My on my, a lot has happened since Inoculated City’s last post. Since Inoculated City’s rather unceremonious hiatus from the blogging world, Manchester City have gone onto surprise and please many. Of course, the wait for the first trophy in 35 years has come to an end with the FA Cup victory against Stoke City in May.
Also worthy of a mention is the end of season surge to 3rd in the Premier League (joint 2nd if you like) which left our North London rivals, Arsenal and Tottenham, hopelessly chasing our tails at the end of the season.
Lest we forgot the historic FA Cup Semi-Final against Manchester United and the rather hilarious post match antics in which Rio Ferdinand told David Platt to control his players whilst being held back by several of his colleagues and Shaun Wright-Phillips, of all people. The irony is delicious.
This, however, should not overshadow the Final itself in which City fully deserved their 1-0 victory over Stoke. Yaya Toure putting his name into City folklore with a thunderbolt left foot finish to seal the historic victory. A day which will live long in the memory of City fans, except for those who drank too much.
During the close season, City have kept us entertained with some positive performances in the pre-season tour of North America, taking part in the Herbalife World Football Challenge and more recently the Dublin Super Cup in the weekend just gone. Not that anyone can read too much into pre-season games it is still encouraging to see the likes of Edin Dzeko putting in solid performances and, most importantly, the ball in the back of the net.
It did seem that City were conducting their transfer business in slightly more modest fashion in comparison to recent seasons with the arrival of Gael Clichy and Stefan Savic for modest fees. This was until they smashed the club transfer fee record to capture Argentinean stalwart Sergio Aguero. Time will tell whether the transfer will be a success but most reports suggest that Aguero is a force to be reckoned with and should be a great asset to the team.
So with the season close to a start there are many reasons for City fans to be optimistic. So there would be no better way to begin the season with a signal of intent against United in this weekend’s Community Shield at Wembley.
Words by Rob Toole