Call it what you want ‘Six In The City’, the ‘Demolition Derby’ or one of the many other puns doing the rounds but the real significance of the game is that City are now proving their point. The power has not shifted, they will have to win the league a couple of times and a European Cup before we can claim to be the totally dominant team in Manchester but for now they can stand proudly alongside United now and say we are coming, the ‘noisy neighbours’ are going to the next level.
For quite a while now, journalists, supporters and players have all spoken about Manchester City and said that having all this money is one thing, but they have to prove themselves to be real contenders and with the destruction of United at the weekend they did just that, supporters felt the club should be have been taken seriously before the derby but now more than ever the team has proved they are going somewhere, and that is great to see.
2) City Are Now A Team Not A Group Of Individuals
A common criticism of the club in the past was that City were merely a group of individuals and there have been questions about how much the players ‘want it’. I hold my hands up and say that at times over the past couple of years that attitude has been totally understandable, there have been some players that pulled on the City shirt with their mind on the money, not on the team or ‘project’.
I think those claims can now surely be put to bed, the idea that there is no team spirit in the camp is quite frankly laughable. The celebrations at the end of the last minute victory over Villareal were fine evidence of just that, and the win on Sunday has further underlined it, the collection of hugely talented players is becoming a team.
3) Nothing Is Won In October
As soon as the final whistle blew yesterday, Sky announced that City were the new favourites for the Premier League title, a similar sentiment was portrayed by Alan Hansen on MOTD claiming it was their title to lose, apparently Collymore on TalkSport said the same thing…it’s all a load of rubbish, we are in October. Our form has been superb, played 9, won 8, drawn 1. Five points clear of United, and 6 points ahead of Chelsea, there are no complaints from me, and we will be there or there abouts come May, but to claim the title race is over is farcical.