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Mancini sets sights on second title

  • 29 September 2012 08:26
  • Posted by Mark Booth

It’s a match day which means that most of the media is concerning itself with this afternoon’s visit to Craven Cottage.

It’s not been the happiest of hunting grounds for the Blues in recent times, and when you factor in that Martin Jol has won six of eight meetings with City in his Spurs days, it’s a good thing that Roberto Mancini is in no mood to concede ground.

The Italian has set his sights firmly on keeping hold of the Premier League crown.

“We will win the title. I agree it is more difficult second time,” said Mancini in today’s Sun.

"It can happen the year after you win the title that the first month, second month, you don’t play well like last year.

Mancini Aston

“We are there, just four points behind Chelsea having played two difficult away games. We just need to start winning two or three games in a row.”

The Manchester Evening News has some comforting news for City supporters, reporting that Micah Richards is closing in on a return to action.

"It's probably going to take about two more weeks," Micah said.

"I'm happy with the progress made so far because it was quite a bad one, but I can't wait to get back in among the squad.

"Winning the league was an amazing time for everyone involved at the club, but I guess it wasn't meant to be for me at the start of the season.

"I suppose it's part and parcel of football, injuries come with it.”

 Micah Richards

Finally, the footballing world has been remembering former City boss John Bond this week after he passed away due to a long illness and there’s a beautifully written obituary in today’s Guardian by Julie Welch which pays tribute to an “affable, courteous man”.

“In the early 1980s, neither Manchester club was a dominant force in English football in the way both are now,” Welch writes.

“But they were certainly notable for their managers: United's perma-tanned Ron Atkinson – Mr Bojangles – and City's bouffant-haired John Bond, inevitably known as Bondy, formed a colourful, quotable duo in their ice-cream suits and striking ties.

“Bond, who has died aged 79, had already clinched his place in the nation's hearts when, in the 1980-81 season, after an FA Cup tie, he leapt from the upper tier of the Maine Road stadium to comfort his son Kevin, a defender in a Norwich side that City had just thrashed 6-0.

“The incident was made all the more piquant by the fact that Bond senior had just left Norwich to take the Manchester City job.”

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Don’t forget you can follow all of the action from Craven Cottage from 3pm with our Match Day Centre here on mcfc.co.uk or on our official Twitter account if you’re out and about.


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