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Manchester City Win FA Cup And Get The Monkey Off Their Back

Video: Manchester City the FA Cup Champs

What a week it’s been for Manchester City. After qualifying for the Champions League mid-week for the first time in their history, Roberto Mancini’s team today won the 2010-11 FA Cup, their first trophy since the 1976 League Cup. While it wasn’t the entertaining spectacle many of us had hoped for, Manchester City controlled possession and created most of the chances in this game where Stoke City failed to turn up. Congratulations to Manchester City on winning one of the most historic trophies in English football.

Manchester City’s win Saturday is a turning point in the club’s history. Long seen as a B-rated side who have lived in the shadow of their more superior cross-city neighbors, Manchester City have now embarked in a new chapter in their history. A FA Cup win in their belts, they’ll walk into next season with a swagger, playing in the Champions League and having the expectations that they can make a run for the Premier League title.

However, this turning point also marks a change in how supporters of other clubs view and treat Manchester City. In the past, City had been a team that was often overlooked, one which was more of a distraction than a potential trophy challenger. Now however, with City’s win today and their Champions League qualification, Manchester City are — and will be — a force to be reckoned with. Many supporters, rather than congratulating City for a well-deserved FA Cup win, will start throwing out the cheap shots at City supporters. “They bought their way to victory.” “They’re a fantasy football team.” But while money helps clubs get closer to success, it doesn’t guarantee it. Clubs still have to go out there to win.

With the win Saturday, Manchester City have finally got the monkey off their back (the one about not winning anything for 36 years). They can now build on this platform and become a leader in the Premier League, and grow their international fanbase. Roberto Mancini’s squad will be touring the North America this summer, and they will hope to build the brand both in the United States and the rest of the world. Today marks a new chapter in the history of the blue half of Manchester. A future paved with success instead of heartache.

Today also marks a new era in the rivalry between Manchester United and Manchester City. The two clubs must feel on top of the world today. And this is just the beginning of a newfound story in the history of the Premier League. Two teams from the same city at each other’s throats.

The club has a lot to look forward to. A victory parade throughout the streets of Manchester one week from Monday. And then a Community Shield match in early August against Manchester United at Wembley. Right now for Manchester City supporters, it doesn’t get any better than this.

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9 Responses to Manchester City Win FA Cup And Get The Monkey Off Their Back

  1. bluemoon70 says:

    To quote the late, great Jackie Gleason, “How sweet it is!”

  2. Ardwickian says:

    Congratulations and Celebrations as the ever youthfull Cliff Richards once sang.

  3. Jason says:

    Manchester United will now be looking over their shoulders at City. This week City came of age and confirmed that they are now a player among the elite of the EPL. I can see City attracting top talent and making them a force in Europe as well. United will definitely want to bring in more talent but at what cost will be the question. Will the Glazers spend? Do they have money to spend without crippling the club further into debt? These will be intersting questions we may find out in the summer.

    Congratulations to City for a terrific season. I can see them finishing in the top 4 for years to come.

  4. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Fair play to Man City they deserved it, thought Toure would be the man to win it. I think they’ll be a fixture in the top four with Man United and Chelsea for years to come leaving Arsenal, Spurs, & Liverpool squabbling over fourth.

    All in all Stoke needed a fully fith Etherington and Huth yesterday and even then I think Higginbottom and Fuller would have been too big a miss for us to compete. We need to buuld a squad now to be able to compete at this level regularly, having 12-15 players able to play at the top level consistently isn’t enough, we need 20+.

    Cracking day out though and I never thought I’d get to see Stoke in an FA Cup final so that’s satisfying, we’re all going on a European tour now!

    I think this clip shows how Stoke fans took defeat yesterday, this was filmed at 6.45pm after the match yesterday. Even the bar staff were joining in!

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  6. Yespage says:

    Definitely Stoke City of the first half of the season in the Final. Of course, having a hurt Pennant, Etherington, missing Fuller and Higginbottom was very bad news. Stoke lacks the depth of a Man City or any other top squad to afford having those injuries. But still, Stoke came close to at least one goal and made the 2nd half interesting.

    Hats off to Man City, though while the monkey is off the back, much short of truly competing for the EPL title is still failure next season.

    • real SUPPORTER not a fan boy says:

      yeah and what the hell would a stoke fan know about winning the league?…that was ur 1st ever FA cup Final

      • Yespage says:

        If Stoke City had the money coffers of a Man City, they would be expected to win the title too. Or do you think Man City pays (and paid for) Tevez the same as Stoke pays Jones?

  7. Sean says:

    Mario Ballotelli live on TV: “I feel all this season I’ve been playing like shit – Can I say that?”

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