Could be worse, could be singing about walking in on your wife shagging someone and murdering her like Stoke sing every game.It’s shite - a maudlin, depressing dirge which we stop singing before any note of positivity enters the lyrics.
It’s become part of our fabric, so it’s here to stay - but it has to be one of the least uplifting club anthems in English football.
I'd agree with all those points.We lost the CL final because most players weren't in top form in the final weeks of the season (the run of 21 wins from December to March took its toll on the team), and not because Pep played Gundogan at DM.
Our performance vs PSG at the Etihad last season wasn't great. I found it baffling that many thought the same team could win in Porto without many problems. PSG outplayed us in the first half back then even though they were without Mbappé, Dias had to put in a heroic performance to save our asses. We didn't play worse vs Chelsea in Porto, we were just less lucky than vs PSG.
Those who say Pep doesn't get the fans don't get Pep: they don't understand why he plays the way he plays, and they don't understand why he says the things he says. To put it bluntly, Pep is a bit too intelligent for them.
This City team is better than the Centurions, it has a higher potential than any other City team.
We are harder to beat when Jesus plays, he has to start the biggest games in the CL. His bottom level is definitely higher than the bottom level of the other forwards: that is, he is more reliable than them. Plus, he scores in big games: in both games vs Real, vs PSG this season, at Stamford Bridge this season...
I’ve noticed this trend amongst some older members of our fanbase too, and I don’t really understand why they have such a dislike for him.
Why do you think they can’t get behind him?
My sense is it’s something to do with him not ‘getting us’ like Mancini did - which seems to boil down to his being complimentary about the Rags and their history in his press conferences rather than slagging them off all the time, and not prioritising the derbies as necessarily being any more important than any other game during the season.
A hang up from when the derby was the only game that mattered, which is their sweet spot as fans.
The reality is Pep isn’t a populist tub thumper, and this cerebral sense of distance from the blood and thunder of football rivalry doesn’t fit their idea of what a ‘proper’ City manager ought to look and sound like.
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