Blue Blogger: Pride in battle!
- 04 April 2013 11:29
- Posted by @NieldyMCFC / Words by @tewilkins
New Zealand-based City fan and blogger for Teamtalk Tom Wilkins takes the Blue Blogger reigns and provides his view ahead of Monday's Manchester derby.
Touted as a potential title decider at the start of the season, Monday’s derby clash might now be little more than a dead rubber. But as any good City fan knows, derbies are about more than just three points. This year, the sentiment is truer than ever.
In reality, City have struggled to really get going this season and have been unable to build up a head of steam to run United close. While United relentlessly grind out the victories, City have faltered too many times and fallen off the pace. But Monday’s game gives everyone the opportunity to right some of those wrongs.
The fans will be hoping that last Saturday’s game against Newcastle was the turning point of the season, similar to Norwich away last year. While such a late season charge might be too late to affect the outcome of the title this time round, a win on Monday night would help to send out a statement - that we won’t lie down quietly, that next season will be a different story.
With the FA Cup semi final also looming, a confidence boosting derby win would be especially timely, while some good performances could leave Mancini with a welcome selection headache. Maybe a world-class performance or two could affect the uncertain futures of some at the club too.
Now more than ever, City’s big guns need to step up and deliver. Too often this season last year’s heroes have failed to recapture their form and the burden of expectation has been dumped on the unsung Matija Nastasic and Pablo Zabaleta.
If the fans’ ecstasy at winning the title last year has taught the players one thing, it must be that the pain of subsequently losing out to our bitterest rivals hits hard. The title might be gone, but pride will always remain.