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12/11/2013
 
After the opening fifteen minutes, it looked like it was another case of men against boys. The world-class players against the professionals.

Bayern Munich were looking to prove to Manchester City that Pellegrini's outfit were not ready to take on the biggest and the best in the Champions League.

But by the end of the 90 minutes, it was the Eastlands club who stood tall, having come from two goals down to record a stunning 3-2 win.

The current European title holders have shown their quality time and time again, and last night's first half was no exception. Two quickfire strikes inside twelve minutes from Thomas Müller and the precociously gifted Mario Götze seemed to have put the tie to bed before City had even got out of the starting blocks.

Müller's goal was a simple display of how 'route one' soccer works. A long ball was played over the top, and after a scintillating touch with his chest, the German international buried the ball into the bottom right-hand corner past the despairing Joe Hart.

Goal number two exploited City's defensive awareness. After a slight stramash in the box, the ball fell kindly to Gotze from Mario Mandzukic's knock-down; the 21-year-old had time to swivel and slide a shot into the bottom corner before the back four even showed the slightest signs of life.

Although it looked like the beginning of a Bavarian whitewash, City worked themselves back into the game with a terrifically-worked goal - and a strike that even Pep Guardiola would've been proud of.

A swung cross was met at the backpost by James Milner, who - instead of aiming an header toward goal - selflessly and brilliantly nodded it back across the face of goal, where Spanish maestro David Silva was waiting to fire through the legs of Manuel Neuer to halve the deficit.

Going into half-time, Bayern were firmly in control and were looking to add to their lead.

However, James Milner had other ideas.

The equalizer came after a clumsy foul from Brazilian defender Dante, who upended Milner in the box and allowed captain for the evening Aleksandar Kolarov to smash home.

Milner's match performance deserved a goal though, and he was soon rewarded.

Jesús Navas, who also provided the first goal, swung in a cross from the right which Jerome Boateng missed - but Milner was at the back post to curl a lovely effort past Neuer.

Substitute Álvaro Negredo could have made it four in the closing stages, but his effort was saved by the German No.1.

City's win put an end to Bayern's 10-game unbeaten run and put them within a goal of top spot in the group, with both sides ending their campaigns on 15 points.

The result has reverberated around the soccer world as neutrals begin to question: Is this City's year?

Obviously, there's still an awful long way to go - but based on this showing, there's absolutely no reason why Pellegrini can't lead the blue half of Manchester to glory.
 
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02/13/2013
 
Manchester City is full of free time now since they won't have to be worrying about the Champions League or the EPL any longer. The gap between their cross-town rivals at the top of the table seems like it is impossible to cut now, so the Citizens found a new way to get attention.

Manchester Evening News have announced that Roberto Mancini, Vincent Kompany, Joe Hart and James Milner will be used to make announcements on a Metrolink in the city. These four Manchester City members have all recorded different match day announcements that will play on the Metrolink's new east Manchester line. This is a brand new idea that arose when the new walkway linking the Etihad Campus to the stadium opened earlier in the week.

Although it will mostly be Man City fans getting off at the Etihad campus, there's no question that next door neighbor United fans will not appreciate listening to their bitter rivals. Many Manchester United biased newspapers have already started to mock the Citizens' new project, writing things like, "Will this give you an extra three points?" amongst other sarcastic remarks. It won't be surprising to hear Sir Alex Ferguson or Wayne Rooney on their respective Metrolink line in the near future. 

The following links provide you with the audio that will be heard throughout the Metrolinks of Manchester.


 
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