Manchester City: Half-Term Report

Class position: Three

Previous position: Two

Teacher: Manuel Pellegrini (specialism: Engineering)

Head boy: Vincent Kompany (absence issues)

Star pupils this term: Joe Hart, Fernandinho, Kevin de Bruyne

Successes: European Exchange

For the first time since the injection of new funds, City have made a positive impact on the continent. A difficult group was navigated with some comfort, finishing top of their group and ensuring a favourable next step on the road to potential continental glory. It has also been the place where the teacher, much maligned for past inflexibility, showcased class and instinct to turn situations decisively in City’s favour. As we move into a new term, things look as good as ever for City in the Champions League.

Areas to improve: Defence

Despite a comfortable clean sheet against Leicester City just before the end of the year, City have looked ineffective at the back without perennially injured head boy Kompany. Too often, it has been individual errors rather than tactical misgivings that have opened the side up, although heavy defeats both to Spurs and Liverpool suggest a fragility that must be addressed going forward if City want to end the year with the results so many predicted of them at the start of a promising term.

Target area: (Away from) homework

While impressive in front of its friends, City struggle to perform away from their own classroom. Not only are the grades not good enough, they are barely scoring any marks in the lessons. Attacking wastefulness is the key reason behind this, with too many easy marks being thrown away in the pursuit of a perfect answer. To improve, they must simplify their answers and for us solely on getting the mark, rather than how stylishly they are able to get it.

Overall Grade: B-

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