Steven Allweis

Editor and writer of leading Manchester City blog View From A Blue

Steven Allweis is the editor and writer of leading Manchester City blog View From A Blue and is a regular guest on TV and radio. His thoughts on all things City can be found on Twitter at @viewfromablue.

James Milner: Great for Manchester City, Good for Anyone Else

He is the type of player the club need if they want to be successful. Sure, he's not the quickest, nor the most skilful, nor is he ever likely to finish high up the goalscoring charts, but in a squad packed full of talent and in a team bursting with expensive and flashy recruits, the simple truth is that City are better with Milner in the side.
02/06/2015 17:19 BST

Why Fernando Is Manchester City's Best Signing This Summer

In Fernando, Pellegrini hopes he has found the missing piece of the jigsaw... Fernando is not the most eye-catching signing, but away from the limelight and operating in the shadows of a game, he may well turn out to be the best addition City have made this summer.
29/07/2014 16:24 BST

Brazil Shows Its True Colours

Away from the obvious tourist attractions - the remarkably imposing Christ the Redeemer, the picture-perfect Copacabana beach and the enormity and elegance of Parque Ibirapuera in São Paulo, to name but three - it is this admirable attitude, one of determination to enjoy life and of encouraging others to do the same which will stay with me.
25/06/2014 16:04 BST

In Defence of Martin Demichelis

For now, it is time to lay off the latest victim of football's need for a scapegoat and appreciate him for what he is: a solid enough defender doing a solid enough job. Nothing more, nothing less.
06/03/2014 13:09 GMT

Manchester City's Summer Signings: Success or Failure?

It's a good time to assess how Manchester City's five summer signings have settled in thus far. The quintet of Martin Demichelis, Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo all joined the Blues and have played some role in driving City towards the top of the table, but how has each one adapted to the club?
06/01/2014 17:51 GMT

José Mourinho's Real Madrid Goodybe

As he would have desired, everything centred on José Mourinho. From the start, when his name was greeted by a deafening mélange of cheers and boos, to the end when he departed with a stroll onto the pitch and a wave to those who had so vociferously backed him, he was the focus of attention.
03/06/2013 14:18 BST

Roberto Mancini: A Tough Decision But The Correct One

He's gone. The manager who took an underperforming squad, turned it into FA Cup winners in his first full season and then unforgettably lifted the Premier League trophy in his next has gone. And, on balance, I think it's the right decision.
17/05/2013 14:56 BST

Some Thoughts From the Bernabeu - Real Madrid v Manchester United

This was the match everyone was eager to see and it didn't disappoint. Enthralling in the first half thanks to Real Madrid's endeavour, intensity and quality with the ball, it became a more intriguing tactical battle after the break, and although Manchester United will be delighted with the result and an away goal, there were more than enough promising signs from the Spaniards to fill them with confidence ahead of the return leg.
17/02/2013 13:08 GMT

Manchester City - Premier League Champions

13 May 2012. A day when dreams turned into reality. A day when 44 years of heartbreak, hurt and living in the shadows ended. A day when typical City ceased to exist. A day which will be remembered forever. <strong>A day when Manchester City became Premier League Champions.</strong>
17/05/2012 14:35 BST

Feelings and Tactics Before the Manchester Derby

Derbies are emotive occasions at the best of times. Rational thought is obscured by a mélange of nerves, tension and anxiety. A concoction of fear and hope intertwine amongst bursts of dread. It's certainly not enjoyable but this one supersedes any other. It is the Manchester derby. And the Premier League title is on the line.
29/04/2012 22:05 BST

Has Mario Balotelli Cost Manchester City the Title?

I firmly believe perspective is needed with Balotelli. Yes, he's a hugely volatile and temperamental individual, someone who is just as likely to score the winning goal as he is to celebrate it by attacking the opposition manager, but he deserves far more respect than he currently receives.
23/04/2012 22:22 BST