Can Swansea City cause a shock at the Etihad Stadium?

by Spencer J

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

So, the time has finally come as Swansea City fans gather up their scarves and hats, don their new shirts, check their sat navs and AA Road planners, pick out their toilet stops and plan their trip to Manchester City and a journey to the Etihad Stadium.

For the converted, a four and a half hour drive is in order from Swansea as a convoy of 2500 fans make the trip north from South Wales to face Roberto Mancini’s ‘fantasy’ football side on Monday night.

For most, the excitement is tinged with extreme tension. Swansea’s game is being broadcast live on Sky Sports, the nation will be watching. Panellists will study our squad, our formation, our line up and make their own opinions as to our strengths and weaknesses.

City are sure to blood their new signing, £32m man Sergio Aguero from Argentina will surely lead the line, while the giant Yaya Toure is sure to take up his position in midfield. The guile and craft of David Silva is a worry for any side, let alone one which is newly promoted, while of course Carlos Tevez could also make an appearance. The squad oozes quality, with plenty of bet365 free bets to claim on the game.

Can the Swans pull off a shock? How will 5ft 5 Leon Britton shackle the 6”3 Yaya Toure? Will Ashley Williams cope with Balotelli? Will Alan Tate stay on the pitch? Can we hold for a draw? Or are the Jacks in for a long and extremely unpleasant long drive back to Wales?

We have a few crumbs of comfort to take into the game. Manager Brendan Rogers has managed to bring in a few new faces during the summer. Steve Caulker has arrived from Spurs to strengthen the back four, England under-21 internationals Wayne Routledge and Leroy Lita have been brought in from Newcastle and Middlesbrough, while last seasons top goalscorer in the Championship Danny Graham will lead the line.

Two confident pre season performances have yielded two impressive wins, against Celtic 2-0 and Real Betis 1-0, and for Swans fans there is plenty of optimism.

We’ve played some great football to get to where we are now. Games at the Liberty are great fun to watch. We have two flying wingers in Scott Sinclair and Nathan Dyer who have the one essential ingredient of football, pace.

The pass and move ethic, founded under the leadership of Roberto Martinez is still ingrained in the squad.

We have no real need to fear Man City. Yes we have a smaller squad, yes we are the perennial underdogs, but defeat would not be the end of the world. The club has plenty of things going for it.

I’d still be a happy man driving back down the motorway, a heavy defeat would surely have a dampening effect for an hour or two I admit, but even a loss would not stop a small smile from breaking out as we pass our capital city.

The Swans have done it, we’re there. We’ve reached the holy grail of UK football.

Yes, we could be in for a long hard season, but as with Blackpool last year, it should make for a very enjoyable, if not bumpy ride, and this is one rollercoaster every Swans fan will want to enjoy for years to come.

I for one, am buying a ticket.

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  • Rob

    As a life-long City fan (many of which until recent times have been spent supporting the ‘underdog’), I wish you and your team the very best luck for this coming season (and I’m sure if you speak to any other true City fans, they will offer the same wishes). Having strived to reach the Premiership, I hope you can approach it in much the same way as Blackpool last year (i.e. enjoy every game and let the results just come rather than putting unnecessary pressure on yourselves) and make it work for you. I for one will offer a warm welcome to you atthe Etihad Stadium. Good luck.

  • Alan

    Good sentiments Rob , I am also a lifelong City fan (tho lets remember Swansea are also City) and i hope you Swansea fans have a great season. I can’t wish you luck on Monday but remember that your season wont be defined by the result at the Etihad stadium, I hope most visiting teams will lose at our place this season. Just have a good time and give it your best shot.

  • Thorpiemcfc

    Fully agree with Rob, as a younger city fan who has supported them since 1998/99 I, and many others like me will know exactly how it feels to get to the premiership for the first time, and to be fair, the lower the expectations are, the more everyone at the club will enjoy the ride, the club will be stronger financially and commercially for it. Wish you the best of luck in the coming season (apart from the two against us lot) and hope to see you return to the Etihad Stadium (still sounding strange to say) next year!

  • Chris

    What a great read. I like Rob have supported City for many a tough year! The words Rollercoaster and Yo Yo describe them perfectly.

    In many ways, City fans themselves are just enjoying the moment as we never know when things might take a turn for the worse.

    I doubt you will be walked over so I wouldn’t worry about that!

    Enjoy the game & good luck for the season!

  • Jack

    I too am a Man city fan and I would echo Rob’s sentiments. Best of luck in the Prem lads hope you stay for years. I watched you several times last season and Brendan Rodgers certainly has a great footballing philosophy. So let battle commence.

  • Neil Hookway

    I am a city fan too. Whilst appreciating all the nice sentiment City I’ll be disappointed if City dont get off to a solid start with a comfortable victory.

  • Spencer J

    Thanks for those replies people.
    I’m looking forward to Monday. Up and down to Manchester in one day…no work Tues! 🙂

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