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Great expectations at Eastlands

by Emily Brobyn
Blue Tuesday, BBC Radio Manchester

City of Manchester stadium

With City's spending soaring over the £100 million mark this summer, expectations at Eastlands have also gone sky high. But are they realistic? Or are fans wanting too much, too soon?

The expenditure granted by Sheikh Mansour and Khaldoon Al Mubarak to Mark Hughes has been boundless but has invited criticism from rival fans, managers and pundits alike.

City have been involved in an unprecedented real-life version of fantasy football, snapping up several quality players pre-season. The money and the ambitions of the new owners have raised the bar. But is the talk about breaking into the top four a little premature?


Micah Richards spoke after the Wolves game about how the players felt more confident and that the attitude, assisted by the new faces, is being developed into a winning mentality.

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City don't have the distraction of European football this season. So surely there really can be no excuse for not achieving a place in the Europa League come the end of the season?

A good run in a Cup competition would also be welcomed. City do tend to have a nasty habit of crashing out of the Carling Cup as victims of a 'giant-killing' act by lower-league sides. Can this be rectified this season?

The players that Hughes has recruited - Carlos Tevez, Emmanuel Adebayor and Gareth Barry - are all seasoned professionals in the Premier League therefore have no adaptation issues. (Robinho?)

Expectation, though, can also be a double-edged sword: if people expect too much then if things turn sour, the reaction can be vicious.

There is a definite air of hope at Eastlands. And while hope and optimism for success are to be encouraged, maybe fans should temper their dreams with a wide-eyed reality check.

Yes, there is a dawn of a new era in the blue half of Manchester - but morning hasn't broken yet.

Have Your Say

If Manchester United were to be relegated to division 2 just as city were, would 75,000 fans still attend every home game? not 2 sure myself

- OB, Manchester

I am still "mad as hell" about the 4 mins of extra time... never mind the additional three the ref played after that!!!! But, I am amazed at how the Utd lot reacted to the final whistle. Just goes to show, how far we have come in a short space of time..."they" were desperate and so relieved to win the game! Fergie, Vidic, Ferdinand, Foster and (Neville on their bench) all knew they had been in a game and were worried sick about us. I have not seen them that way since the early 70's. So, only good times ahead for us I think. Move over United, CITY are back! :-) Chuffed to be blue!!!

- Ernie in Prestwich

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