The City story has the world's focus
- 12 May 2012 09:23
- Posted by Tim Oscroft
The eyes of the world are trained on Manchester, or so it seems as the clock ticks towards Sunday afternoon.
One former City player turned pundit reckons the title will belong to the Blues by the end of the day. Steve McMahon pops up on ESPN overseas, and in the Jakarta Post he confidently predicts success for the club he served in the early 1990s.
"It’s been an amazing season but all good things must come to an end and on Sunday they will end with Manchester City being crowned as champions for the first time in the Premier League era — their first league title in 44 years.
"And City would absolutely deserve it if they won the title this weekend. They have undoubtedly been the best team. They also have the best goal difference in the Premier League and have scored the most goals so far this season.
"So, who should take most of the credit if City do go on to win the title this weekend? Should it be the players or the manager? A bit of both but certainly Roberto Mancini has got things right in the closing stages of the season."
Similar sentiments emerge from one of the most remote cities in the world; there'll be a few Blues in Perth, Western Australia, and they'll be happy to read that the long wait may be over.
WA Today says, "Manchester City are determined to usher in a new era for English football on Sunday by clinching their first title for 44 years as the curtain comes down on a thrilling Premier League campaign.
"Yet City, whose owners have spent nearly STG1 billion ($A1.61 billion) on the club according to some estimates, are determined to ensure that victory in this year's league campaign is only a stepping stone to greater glory.
Bringing it all back closer to home, many UK papers go to town over tomorrow but we'll plump for the Independent, who have a range of articles that are worth a look. James Lawton looks back to the 1968 title triumph, and the legacy of Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison. How we wish they were still here to see the club as it is now, and Lawton's article is a nostalgic but relevant look back to a very different era in the club's history.