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Genoa hit for four as City cruise to Victory

Saturday 25th July 2009

Luigi Ferraris (36,536)

Referee:

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Genoa 0-4 Manchester City

Elano (3)

Javier Garrido (6)

Roque Santa Cruz (16,30)

Manchester City’s 7th League match, was an away trip to Italy, and to be precise, to the Luigi Ferraris in Genoa for an away match against strong Italian side Genoa. Playing with a slightly weakened defence and midfield in order to boost the side’s overall fitness and morale, Manchester City lined up in the same starting XI, and formation that brought them the convincing 3-0 away win to Greek side Olympiacos on the previous Wednesday. And in a tricky match which many critics thought Manchester City would struggle in, the Blues silenced any slight doubt and convincingly demolished Genoa in a four, to nil victory away from home. In front of a daunting 36,536, Manchester City shown no sign of fear or anxiety and cruised to the four nil victory with ease. Manchester City kicked off the match, and from this point onwards kept on top of the proceedings in the game. Within minutes City were attacking with the flare which has been common in most of their games this season, and an opening goal was nearing closer and closer, and then jackpot. On the 3rd minute, that man again, Elano who has been nothing short of world class in Man City’s previous four to five games scored a spectacular goal which will put him in the running for a goal of the season nod. 1-0 up then within 3 minutes and the future of Man City in this game looked bright. And then this belief was then supported and strengthened with a goal worthy of any player in the world. This time, stand in Left Back Javier Garrido calmly scoring from a free kick set piece on the outside of the box to put Manchester City 2-0 up, with a small 7 minutes maximum being played. So as the game got back underway, Genoa regrouped and despite Manchester City’s opportunities to capitalise on the lead minutes after going 2-0 up, the Italians did well in defending any oncoming attacking threat.

But havoc occurred with 16 minutes gone, as Manchester City made it 3-0. Due to a lack of communication between the Genoa centre backs, Paraguayan hitman Roque Santa Cruz was able to stroll through the Genoa defence and calmly place the ball in the back of the Genoa net to put Manchester City 3-0 up, with under 20 minutes on the clock. And to the delight of the fans, Manchester City were playing the best under Adam Selby adding more belief that despite interest from other clubs in his services, Manchester City is the place where Selby wants to be, and his desire and passion to take this club places is as strong as ever. Back on to the games proceedings, and as you can expect Genoa’s stand in manager and coaching staff were fuming on the touchline, and added to calls for a new manager to be appointed at the Italian club asap, after their previous manager leaving due to health issues. So from 16 minutes onwards, Manchester City were 3-0 up, and didn’t look like they were going to stop there. And as expected they didn’t. Attacks from Genoa took place to the surprise of City who were on top, but their lack of ability upfront added to the frustration of Genoa fans, and faithful, and Manchester City stopped any attacks with ease. Then after a through ball from Shaun Wright Phillips, on the 30 minute mark, the blues found themselves a fantastic 4-0 up, and Roque Santa Cruz added his second of the match to kill off any hope of a Genoa fight back. Fantastic stuff by Manchester City, and Selby’s face was an absolute picture. Then, in a change of desire and heart, Selby used half-time break to treat the players for their on pitch heroics and fantastic display and simply told them to take it easy second half and enjoy yourself. And even though City clearly were still on top, no goals came in the second half and in all, Manchester City did the work early on to easily kill of Genoa’s chances of getting anything from the game, and morale at Manchester City is higher than ever.no reason why Selby won’t be managing in Division 1 this time next season.

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Manchester City Team News for 8th League Game

For Manchester City's eighth competitve League Game of the season, Selby has issued the following information regarding team news ahead for the home match to German outfit VFL Wolfsburg. Below is the Starting XI for the clash:

GK = Shay Given

RB = Pablo Zabaleta

CB = Vincent Kompany -

CB = Micah Richards

LB = Javier Garrido

CM = Nigel De Jong -

CM = Gareth Barry -

LM = Dirk Kuyt -

RM = Shaun Wright Phillips

AM = Elano

ST = Roque Santa Cruz

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Sub 1 = Nedum Onuhoa

Sub 2 = Ryan Shawcross

Sub 3 = Peter Crouch

Sub 4 = José Sand

Sub 5 = Luis Valencia

After conserving the fitness of key players in previous games, Selby has the ability to choose and rotate the squad. Four changes have taken place to the starting XI which did win the previous two away matches. Vincent Kompany replaces Richard Dunne in central defence, with De Jong and Barry coming in for Kacar and Ireland respectively. Luis Antonio Valencia also gets a deserved break, with Dirk Kuyt replacing the Ecuadorian winger. This also alters the bench with Shawcross and Valencia taking the vacant spaces as substitutes.

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Manchester City Results Catch Up - Game 8 & 9

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Manchester City 2 - 1 VFL Wolfsburg

Roque Santa Cruz (10)

Tuncay Sanli (57)

Shaun Wright Phillips (86)

Game 8. In a match with both teams aiming to make an impact in a highly competitive league, it was Manchester City who came out victorious in a 2-1 victory. Throughout City dominated and statistics favoured this with City making a total of 13 shots on goal, 12 on target, with a total of 57% possession. In City's conventional 4-2-3-1 formation, City used the attacking route as their way to start the match and were successful with it, as Shaun Wright Phillips, played the ball through to goal-scorer Roque Santa Cruz who placed the ball comfortably past Benaglio in the Wolfsburg goal. Both teams then were in a stalemate of attacking at each other, with Dzeko for Wolfsburg coming close by hitting the woodwork, but it was City with the advantage at half time. But not for long. From the start of the second half, it was Wolfsburg who came out the better side, and due to some great work by Edin Dzeko, partnering with Sanli they managed to get the equaliser. Tuncay Sanli on the 57th minute, made work of a loose ball from Ryan Shawcross in the City defence and put the scoreline at 1-1. As both teams then attacked to the death it was City who looked more deadly on the attack, and Shaun Wright Phillips shone on the right wing. Then, on the 86th minute, the winning goal of the match. Manchester City took all three points from this point forward, with man of the match Shaun Wright Phillips getting the crutial goal with a marvellous individual effort. Final Score: Manchester City 2 - 1 VFL Wolfsburg

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Valencia 0 - 4 Manchester City

Gareth Barry (7)

Elano (20)

Vincent Kompany (81)

Shaun Wright Phillips (82)

Game 9. Following from a match where City faced strong opposition, another tough match faced Manchester City. This being a tie away from home at the daunting Mestalla stadium to Spanish giants Valencia. In the 4-2-3-1 formation critics, and bookies had predicted a draw, but this was not to be as City found their form and were in the prime as they demolished a poor Valencia side four goals to nil. City kicked off in more of a defensive style, trying to stop the counter attack from David Villa and David Silva, but within 5 minutes, the blues were attacking & within 7 minutes, a goal. Midfield maestro Gareth Barry got his first of the season, with an indirect free kick to put the Blues 1-0 up in a tough fixture. Then, after a quiet 10 minutes, in the game City revved up their engines as they attacked again. And the outcome was simple, a goal. Elano, this time scoring from close range to put Manchester City 2-0 up early in the game. The game then proposed no goals for a long while, as both teams were happy to sit back and let the game take it's course. But then on the 81st minute, in a valiant effort to boost the dormant atmosphere, Vincent Kompany charged from defence to score a goal worthy of any world class player in the world. And within a minute, fan's favourite Shaun Wright Phillips also got his name on the score-sheet, with a close range finish, to score his second goal, in as many games. Final Score: Valencia 0 - 4 Manchester City

Starting XI for Both Games:

GK = Shay Given

RB = Pablo Zabaleta

CB = Vincent Kompany -

CB = Micah Richards

LB = Javier Garrido

CM = Nigel De Jong -

CM = Gareth Barry -

LM = Dirk Kuyt -

RM = Shaun Wright Phillips

AM = Elano

ST = Roque Santa Cruz

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Manchester City Results Catch Up - Cup Round Up & Game 10

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Manchester City 3 - 1 Palmeiras

Santana Wendel (19)

Roque Santa Cruz (23)

Gareth Barry (52)

Dirk Kuyt (59)

Europa Cup Round 2. After seeing off Belgian opposition RSC Anderlecht in the first round of the cup competition, City next faced Brazilian side Palmeiras, which posed a tough tie for Selby's men. So, Selby decided to field a strong side to try and continue as far as possible in the competition, forgetting about overall match fitness. However, Selby's tactical line up choices worked, as Manchester City romped to a 3-1 home victory. Statistics favoured the scorline and result, with shots on target, and possession favouring Manchester City. But it was Palmeiras who looked more dangerous from the start, and took the lead in the early part of the first half. Santana Wendel made a name for himself, with a spectacular overhead kick past Shay Given on the 19th minute to put the Brazilian outfit ahead. But their lead was short-lived as Manchester City equalised. Paraguayan target man Roque Santa Cruz found the net after good work from the midfield to build up a solid attack. The game then went through a quiet spell with both teams happy to see out the stalemate till half-time. So as both teams spent the half-time building some energy, they both returned to the field of play in good spirits ahead of the second half. But it was The Blues, who made an instant impact, through going 2-1 up on the 53rd minute. Gareth Barry this time finding the back of the net, with a delightful chip past the Brazilian shot-stopper. Then to finally kill off the opposition, Dutchman Dirk Kuyt beat the offside trap 7 minutes later, to send Manchester City through to the third round of the Cup Competition. Final Score: Manchester City 3 - 1 Palmeiras

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Manchester City 3 - 1 Boca Juniors

Cristian Chavez (8)

José Sand (16)

José Sand (32)

Shaun Wright Phillips (74)

Game 10. For the 10th league game of the season, another home fixture to a south-american side in the space of a week greated Manchester City, except the situation was much more laid-back in this case, with a conventional league fixture being the event. Changes to Manchester City's starting XI were put into place with the main changes being to the defensive options, and José Sand being handed a call-up to the starting XI, after being experienced in the field of playing against South American sides. And his experience was vital, as he bagged two goals in a 3-1 victory over Boca Juniors. But it was Boca who took the lead, within the first 10 minutes, with Cristian Chavez calmy placing the ball past Shay Given in the Manchester City goal. But then proceedings in the game took a turn, as Manchester City applied the pressure. And a goal was imminent, as José Sand finished off a complex passing move on the 16 minute to equalise the game at 1-1. Then, a meer 16 minutes later, José Sand added to his account with another goal, this time from a free-kick set piece. So 2-1 up just before half-time, and the scoreline prolonged well into the second half, as Boca Juniors failed to capatalised on attacks throughout the game. Then, on the 74th minute, Manchester City put the game to sleep, as Shaun Wright Phillips scored his third goal in three league matches to end the game in a 3-1 scoreline favouring the Blues. Final Score: Manchester City 3 - 1 Boca Juniors

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