Most fans would tram­ple a granny to swap places with City

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY APRIL 12 -

CLUE­LESS clowns, bar room bores and Face­book freaks – all as big a part of mod­ern foot­ball as Sky Sports News and pink boots.

You all know them – they spout bol­locks. Yet they do it with such con­fi­dence you al­most be­lieve them. Al­most. Es­pe­cially af­ter a few bevvies.

Such tools are now pop­u­lat­ing the na­tion’s air­waves to laugh at Manch­ester City as though the club has just turned to dust.

Don’t get me wrong, City’s Devon Loch-style col­lapse is, of course, amus­ing.

It would be chuck­le­wor­thy which­ever team it was – we all love a bit of fail­ure in this coun­try. Par­tic­u­larly when a load of mil­lion­aires are in­volved.

What we also seem to love is cri­sis talk. Even when there isn’t one. F*** me side­ways if that’s a cri­sis at the Eti­had.

Granted the ti­tle has gone, bar­ring some divine in­ter­ven­tion, and that’s hard to take for the Blues af­ter they topped the ta­ble by seven points.

City have been on a down­ward tum­ble for a while – like a crys­tal cock you could see it com­ing. But cri­sis? Do me a favour. So they fin­ish sec­ond. No tro­phy, no open-top bus. But still their best fin­ish in a life­time.

Back in the Cham­pi­ons League next sea­son with a top squad, a great ground and cash in the bank.

Mil­lions of footie fans would tram­ple on a granny to see their team swap places with City. nd while get­ting gunned down by Arse­nal on Sun­day ended their ti­tle dreams, it also means there’s a good chance £23mil­lion clown Mario Balotelli will skip off into the sunset and take his sideshow with him.

An­other dis­trac­tion – Car­los Tevez – may join him through the exit door, as could Roberto

AMancini. But City will sim­ply em­ploy an­other top-class man­ager, pluck an­other dead-eye striker from the shelf and keep push­ing for the in­evitable – the ti­tle.

The cream of the play­ers at City – Yaya Toure, Vin­cent Kom­pany, Joe Hart, David Silva and Ser­gio Aguero – now have the vi­tal run-in nous that has been lack­ing this time around.

Cliché alert, but you can’t buy that ex­pe­ri­ence. Last sea­son City fin­ished third, this sea­son most likely sec­ond… next sea­son?

Black­burn fin­ished sec­ond in 1994 and won it in 1995. Chelsea were run­ners-up in 2004 be­fore go­ing on to win it in 2005 and 2006.

If that form was in the pa­per in the book­ies you’d have a pop, wouldn’t you? But back to the “cri­sis”. One na­tional phone-in moron bum­bled his way through some guf­faw­ing bol­locks at the week­end about there never be­ing a col­lapse like City’s in the Premier League. f Kevin Kee­gan was lis­ten­ing I bet that added a bit of the old frizz to his mul­let. His New­cas­tle side led by 12 points in 1996 and they still blew it. King Kev wasn’t lov­ing it when, guess who, Man United won it then.

Pub bores can shuf­fle pack­ets of nuts all they want – it’s not easy to win the league. Es­pe­cially when your last one was 1968.

But win­ning is a habit and so is play­ing un­der pres­sure.

United are old hands at it. City, as it has proved, aren’t. Only FOUR teams have won the Premier League – Manch­ester United, Arse­nal, Black­burn and Chelsea. FOUR f***ing teams in 20 YEARS!

Think what you like about City, but at least they’re mak­ing it in­ter­est­ing. Next sea­son I reckon they will make it very in­ter­est­ing.

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