VMC regular contributor, BlueWolfie sent us the following article.
A couple of days ago I posed the question via the Vital Manchester City forums as to how everyone was viewing the progress of our club so far. It was a simple enough question…
About what I expected?
Before the start of the season we discussed – incessantly, how we would fare, would the squad gel, was Hughes the right man, transfers in other teams and the effect of, etc, and so on.
At the time of scribing this article, there had been 24 votes cast…
Better – 15
Expected – 6
Worse – 3
Yeah, that’s right, three votes for worse than expected. Let’s put that into context shall we?
2005/06 season after 7 games: 11pts – out of cup
2006/07 season after 7 games: 6pts – out of cup
2007/08 season after 7 games: 12pts – still in cup
2008/09 season after 7 games: 10pts – out of cup
This season after 7 games: 16pts – still in cup
We have dropped a total of five points while Chelsea has dropped three, Manchester United five, Arsenal six, and Liverpool seven. Now, to me, that is pretty damn good considering we have played Arsenal, Rags and Villa.
Maybe some people – and yes, I know the poll wasn’t scientific to the tune of at least 12% of all fans (that’s 5,400 in the stadium on any given home match day), reckon City should have either dropped less points and be either second or even first, and as such are not happy so far.
For those of you out there that fall into that category, maybe you need to step back a little and see what we have accomplished in such a short space of time? The media have compared us to what happened at Chelsea, but they were far better off reference league position than we were when the investment arrived.
Try not to (and I include myself in this) get too carried away with everything. It is a long hard season, and anything could happen. But there is a big difference in believing that City can accomplish the impossible and having faith in it, and expecting them to achieve it.
We are heading in the right direction – simples!