Tuesday, 21 February 2017

v Monaco

Following my last two, brief posting updates my many I.T. issues have mysteriouslyand apparentlysorted themselves out (had planned for an Engineer to visit on Thursday). Huh…tech stuff hey? 


But with ongoing family issues still to sort out, I’ll ‘crack on’ with a brief one.

v Monaco.

Etihad Stadium

Predicted line-up, subs and outcome.

Fluid 4-4-1-1:


___________________De Bruyne__________________





Subs: Outfield player with gloves on, Clichy, Zabaleta, Fernando, Delph, Fernandinho, Iheanacho (assuming we’ve been allowed to re-include him in the Champions League squad…and assuming also that he was moved aside following the purchase of Gabriel JesusI did say I’ve been out of touch lately).

Notable absences: Vincent Kompany (injured – likely for just a few days this time…we’ll see about that), Ilkay Gundogan (injured for rest of season), Jesus Navas (not selected), Nolito (not selected) & Gabriel Jesus (injured – possibly for the rest of the season).

Do I agree with Pep’s (predicted) line-up?

Looks fine to me – looks strong for the most part (needs to be).

Result? I don’t know much about these other than, like us, they’ve had a lot of money spent on them in recent years; that they sit 3 points clear at the top of their domestic league and that Pep has a lot of respect for the way their fullbacks play like wingers, their wingers are like attacking [central] midfielders and they have a deadly 'strike force'.

All in all, I can see this game having goals at both ends but for some strange reason – and without knowing our ‘oppo’ too well as I say – I think they’ll score more and we might lose this one. Sorry…