If you have reached this point, you do not need me to blow smoke at you.
And that's just the players.
City boss Manuel Pellegrini was not impressed.
"I don't expect a different way to celebrate from him. It's normal," Pellegrini said, according to ESPNFC.co.uk. "No, I didn't shake [his] hand. I didn't want [to]."
Since that loss to Chelsea, City have 21 wins, one loss and one draw in all competitions.
If the Chelsea gaffer wants it, Pellegrini should get Mourinho a front row seat at the Etihad on Monday night.
You know Pellegrini would like nothing more than to hang six or seven goals on Mr. "I can win 1-0." Regrettably for Pellegrini, he will be without two of his prime offensive threats.
Samir Nasri continues to convalesce from the nasty injury he sustained against Newcastle United a few weeks back. And Sergio Aguero limped off (again) against Tottenham Hotspur last week; the Argentine's on-again, off-again fitness is quickly becoming a concern for Pellegrini.
But Pellegrini's cupboard is certainly not bare.
Alvaro Negredo dressed for the match against Spurs and is thus presumably fit for this Chelsea match. Jesus Navas has blossomed in Nasri's absence, taking a more aggressive and responsible role for City's offense since the Frenchman went down.
So Pellegrini's XI is bent, but certainly not broken, and should look like this: Joe Hart; Gael Clichy, Vincent Kompany, Martin Demichelis, Pablo Zabaleta; David Silva, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, Jesus Navas; Edin Dzeko, Alvaro Negredo.
And let's have it then.
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