VIEW FROM THE STANDS

STEPHEN TUDOR, MATCH- GO­ING FAN SINCE 1986

Australian Four Four Two - - PREMIER LEAGUE -

This sea­son will be dif­fer­ent to last be­cause... well, I hope it won’t be. More of the same, please!

Our most un­der­rated player is

Fer­nand­inho – the power be­hind the throne. He was con­sis­tently im­mense last sea­son.

The op­po­si­tion player I se­cretly ad­mire is

Eden Hazard, who makes Chelsea three times as good when he’s in the mood. Chris­tian Erik­sen, also, is never less than a plea­sure to watch.

Save the date for

Liver­pool away on Oc­to­ber 6, and an end to City’s An­field hoodoo. The club last won there in 2003.

Keep an eye out for

Phil Fo­den. The emer­gence of ‘the Stock­port Ini­esta’ will, I hope, end the jibes that City don’t have a first-team path­way for their youth.

The player I would hap­pily drive to an­other club is

Clau­dio Bravo, al­though we wouldn’t get very far be­fore his clown car fell apart.

One change I would make at our club is

to lessen the alien­ation of long-serv­ing hard­core fans in favour of lur­ing in new sup­port.

This sea­son we will fin­ish

com­fort­ably top of the league, only mi­nus the records.

FFT asks: Why should 2018-19 be the year City win their first back-to-back ti­tles?

The chasm be­tween City and their ri­vals is too vast to bridge over the course of a sin­gle sum­mer.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.