Who will call it right?
- 13 May 2012 09:36
- Posted by Tim Oscroft
Today’s Press coverage is food and drink for City fans, but as with all printed media on match days, it’s only relevant up until kick-off.
After 3pm today, all the talking stops, theories will either be proved correct of way off target and one or two writers will be able to pat themselves on the back knowing their story was on the money.
The Observer’s brilliant front sports section cover is simple and visually excellent with Mancini City the headline and words making up an image of the Blues’ charismatic boss.
The feature inside claims the Blues go into pole position today thanks to Mancini’s ‘mix of luck and good judgement’.
The Sport Blog continues: “It was Napoleon who said generals needed to be lucky, Graham Taylor who applied the dictum to football managers and Roberto Mancini who stands to become the luckiest manager in Premier League history should Manchester City beat Queens Park Rangers to be confirmed as champions on Sunday afternoon.
“That is not meant to detract from City's achievement in any way, whether they win the title or not. As things stand they have scored more goals than anyone else in the league, conceded fewer, and beaten Manchester United home and away, so no one could possibly dispute their title credentials.
"Yet it is only just over a month since City lost at Arsenal and Mancini conceded the title, accepting the eight-point gap that Manchester United had opened up was too great to be bridged.”
Rob Draper in The Mail on Sunday writes of the belief Mancini had in his side to go into the final game knowing a win would secure the title in his piece headlined ‘I knew this day would come’.
Writes Draper: “Roberto Mancini claims he was not worried, but he was the only one at Manchester City who wasn’t. Mikel Arteta had just scored the 87th-minute goal for Arsenal that had apparently ended City’s title hopes.
“With Mario Balotelli sent off and dubbed ‘The man who cost City the title, the team looked in disarray as Manchester United, who had won 2-0 against QPR, went eight points clear and seemed in control.
“It did not turn out that way, of course. However today’s meeting with QPR finishes, for City to be in a position to win their first League title for 44 years, given where they were five weeks ago, seems unfathomable to long-time observers of the club.
After all, it was only four years ago they were losing 81- to Middlesbrough on the last day of the season, a stark reminder how far they have come so quickly
There are loads more of the same – but it won’t be until 5pm today that we know who called it right and who didn’t.