The Hangover: Part 3?
- 24 September 2012 08:02
- Posted by David Clayton
City just aren’t firing on all cylinders at the moment and yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal proved as much.
The Blues were disjointed at times and the free-flowing football of last season is yet to re-appear, though Daily Mirror columnist Mark Lawrenson believes it will, eventually.
The former Liverpool defender-turned-pundit knows a thing about winning titles and today he writes: “Manchester City can’t stop leaking goals at the moment but I don’t think it affects their title credentials.
“You have to ask yourself the last time they lost a home game. They are still very strong there. They do look lethargic and are probably suffering a hangover from winning the Premier League.
“They are also still searching for their best formation, having experimented in their first few games of the season. But this happens. It is very rare to start a season superbly after winning the title.
“It just doesn’t happen for various reasons. There will be complacency among some players and the new ones need more time to bed in.”
Wise words Lawro.
Shaun Custis in The Sun follows a similar line in his match report, writing: “City’s Etihad home is the Fort Knox of football.
“In their march to the title last season they won 18 and drew one of their 19 home league games — only Sunderland managed to take a point.
“You have to go back to December 2010 for City’s last home defeat in the Premier League, against Everton.
“So Arsenal could consider this a good effort and had Gervinho brought his shooting boots with him, they would have returned to London with all three points instead of just the one.
“The Ivorian got into plenty of decent positions but his finishing was atrocious and, on one occasion when he was clean through, his touch was so bad he virtually passed it to keeper Joe Hart.
“Though City had led through Joleon Lescott’s 40th-minute header, they were a tired bunch by the end with Arsenal equalising through their own centre-back Koscielny eight minutes from time.
“Perhaps the effect of that mentally-sapping late defeat at Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday took its toll but Wenger’s men finished much the stronger.”
And that's about it, unless you'd like some John Terry snippets? Thought not...