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Little knocks like the one Dzeko took against West Ham are troubling for a side that need all of their depth to contend for four trophies.
With Manchester City leading a Capital One Cup semi-final match 5-0 after 60 minutes at the Etihad, the manager and fans must have had one overriding thought...
Please, Sky Blues, stay on your feet and get to the dressing room intact.
Brett Koremenos wrote for Grantland.com recently about Arsenal losing Theo Walcott in an FA Cup match:
Even for a shrewd accountant like Arsene Wenger, who isn’t alone in having fan pressure affect his approach to the Cup, the risk/reward analysis doesn’t add up. Despite its sentimental appeal, you have to ask where the FA Cup stands on the priority list for teams currently enjoying life in the Premier League. Is even the possibility of losing a player like Walcott worth advancing in the tournament?
Manchester City are still alive in the FA Cup. They are going to be beyond prohibitive favorites to advance to the Capital One Cup final after the second leg of this draw is played on Jan. 21.
Would City view losing Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero or Vincent Kompany to long-term injury in a domestic cup match—like Koremenos put it with reference to the Walcott injury—as "a cost of doing business"?
And before you answer that question, how would it feel to watch City take on Barcelona in a Champions League match without one of their best players available?
With that in mind, why did it take almost 79 minutes for Alvaro Negredo to get off the pitch against West Ham? Why did Toure even start the second half?
"The risk/reward analysis doesn't add up."