Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Mancini must hope unconvincing Manchester City deliver the FA Cup

I watched Manchester City stumble to a 1-0 win over Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park yesterday evening.
For the millions City have spent, they have come up with an entirely unconvincing unit. Players like Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko (although he did score the winner) do not look like players who will win the Premier League for City next season.

Yet, they have made the FA Cup Final - delightfully, for them, at the expense of their more illustrious neighbours from Old Trafford. The chance to bring the first silverware to City since the League Cup in 1976 looms large, but opponents on 14 May Stoke City (last winners of silverware in 1972 with the league Cup) will present tough opponents, and City should be mindful of Arsenal's defeat in the League Cup at the hands of Birmingham City earlier this season.

City look comfortable in fourth place and, in spite of Arsenal's recent troubles, are likely to stay there to claim a Champions League qualifying spot for next season.

Time could well be running out for Roberto Macini and, if he fails to deliver the FA Cup next month, he could see his number up.