Cast your mind back to last month and you may well remember Tottenham Hotspur being… well, Tottenham Hotspur. Despite everything going right for them on the pitch, they rather ironically didn’t have a pitch to call *Home*. Meanwhile in Manchester, everything was rosy; well, for one side it was anyway. But as you well know, it wouldn’t be Manchester City if we didn’t have at least some problem to deal with.
Spurs were scheduled to play us at their new stadium, yet down to poor planning that simply wasn’t possible. As an initial compromise Spurs offered to reverse the fixtures, City rightfully declined that offer as it’d have meant us having an obscene amount of away games in the end of season run in.
In the end the clubs agreed to play each other at Wembley stadium on Monday 29th October. However, by salvaging stability in one competition they may have inadvertently sacrificed their chances in another.
In it City drew Fulham, a relatively straightforward home tie where you’d expect us to continue our defence of the trophy – not so fast.
The game is to be played in the week commencing the 29th October, the Monday we play Spurs. To follow up what is a difficult away game with another midweek clash, lets just say, footballers could pull their hamstrings at the sheer thought of it.
If that wasn’t bad enough, on the Saturday we play Southampton in the league. This begs the question – will Pep sacrifice the Cup to keep players fresh for the league? Who knows, perhaps we could beat Fulham with our EDS squad alone, but it wouldn’t be the first time a City manager has threw the towel in, three years ago Manuel Pellegrini fielded a squad that spelt suicide at Stamford Bridge; that day we lost 5-1 – perhaps lightning will strike twice?