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    Stan Petrov

    Posted this on your match thread before, just noticed this one. As for the accusation of sick chants, thankfully it's yet another example of people making shite up on twitter. An absolutely horrific suggestion.
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    Chelsea v Man City Community Shield

    You speak too soon, we're moving to Nike after this season Gutted. Umbro have been fantastic to us, absolutely love this year's away kit. You were, by a country mile. I was pretty shocked at the Chelsea support actually, it all just seemed very (as I said before) casual. I guess they really didn't give a toss. Although as I heard a bloke behind me say to his mate at one point - 'you gave a toss when we were 1-0 up and it was 11v11 ;)' Haha, good to hear a neutral perspective. As I say, had a cracking time and wish this was the permanent venue. Much more suited.
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    Chelsea v Man City Community Shield

    City fan here, went to the game yesterday. Have to say, I'm glad the game was moved to VP - had a great time; and it seems to be a unanimous opinion among everyone who went that it was a much better trip overall than Wembley last year - proper football ground and a cracking atmosphere, sounded louder even with 10k less tickets. Perhaps because the ground is smaller it allowed the songs to catch on better, but my (biased) opinion was that we were by far the louder of the two sets. Wish holding it at Villa Park wasn't a one off.
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    Over-reaction of Man City stewards

    Hear hear. I hope the guy is alright - they were treating him for ages and ages, when it all calmed down. The whole thing is an utter shambles and a disgrace. From the Guidance (not law) on how all seater ground safety certificates should be managed, to council clowns, to private stewarding companies there's so much wrong, so much that treats the fans as a problem, and that's before you get rip-off prices. Thankfully he was okay in the end - saw him walking up the steps with the paramedic and police (who quite rightly got an earful off pretty much everyone near the end the row for standing back and letting these thugs do what they did). The irony is that the club are looking to our section to improve the atmosphere and are moving the away fans into the 3rd tier for Villarreal in order to give City the whole South Stand. But when we try and get the atmosphere going by standing and singing, we get kicked out for the former. I'm in 110, the block to the left of where it was going on. Us and 111 don't get any grief for standing because I think the club have admitted defeat in attempting to enforce it; people with tickets there are there because they want to stand. Increasingly that's the case with 109, where the trouble took place. The whole argument against safe standing is flawed, and Citing Hillsborough (however tragic that incident was) is wrong. Hillsborough didn't occur because of standing; it occurred through shocking crowd management and the pens the fans were placed in. Standing at a football match in itself is not dangerous if implemented correctly.
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    Over-reaction of Man City stewards

    As I said in the other thread, I absolutely agree. The fact is, football fans pay over the odds to be treated like scum by police and bullies in hi-vis jackets. It's a far cry from the 70s and 80s where it kicked off every week, but this has sent it to the other extreme. You can't stand and sing without being turfed out of the ground anymore. It's sad how sterilised the modern game is. Passionless.
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    Confirmed Signing: Shay Given (Man City)

    Good signing for you lot, Given is a class keeper and realistically can't expect him to sit on the bench for another season. Great shot stopper but his one weakness is probably command of the area.
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    Lets all stare at Manchester City!

    He's shown some real quality but he's been stuck out on the wing a lot of the time. When he played through the middle against Leicester away in the cup a few weeks ago he was immense, drove through their midfield and put one away in style. Wish Mancini would play him instead of Barry. In comparison to Milner he's slow, limited in ability and generally passes sideways. Truly believe he's got it in him.
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    Lets all stare at Manchester City!

    We've all got our fair share. Kind of knocks the edge off it when you've got the kids in tow and have to explain why some knuckledraggin' amoeba is leering drunkenly all over the place and abusing any poor soul in a away shirt! I know what you mean in that respect; I take my little sister sister to home games, and some aways. By and large CoMS is fairly away fan-safe, which Maine Road was anything but! That maze of alleyways must've been hell for a visiting fan. My season ticket at City is just to the right of the away fans in the corner, I love the banter and some great people around me. I'm 19 so I'm fairly new to the away game lark, done 9 since last season. thankfully I missed the bad old days in that respect and I haven't seen anything actually kick off when I've gone away.
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    Lets all stare at Manchester City!

    It does seem like we've got some right Danny Dyer wannabes going to our away matches these days. I didn't go on Saturday but I've seen some right mugs this season. They do seem to be put off by longer trips though, so hopefully there won't be many at Chelsea when I next go away.
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    Lets all stare at Manchester City!

    It would, but I can't overemphasise the importance of De Jong. Every time he doesn't play we really, really miss him. I would play him in the bigger games, but Milner in the lower league teams because he has a more forward threat. If I had my way he'd start ahead of Barry no question. I just feel we need De Jong to anchor the midfield while Milner and Yaya bomb on upfield. In terms of importance to the team De Jong is right up there with Tevez, he's brilliant and hardly ever has a poor game.
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    Lets all stare at Manchester City!

    It would, but I can't overemphasise the importance of De Jong. Every time he doesn't play we really, really miss him. I think this would be for us: -------------De Jong-------------- --------Milner------Yaya---------- Silva------------------------Tevez --------------Dzeko--------------- With Tevez drifting in.
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    Lets all stare at Manchester City!

    Agree entirely on both points mate. I think he had an off day on Saturday, as did Silva but they're allowed one once in a while, both have been immense this season. OH DEAR If you look at the thread everyone is taking the piss out of him. Literally everyone. We think he's as much of a knob as you do.
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    Lets all stare at Manchester City!

    Nah, not really. I think the best way to adapt is to start the matches. In my opinion he just needs a goal to get going and then we'll see how good he really is. For that reason I'd keep him in for the FA Cup game at Notts County next week. I think Mancini will keep him in too, the team he played against Leicester both in the original and replay show he's really taking it seriously. It was more to do with 6 wins in the last 8 in the premier league, you has essentially pushed yourselfs into challenging for the title. I always remember signing Cascarino **** up our team pushing for a title and Heskey **** up our Champions League push a few years ago. It dose seem City buy players for the sake of it. Disagree to be honest mate. We were certainly lacking someone good in the air, a focal point for our attacks. Tevez is quality but all too often he drifts into midfield leaving nobody forward. Dzeko will spearhead the attack once he settles and Tevez will benefit from it, because a lot of teams will heavily man mark Dzeko leaving Tevez the space to operate. That however depends on the service. That's the real problem we need to sort out. The strikers don't get any service, they ain't gonna score. Yesterday proved that. I think more than anything it was teething problems from a new system which should be sorted within a few weeks.
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    Lets all stare at Manchester City!

    Therein lies the problem. I can't see how we're going to get a settled midfield and strikeforce at the moment. Dzeko and Tevez will start but that leaves us a selection crisis for the other 4 and how we're going to play. I think on merit it will be De Jong, Yaya, Silva and Milner. But except for Barry that was the way we lined up yesterday. Like this: -----------De Jong------------- -------Yaya-----Barry--------- ------------Silva---------------- -------Dzeko---Tevez---------- ^ that gave us very little in the way of width. I think the way it needs to work is to revert back to 4-3-3 but push Tevez and Silva wide. At least that way we will get some balls into the box for Dzeko to get his head to. That said, I don't know how Tevez would react to being played on the wing. As I say though, Milner in for Barry. Quicker, better on the ball and a better pass on him. As for Adam Johnson, I think he's quality. I have noticed though that he tends to go missing a fair bit when he starts. I think Mancini's realised he works better as an impact player when coming on against tired legs.
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    Lets all stare at Manchester City!

    Nah, not really. I think the best way to adapt is to start the matches. In my opinion he just needs a goal to get going and then we'll see how good he really is. For that reason I'd keep him in for the FA Cup game at Notts County next week. I think Mancini will keep him in too, the team he played against Leicester both in the original and replay show he's really taking it seriously.