Man City ........ 3 Fulham ........ 0
SHEIKH MANSOUR has sent an ominous warning to the rest of the Premier League by saying Manchester City are ‘only halfway up their Everest’.
The Abi Dhabi billionaire who has bankrolled City’s transformation says he will carry on investing in star quality in the pursuit of more trophies – with the Champions League presumably at the summit of his ambitions.
In an open letter to City supporters in the matchday programme, the sheikh – who has just celebrated 10 years in control but has only attended one game at The Etihad – talked of his ambitions for the next decade.
He wrote: “It feels we are only halfway up our Everest. There is much more to do and there is much more to win. That is why you will continue to see us strive to recruit the very best talent into this club.”
But on the evidence of this comfortable victory – the champions scored 98 seconds into the first half and 97 seconds into the second period – boss Pep Guardiola does not really need any reinforcements with City looking in fine fettle as they launch their eighth attempt to win
Europe’s biggest club prize against Lyon on Wednesday.
They netted three goals but as Guardiola said it “could and should have been five, six or seven” such were the chances they created.
Fulham boss Slavisa
Jokanovic said: “The result is completely fair. They showed they are one of the best teams in the world. They showed great possession of the ball and great attacking weapons.
“They were fast and strong and we didn’t find our perfect level. But we didn’t make it easy for ourselves with the way we started the game and how we started the second half.”
There were always likely to be goals in this match considering that Fulham’s four previous fixtures had featured 16 goals, one more than in City’s four games.
But it was always going to be more a case of how many City would score.
The Cottagers faced the dilemma most teams face when playing the reigning champions. If you try to sit back and frustrate as Newcastle attempted in the game before the international break, Guardiola’s men have the quality to eventually open a team up.
But if you have a go like Fulham did yesterday, City will exploit the spaces and rip you apart.
The London club did not help their cause by gifting their opponents the lead after trying to build from the back and falling prey to City’s high press. Jean Michael