If like me, you enjoy listening to chaps talking about football, you may have listened to one of the pre-season episodes of The Times newspaper football podcast The Game.
Yes I know, it’s often hard to listen to.
Gabriele Marcotti is a classic know-it-all.
Particularly so when he puts on his “dopey” voice to mock anything he feels to be stupid, despite being unable to pronounce the Laurens in Julien Laurens.
For City fans, it’s harder still, as Marcotti usually brings on board MUFC sycophant James Scowcroft or Scowey to whom he usually defers as if the latter were Paolo Maldini.
In the episode, Scowey refused to endorse City as favorites to win the title this year because “They have no Plan B.” That’s Scowcroft, who despite regularly bringing out the most gushing and obsequious tributes from Marcotti, never attempts to conceal his utter and contemptuous hatred for all things City and is utterly Red to the core. Balanced opinion is usually conspicuous by its absence on this podcast.
However, despite the critique from Scowcroft, City fans have in fact already witnessed Plan B. Plan B was the 5-3-2 formation used in pre and early season, refreshingly evidencing a controlled, patient approach that shows Pep has learned his lessons from last season. We’ve seen what happens when he opts for Plan A.
Fans of the hit TV show Game of Thrones will be familiar with the word “Dracarys.” This is a command issued in the language of High Valyrian when The Queen of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen instructs one of her three dragons to unleash hell. For the three dragons, Drogon, Viserion & Rhaegal, understand Leroy Sané, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus. What we saw against Brighton at the start of the season was Plan B: i.e: Caution in a tricky fixture against a buoyant and newly promoted team in front of their own crowd on Match Day 1.
Henceforth, don’t be surprised to hear the odd cry of “Dracarys” from the crowd as they implore Pep to unleash “fire and fury” on opponents to initiate scorched earth destruction from our very own wing dragons flanking the league’s most dangerous destroyer.
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