Picking up the pieces
- 05 December 2012 08:26
- Posted by Nicola McCarthy
As expected, City come in for a hard time in this morning’s headlines.
You can take your pick of comments from a plethora of papers who are quick to pounce on the Blues’ premature European exit.
The Daily Star single out the fact that City’s three points in Group D represents the worst record by an English side in the competition.
“Manchester City crashed out of Europe in the most embarrassing style possible last night,” writes James Dobson.
“They managed just three points from three home draws, which is one less than Blackburn managed back in 1995-96.
“And at least they won a game.”
The Guardian’s Sean Ingle takes a slightly different approach though, commenting on how elimination from Europe could enhance City’s hopes of retaining their Premier League title.
“As defeats go, this at least has its compensations,” he writes.
“Finishing bottom of Group D ensures that they escape being parachuted into the Europa League.
“No trips to Russia and Ukraine, Greece or Romania. Potentially nine fewer matches. And no wearying Sunday-Thursday-Sunday-Thursday carousel.
“It may help their prospects of retaining the league title, however outlandish that statement seems after such an ineffectual display.”
In other news, The Daily Star claims that Manchester United are no longer interested in Inter Milan’s Wesley Sneijder – allegedly clearing the path for City to chase his signature.
“Starsport understands Fergie has cooled his interest in the Dutchman after previous attempts to sign him,” claims Jeremy Cross.
“He tried to land Sneijder in the summer of 2011 but was put off by Inter’s asking price and the player’s wage demands.
“Now the door is open for Mancini to make a move for the 28-year-old.”
Remember, we at mcfc.co.uk will be first to announce any new additions to the squad as and when they happen this winter.