Posts Tagged ‘Brazil 2014’

City Kill England’s World Cup Chances

In case you didn’t notice, it’s a Champions League week. We’re currently into the second of two days of match-day four. Without having to watch a single minute of football it is very easy to tell that the Champions League is back.

Glorious montages are everywhere (well on Sky Sports and ITV anyway. Sometimes even Sky1) and the main difference between these montages as opposed to the regular ones is that Darren Bent is replaced with Cristiano Ronaldo and Chris Brunt is now Lionel Messi. The other great giveaway is in the twitter behaviour of our most boring British journalists.

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David Conn takes the boring biscuit this week. As Manchester City qualify to the glory stages of the Champions League for the first time, he can only find regret. Regret that with this achievement City couldn’t find it in their hearts (hart pun here) to start an English player. And thus Manuel Pellegrini is to blame for England’s future failings. No doubt he’ll point to the several Spanish starters for Barcelona tonight. A mere coincidence that they are also world class footballers, of course. Or maybe he’ll make a similar comparison to Bayern Munich, as they seem to be very popular these days.

The thing is David, like so many others, for whatever reason, would rather see a team of English men (and perhaps one starlet Spaniard) fail to get a single win in Europe than see an English club progress in any other possible scenario.
What Mr Conn doesn’t realise is that if Manchester City are successful in Europe their squad value raises as a whole. Their academy, blessed with English players as well as others, will have a higher standard to reach and the benefit will be felt all the way through the club. A young 15 year old academy kid, English or otherwise, will have to further develop his skills to reach the level required to be a Manchester City player in the future. As Diana Ross would say; it would create a chain reaction. A positive one too. But of course, what’s that in the face of a bit of short term panic, eh?

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