After the euphoria of last Sunday’s action, the blues were brought back down to earth as the week ended in the worst possible fashion.
Thanks For Nothing Arsenal
After thumping Birmingham 5-1 at Eastlands, City fans were eagerly looking forward to a week that could have seen us take a step closer to fourth place. All Arsenal had to do was beat Spurs at White Hart Lane and we could stay four point clear. But no, the Gunners had to go and ruin the party by losing 2-1. In fairness though, Spurs have been very good at home this season and Tuesday’s win was their twelve at home. So it all boiled down to Saturday’s results to see who had the upper hand by Sunday night.
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For the third time this season, United scored in the last minute against City. It didn’t help that the referee for the game had been changed to a certain Mr Atkinson. The very same Mr Atkinson that officiated the September derby. But this time, Atkinson couldn’t be blamed for us conceding in the last minute again.
But that’s the way it goes. If you don’t play until the end you get punished and we did. So it was all down to Chelsea. A win at Spurs would keep them clear of United and us in fourth. And typically enough, Chelsea lost and we go down to fifth. But credit to Spurs for the way they have performed over the last two games. Two big derbies and two victories show they have the mettle to stay the course and if we can’t break the top four, they will. They next visit Old Trafford where a decent result would almost but guarantee fourth place for them.
Europe Still On The Cards
Even if we don’t make it to the Champions League, we still look like claiming a Europa League place with a fifth or sixth place finish. With four games to go and Spurs still to visit Eastlands, we can’t rule anything out but at this stage of the season, we cannot afford any more slip ups.
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