Manchester City have underachieved since the club was taken over by Sheikh Mansour in 2008 and would even make ‘lucky’ Premier League champions this season, according to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
City won the FA Cup in 2011 and the Premier League title in 2012, but they were unconvincing in their title defence last season and also lost the FA Cup final to Wigan.
In Europe, the team have only progressed beyond the Champions League group stage once in three attempts, failure which cost former boss Roberto Mancini his job at the end of last season and leading Mourinho to refute their recent tab as the best team in the world on current form.
“They are lucky,” Mourinho said. “The referees, they try to do their best and sometimes they make mistakes and normally during the season the mistakes are split between teams. “In their case, they have everything in their favour.”
He added: “The reality is they have many crucial decisions in their favour.” City and Chelsea meet in the Premier League on Monday evening.
Atletico celebrate in style
On an emotional evening at the Vicente Calderon, Atletico Madrid beat Real Sociedad 4-0 to become the outright Spanish league leaders for the first time this season.
Atletico took full advantage of Barcelona’s slip up at home to Valencia and Real’s 1-1 draw away to Athletic Bilbao, a game in which Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off in the second-half, to move three points clear of Spain’s traditional heavyweights.
The Situs Domino99 Pkv performance had special meaning for the club, as ex-players and fans paid tribute to former Spain and Atletico player and coach Luis Aragones, who died on Saturday. Current boss Diego Simone was delighted with the manner …