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Thursday, 29 September 2011

Manchester City: Why is there such hate for Mancini's men?


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As the UEFA Champions League's second matchday comes to a close, all eyes will have been heavily focused on the exceedingly rich Manchester City.

And it seems that despite playing some wonderful, scintillating football this year, the mega bucks club are still held with a sense of contempt by many self-anointed high-horse riding football fans who call for home grown, slowly nurtured talent that is developed internally at the club which wishes to harness its talents.
 
They assembled a squad that was only possible to assemble because of the influx of cash injected into them, this is true. There are the usual arguments of how they typify the modern game; of how the money they have is perpetuating the alleged awfulness of simply buying success unlike how their (ahem) bare bones counterparts United have become successful. It’s said they are ruining football, taking the simplistic, grotesque route to being successful.
 
But does anyone really care when there are footballers like Silva playing in our league?
 
Can we really say when simply being blown away by a blistering, powerful Yaya Toure run or an intricate dribble from the excellent Aguero, that we can entirely focus on the money side of Man City and only begrudge them for buying talent?
 
I can shamelessly say that I would not. Perhaps it’s a shallow opinion; but as a fence-sitting neutral the actual way in which Man City has attracted these players to the Premier League is rendered irrelevant – all I can think about is that they are actually here. I forget that City paid over the odds for the talent that exists within their squad and I forget how they are taking a shortcut into becoming a large, successful football behemoth that, inevitably, will win trophy after trophy and create their own legacy.
 
We are able to witness the play of intricate, intelligent and naturally talented players like the wonderful Silva who possesses savvy skill and guile in abundance – by God I wouldn’t change a thing about Man City if it meant the Agueros, the Yaya Toures, the Dzekos and the Balotellis of this world were not here, plying their trade in England. They are true assets to our league.

In a world where Fabregas, where Henry and where Ronaldo, Alexis Sanchez and Kaka have chosen sunny Spain instead of lighting up our eye-sockets in good old Blighty, I can honestly say I am thankful for the over-spending of Chelsea and Man City, buying players like the mind-boggling Juan Mata and the fascinatingly insane Mario Balotelli.
 
We cannot change City, so why not just embrace them for what they are?
 
There seems to be this snobbery when regarding City, as if they were wrong and tactless to take the opportunity that came their way. Money is the road to success and City have come racing down it – can mid-table clubs honestly say that they would reject a chance to plunge huge amounts of cash into their pockets so they can ultimately become successful?
 
In an ideal world, football would not be so controlled by money – yet if Manchester City wanted to be successful, money was the easiest way to progress. I, for one, do not begrudge their aspirations. Wouldn’t David Moyes, with summer after summer of inactivity and seeing his most valuable assets leave, certainly be tempted to accept an offer of money so he could revitalise his decaying side? Perhaps it is jealousy which is the main motivator in the hatred that comes City’s way.
 
I simply cannot hate them when they fill their boots with an endless array of talent. In three or four years they will eventually become another side that can potentially thwart the endless list of tikataka’s Barcelona produce and have provided an extra dimension to a title race that was becoming stale.
 
They, like their supposed Spanish equivalent in Malaga, are using money to become successful and globalise their name. Whether it is wrong or right, football revolves around money: it is as important to the game as goalposts are. Call it cheap success if you will, but with cash becoming more and more a vital ingredient into progressing your football club, it may be the smart option against the admirable option. The smart option will succeed every time.
 
Look at Arsenal – Wenger’s failure to spend has resulted in important players leaving the club and has sent them spiralling into what may be, when looking at their final position at the end of the season, only described as mid-table mediocrity. Liverpool are now in contention for a fourth place finish and Manchester United have consolidated and added to the squad which won the league last year whereas Manchester City themselves and Chelsea are tipped to be title-contenders: Money has galvanised all of these teams.
 
I will never dislike Mancini's side. They have provided our league with an array of talent and jumped at the chance to become successful which, quite simply, is what football is all about. And I’m certainly sure City will not care about the criticism which comes their way when they start winning bigger pots than the FA Cup – and winning them in style.
 
Article by Jack Heaney

Do you agree with Jack? Should football fans be giving Manchester City credit for bringing world class talent to the English game or do they represent everything that is wrong with the beautiful game? Whatever your view we'd love to hear from you.

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