It’s not only their haircuts that are similar. Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City side are proving just as, or even more, entertaining than the 1995-96 Newcastle United side managed by his fellow greying mop-topped headed manager, Kevin Keegan (Keegan has since transformed into what some may call a ‘silver fox’).
City are, like Newcastle were that season, phenomenal at home, but flounder somewhat on their travels. The Magpies won 17 of their 19 league games that season and were beating teams at not quite the same extent as City have done so far this term, but very convincingly all the same.
If you go through the forwards from the two sides then one can see the parallels between them; for Les Ferdinand take Alvaro Negredo; for Peter Beardsley take Sergio Aguero (or David Silva if you like).
Negredo’s nickname is ‘The Beast’, which is what Ferdinand was on the pitch, being one of the best at holding off defenders and one of the most powerful finishers in the 90s. Unlike that Newcastle team, however, the Blues are not many people’s second favourite team.
Like Keegan’s side had after 16 outings, Pellegrini’s current bunch have won eight from eight home matches so far, were the best ‘on their day’, and although Newcastle’s away form at this point was impressive, it was their results on their travels in the second half of the campaign that proved to be their undoing. City have suffered a lot already in that department, so will they end up in a similar state to Newcastle did then, i.e. no title?
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