Sunday, 13 May 2012

A neutral's caution about Manchester City's glory

We are the Champions
The dramatic nature of Manchester City's injury time victory over QPR this afternoon to snatch the Premier League championship from Manchester United on goal difference is the stuff of footballing legends.
Supporters are justifiably ecstatic that the long wait for the title is over.
But as a neutral I can't but wonder at how close City was to throwing away the opportunity to stuff United.
The Abu Dhabi-financed club, the richest in the Premiership, scrapped home. World class players and a talented manager were essential ingredients for success. But so too was Man U's hitting a run of poor results.
And then to offer the Reds a lifeline going behind at home against a 10-man QPR - the red mist seems to have taken up residence in what passes for Joey Barton's brain - almost beggars belief.
It all came right in the end; over the season City deserved to shade United. But Roberto Mancini cannot depend on a repeat of poor performances among some of the League's leading clubs if City are to retain the title next season.
Similarly City has to be tested on the European stage where its trophy cabinet has been as bare almost as long as its domestic one prior to today.

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