini keep telling us that he is only a young player, whilst we see other young players in other clubs just play their best to compete for their place in teams?

Not all things off the field have been bad; Mario helped out a homeless man after his win in a casino. It is not his off the field performances that affect me so much, but those on the pitch.

Whilst playing versus United, Mario very much reminded me of Adebayor, just after Adebayor scored a great goal against his old club the Gooners. He then became lazy. Mario scores a great goal against his old club Inter, then became lazy versus United!

Mario produces when you don’t expect it; we see some genius, but he is not consistent! We know that Mario can be a great player; it is time to concentrate 100% on football and produce it on the pitch. Mario is lucky to have one of the best managers in football, and who speaks his language of Italian.

Come on Mario, do it so that we can all call you “Super Mario”.

Come on you Blues!

P.S. This is meant to be encouragement and not the opposite, for we all want the best.

Ernie Barrow <britcityblue(at)>

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