Whilst most Palace fans are struggling to imagine the team getting a positive result against Pep Guardiola and co. tomorrow, it’s fair to say that the City fans themselves are far from confident about the challenge that awaits.
Whilst Big Sam’s defensive crisis has significantly dampened the optimism that had been building in South London over the last few weeks, the blue side of Manchester is hardly brimming with confidence of late. For all the talk of a revolution under Guardiola’s watchful eye, the team are almost indistinguishable in style from the one Manuel Pellegrini left behind, meaning the Barcelona legend has a rather large job on his hands at The Etihad this summer.
Of course, if things go as they’re expected to tomorrow afternoon, City’s players should have more than enough to dispatch Palace on their home turf but you’ll probably be as surprised as I was to read the pessimism surrounding the game in the minds of so many contributors to the Blue Moon message board.
It’s easy to moan as a supporter when you see fans of a club on the verge of qualifying for the Champions League grumbling but in football, success is concept that constantly alters depending on your specific circumstances. In Manchester City, you have a set of fans who’ve seen both sides of the fence in recent years, having been as low as the third tier just 18 years ago only to now be fighting for the Premier League title each season. Make no mistake, each challenge presents its own sort of pressure.
Without the presence of Mamadou Sakho or James Tomkins for our trip to the North West, I don’t personally hold out a great deal of hope for our chances but if you take a minute or two to browse through the link at the top of the page, you’ll see that City fans are also rather unsure of how their boys will get on against the famously robust tactical planning of Sam Allardyce.
The life of a football fan is never easy.