A few thoughts from the game against Liverpool:
- A beautifully served minute’s reflection commemorating the lives of both Luca Jones – son of Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones – who tragically lost his fight with leukaemia, and Gary Speed who was found dead at his home early on Sunday morning. It shows that football is not more important than life or death.
- Mancini chose arguably his strongest side, but part of me can’t help but think that this side would have at least gained a point in Naples. The exclusion of Nigel de Jong is a big talking point, a lynchpin in the side last season but has been on the periphery this season whether that be through injury or form. Is he necessary for this City side now?
- Yaya Toure, whilst a fantastic player, is absolutely knackered and needs a break. I don’t expect him to play against Arsenal in the Carling Cup on Tuesday night so that should give him a good week’s rest before the game against Norwich.
- Vincent Kompany was outstanding in the final 10-15 minutes, especially considering he was already on a yellow card.
- Joe Hart at times kept us in the game, the luck we didn’t have for Lescott’s own goal was certainly there when Hart pulled off two magnificent saves to keep the score at 1-1.
- It was a very harsh sending off for Mario Balotelli but he really ought not to put himself in that kind of position – especially when he had only just been brought on. His sending off didn’t have an impact on the game and he misses the Carling Cup match on Tuesday which he probably would not have featured much in anyway.
- Liverpool’s Lucas is actually a very, very good player. Much improved.
Finally, I’d like to end by offering my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Gary Speed. His death is a tragic loss to everyone in football and he will be fondly remembered. Rest in peace Gary.
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