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A sense of deja-vu is sweeping Eastlands after Manchester City’s lame surrender against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday re-opened the cracks in the club’s glittering facade.
Manager Roberto Mancini has unrivalled spending power in English football but, just like Mark Hughes who he replaced nearly a year ago, is realising that there is one vital ingredient money cannot buy — team harmony.
City are still in the top four and handily-placed to mount a campaign to qualify for next season’s Champions League after last season’s near miss, but their title credentials have taken a battering in recent weeks and they are already eight points behind leaders Chelsea.
First there was a highly-flattering 3-2 victory after being out-played at Blackpool, then a 3-0 home defeat by Arsenal after being reduced to 10 men early on.
I’ve seen quite a lot of soccer in my time but never have I attended a match as crazy as Inter Milan v Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League on Wednesday.
For those who missed it, here’s a very quick rundown of the main incidents.
England striker Wayne Rooney wants to leave Manchester United, manager Alex Ferguson said on Wednesday.
“We are as bemused as anyone can be, we can’t quite understand why he would want to leave,” Ferguson told a news conference.
This week the podcast panel discuss the clash of European aristocracy at the Bernabeu, where nine-times winners Real Madrid host seven-tiems champions AC Milan, plus the Wayne Rooney saga and the plight of Liverpool.
Kevin Fylan is joined by Owen Wyatt, Mark Meadows, Jon Bramley and Toby Davis
Wayne Rooney, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Karim Benzema and Juan Mata are among the strikers up for discussion in the latest edition of our Reuters Sports Champions League podcast. Kevin Fylan is joined by Ed Osmond, Owen Wyatt, Paul Radford and Mark Meadows.
Form is temporary, class is permanent. The phrase is often used for top players experiencing a difficult spell, but does it refer to clubs as well?
Looking back at the European game, it appears the biggest clubs tend to stay at the pinnacle of the sport give or take a few dips.
New Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho will get a quick return to the San Siro but instead of facing former club and champions Inter Milan, it’s another double header with AC Milan for the Spaniards like last year.
Chelsea’s Didier Drogba can look forward to a trip to old haunt Marseille and Arsenal will have a speedy reunion with ex-striker Eduardo who now plays for Shakhtar Donetsk.