Papers salute the English Champions
- 12 May 2014 10:16
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Good Morning Blues, and what a good morning it is too!
I’m sure there are a few tired eyes today after yesterday’s celebrations, not least my own, but sifting through the papers is certainly having a restorative effect better than a full eight hours….
As you might expect, there is plenty of media coverage of the English Champions, so I’ve had to narrow it down to just a few.
He writes: “No final twists. No moments of doubt. No last-gasp dramas. Not this time.
“But nobody at The Etihad cared if it was all too easy. None of them were worried that it came without any edge.
“And, after the pitch invaders were finally cleared, as Vincent Kompany, for the second time in three seasons, lifted the Premier League trophy, revelling in the acclaim and the fireworks, nobody could deny them their moment.
“The best squad in the land. The best team in the land."
"The best. Unquestionably, undoubtedly.”
I'll take that.
In the Manchester Evening News, Stuart Brennan has come up with a slightly new meaning for the old phrase, Typical City.
Brennan’s report begins: “Typical City…typical champions.
“This time they did it with no fuss, no heart-stopping moments, no extreme drama.
“They did it by dominating West Ham from the off and easing to victory, playing patient, constructive football in the face of some dogged resistance from the Hammers.
“City simply refused to allow the Hammers a sniff of an upset. They penned the visitors back, snapped into 50-50 challenges, cleaned up the loose balls and twisted the tourniquet another notch.
“And, while the “neutrals” gnash their teeth and wail about the injustice of poor old Liverpool blowing it, and Steven Gerrard’s destiny remaining unfulfilled, the truth is that the best team won it.
“In attacking terms, there is little between the Blues and Liverpool – both are exhilarating, full of surprises and score goals by the bucketload.
“But football is not all about attack, and as a more rounded, better balanced team, the Blues deserve their triumph.”
That was rather a long snippet, but I’m not sure any of you will be complaining… the full report is here.
Sticking with the MEN for a minute, they’ve also picked ten reasons why City were crowned Champions. I could have picked any to share here, but I’ll go with the first.
Says Simon Bajkowski: “We start with a simple pick - the manager. Not only has the Chilean revitalised City on the pitch with his incredible attacking approach, he has also won a host of admirers thanks to his dignified approach. Pellegrini never appears flustered even the mad-cap world of the Premier League and has come across as a true gentleman at all times.
“The defeat at Anfield (which could have proved fatal to lesser teams) only typified this, as the Blues boss waited behind to shake the hand of every Liverpool player. That sort of thing, as much as his tactical nous, has boosted the club.”
Hear, hear. A true gent.
Finally, a quick word from the Telegraph’s Henry Winter about the spirit which has been evident to Blues fans all season, but is definitely worth highlighting again (and possibly again and again).
Writes Winter: “For this was the season when City held their nerve, when trust, togetherness and belief defined the team. After losing at Anfield on April 13, City were seven points behind Liverpool (albeit with two games in hand) but never lost the faith.
“Even when then drawing against Sunderland, they stayed calm. This was a triumph for exhilarating attacking, bringing 102 goals in the league (and 156 in all competitions), and for patience and intelligence.”