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Have Manchester City fans lost the connection at the Emptihad?

3 years ago

What an incredible thirteen weeks for Manchester City fans.

A quite amazing record for them that has gone way beyond even their usual standards.

Just when some Manchester City fans were questioning Pep Guardiola, he has produced these stats…WWWWWWWWLWWWWWWWWWWWWW

In all competitions, they have played 22 games these past 13 weeks starting 30 December 2018:

Played 22 Won 21 Drawn 0 Lost 1 Goals Scored 71 Goals Against 11

These are those 21 wins, plus the Newcastle match that spoils perfection..

Southampton 1 Manchester City 3 (30 December 2018)

Manchester City 2 Liverpool 1 (3 January 2019)

Manchester City 7 Rotherham 0 (6 January 2019 – FA Cup)

Manchester City 9 Burton 0 (9 January 2019 – League Cup)

Manchester City 3 Wolves 0 (14 January 2019)

Huddersfield 0 Manchester City 3 (20 January 2019)

Burton 0 Manchester City 1 (23 January 2019 – League Cup)

Manchester City 5 Burnley 0 (26 January 2019 – FA Cup)

Newcastle United 2 Manchester City 1 (29 January 2019)

Manchester City 3 Arsenal 1 (3 February 2019)

Everton 0 Manchester City 2 (6 February 2019)

Manchester City 6 Chelsea 0 (10 February 2019)

Newport 1 Manchester City 4 (16 February 2019 – FA Cup)

Schalke 2 Manchester City 3 (20 February 2019 – Champions League)

Chelsea 0 Manchester City 0 (24 February 2019 – League Cup final and Man City win on penalties)

Manchester City 1 West Ham 0 (27 February 2019)

Bournemouth 0 Manchester City 1 (2 March 2019)

Manchester City 3 Watford 1 (9 March 2019)

Manchester City 7 Schalke 0  (12 March 2019 – Champions League)

Swansea 2 Manchester City 3 (16 March 2019 – FA Cup)

Fulham 0 Manchester City 2 (30 March 2019)

Manchester City 2 Cardiff 0 (3 April 2019)

Still not sure how Rafa/Newcastle managed it…

On Wednesday night I watched Man City against Cardiff and the home side comfortably won 2-0, could and should have been more.

Yet the big stand out thing of the night was the Manchester City fans, a ridiculous number of them turning up in fancy dress disguised as empty seats, whilst those that did bother turning up, looked as if they’d rather be anywhere else, a total lack of enthusiasm for the (literal!) riches in front of them.

I honestly think Newcastle fans got more pleasure from the one game Man City have lost than their supporters have got from winning the other 21 of this 22 match run.

It was embarrassing how many empty seats there were, especially considering this was their third last PL home game and involved in such a tight and exciting title fight with Liverpool. If Man City hadn’t won against Cardiff, they would now be second and Liverpool with the advantage. Thousands and thousands of empty seats due to a combination of not selling out and loads of others simply couldn’t be bothered to turn up and use their tickets, not even able to find anybody to turn up and use the ticket in their place.

Pretty much every game you see, there are loads of empty seats at the Etihad, or ‘Emptihad’ as Man Utd supporters have christened it.

Manchester City fans are watching (or not watching as the case may be) their team go for an unprecedented quadruple, favourites for the Premier League, already won the League Cup, in the semis of the FA Cup and last eight of Champions League.

Yet Newcastle had a bigger crowd for a third round FA Cup tie (which the fans knew would see a reserve side put out and it being a competition Rafa Benitez couldn’t afford to be in due to lack of squad investment and relegation fight) than Man City had for a League Cup semi-final at the Etihad. Also, every Champions League match they play, I see empty seats every time.

No matter how much more money is spent, further star players recruited, ever more success, Manchester City fans don’t look as though they are enjoying it very much.

A Sheikh turns up, buys them players and a team beyond their imaginations, keeps throwing more and more money at it until success is inevitable, but for me, so many of their supporters look like they have lost the connection, that they’d rather be back being a ‘normal’ club like Newcastle United or West Ham etc, success elusive and looking up at the successful clubs.

They remind me a bit of somebody who has been penniless all their lives, that suddenly wins very big on the lottery. They are ecstatic at first but after moving to a mansion and buying all the other trappings of their new found status, they find that the more and more caviar and champagne they consume, they realise they would rather be back in their rented flat drinking cheap cider and fish and chips being a once a week big treat.

Rather than living the dream, it looks more to be a living  nightmare for so many Manchester City fans.

You can’t help but think Sheikh Mansour must have realised by now that he most definitely bought the wrong club.


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