City Blogger: Season Review Part II
- 29 May 2014 12:14
- Posted by @MCFC
Our group of official fan bloggers have the final say on the 2013/14 season...
Manchester City has been one of my companions this year. When we won the title, I knew my dad was there with me in New York, and my mum and brothers in Florida as we all remained glued to the t.v. watching every second of that final game. I could hear my dad's voice, as I had during many games this year—the good and the bad—making his usual comments. It still did not keep me from missing the conversations about the fantastic play of Zabaleta, of Silva, Toure, and Kompany—or missing Aguero's magic—that would have followed every game.
While I expect that City will do better in Europe next year, and we will get to see the magic that Pellegrini works with whomever he picks up over the summer, for me, 2013-14 will be the City year that I will remember. It was the year that I learned that I could stand under the big blue moon, reveling and agonizing over our good days and our bad, knowing my dad was right there with me. Thank you, MCFC.
Well this was all very new. No panic, no headless chicken style running around, AND multiple trophies. I could get used to this. But I hope I don’t. Following City had always been a rollercoaster ride, and the days of bad are still so strong that I really, really, appreciate the good. Of course, I suspect there will be many more trophies to come, but I won’t be expecting them.
Fastest goal, most goals, most points (obviously), entertaining and attractive football, smashing records left, right, and very much centre, and a sense of being. Like I said, all very new.
The FFP thingy has been a bit annoying, but we are City, Super City, so … umm … meh.
Comedy has always ran through the blood of us fans, and I hope this continues even though our club itself has stopped being a tragicomedy. Not that I am complaining mind, as most of our laughing this season has been directed at another club …
I am looking forward to seeing our lads in the World Cup, and the season ahead of us. And there are some very exciting times ahead with the opening of our new Academy, and the stadium refit. So much for City ruining football, huh?
Devoid of the nerve-shredding histrionics of the ‘Agueroooooo’ moment, Manuel Pellegrini – the personification of unflappable professionalism - engineered Manchester City’s most successful ever season.
Whereas Mancini, Mercer & Allison had peaked with single title successes, the cool Chilean not only won a league and cup double in his debut Premier League campaign, he did so with a style that augurs well for a new order of sky blue domination of English football and, who knows, even Champions League competition.
His transfer acumen proved sound, with all five new signings, Fernandinho, Negredo, Navas, Demichelis, even the injury stricken Jovetic, considered ‘hits’ and, notwithstanding UEFA Financial Fair Play constraints, Pellegrini and Txiki Begiristain have already targeted the players to arrive at City this summer, to deliver sustained success.
Enhanced man-management qualities, skilled rotation of a squad often decimated by injuries to key players, a growing familiarity with the English top flight and astute tactics, ultimately paid off for Pellegrini...all against a backdrop of perceived national media negativity towards ‘monied’ Manchester City.
Eventually the praise was fulsome for the man from Santiago and his free scoring City team, but only when it was inevitable the title was returning to the Etihad for the second time in three years.
City hung #TOGETHER as players and supporters alike retained a belief to ‘Fight ‘Till the End’, albeit without the pulsating palpitations of a 94th minute clincher in the dying seconds of the season.
It has been a privilege to contribute to the MCFC online offering, via the City Blog Spot during this wonderful season – a sentiment doubtless shared by my fellow blogging cohorts.
Thanks for the opportunity, it’s been a blast...all the way to an ever rising Blue Moon.