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Stanching the bleeding

04 November 2010

Blogging is tough when just thinking about your football club makes your blood pressure spike. After back-to-back disastrous results for mine, I’ve come about as close to ignoring City over the past few days as I’m capable of doing. (That means I only checked my Google Reader RSS feeds five times a day instead of 10 and didn’t watch any of the recordings of Sky Sports News on my DVR.)

Tonight brings a chance for some slight amount of redemption in the Europa League. Lech Poznań is the foe once again, but this time it’s in Poland. I’d like to come up with some history nerd World War II blitzkrieg reference, but honestly at this point I don’t have the desire. I just want the run of awful results to stop.

Everyone is talking about how much City missed Carlos Tévez in that moribund performance at Wolves. The reality is that Tévez might not have made much of a difference, as most of the problems seemed to lie in the midfield and with the fullbacks, who were turned by Wolves’ wide play. Nigel de Jong’s absence was felt far much than the Argentinean captain, and de Jong is a serious doubt for this one.

Without that important duo and with Mario Balotelli a question mark after going down injured in training this week, Emmanuel Adebayor probably will be called upon to recreate his heroics from two weeks ago when he bagged a hat trick against the Polish side at Eastlands. I’d like to see Adam Johnson get a start to see what he can do over 90 minutes instead of the late cameo role he’s been filling.

A win and City are guaranteed passage through to the knockout stage and in great shape to win the group. A draw and they’re still in decent shape, but a loss puts their European campaign in some amount of peril. I’ll be watching on DirecTV’s great Europa League package.

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