Four years after the serial under-achievers from the blue half of Manchester were bought by the Abu Dhabi United Group, the club’s fabulously wealthy owners are poised to see the biggest return yet on their substantial investment.
Victory over Queens Park Rangers at Eastlands on Sunday will — barring a miraculous scoreline for Manchester United at Sunderland — be enough to see Roberto Mancini’s side claim the league crown and City skipper Vincent Kompany is hoping the Blues’ amazing run on home turf will help them achieve just that.
City have drawn one and won all their remaining EPL games at the Etihad Stadium this season. “We are determined and completely focussed on what we have to do. I can only tell you one thing, all the players will be ready for it.
“People are saying that this match is somehow different, but there hasn’t been a team that’s come to the Etihad Stadium this season that didn’t have to get something. It’ll be a good game, I’m sure of that,” the Belgian defender, who was named the Premier League’s player of the season, told the club’s official website.
“Things don’t have to come easy and if QPR give us a good game then fair play to them. We just have to be better than them,” he added. While Rangers are fighting for Premier League survival, needing a win to be sure of avoiding relegation, City head into the game on the back of a remarkable home record that has seen them drop just two points at Eastlands all season.