Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Latest fitness news / City take the p*ss out of Tunnel Cam

It looks like we'll be fielding pretty much a second-string side at Leicester tonight.

"When you have a good squad it's easy for the manager to make changes," Pellegrini said
at Monday's press conference. Pointing to the 5 or 6 players in the line-up against Bayern
"that wouldn't normally start", and the 6 or 7 changes he made for the Arsenal game,
Pellegrini added that "we will makes some changes in the same way we are doing with
the other teams".

Below are the minutes played and goals scored since the international break, along
with the latest injury news.

Although there is no definite news on Aguero's expected return date,
today reported that he will be out "for at least a month".

With Micah still out with a hamstring injury I'd be surprised if Pellegrini risked
Zabaleta. I also expect Fernandinho to be rested and Yaya to play 60-70mins.

Predicted line-up v Leicester
Pantilimon, Boyata, Demichelis, Lescott, Kolorov, Rodwell, Yaya Toure, Milner, Silva, Jovetic, Dzeko

Bench from:
Hart, Zabaleta, Clichy, Kompany, Garcia, Fernandinho, Nasri, Navas, Negredo, Guidetti.

Upcoming matches:
Sat  21 Dec (3.00pm) Away v Fulham
Thu 25 Dec (5.30pm) Home v Liverpool
Sat 28 Dec (3.00pm) Home v Crystal Palace

How City took the piss out of Tunnel Cam

The disappearance of the Tunnel Cam v Arsenal from the official website on Saturday night prompted
some speculation over the weekend.

My first thought was that maybe someone objected to the bodyguards around Khaldoon being
filmed, or to the details of Khaldoon's hilarious conversation with Wenger being recorded.

The video re-appeared a day later, with four seconds of coverage mysteriously missing. However,
proving that very little disappears from the internet for good, a Bluemoon poster called TCIB solved
the mystery after archiving the original video here.

And the reason for the re-edit? On 12.37mins of the original video an Arsenal player loudly declares:
"It stinks of piss".

- CityTV is producing some fantastic stuff at the moment. Watching Khaldoon praise Nasri
in front of Wenger (at 4.50mins) - "This guy is a champion" - was a real delight. Some of the
recent behind-the-scenes videos have thrown up fascinating insights into the new regime, which
I'll be highlighting later in the week.

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