So, after 34 years of trophy-less football, Manchester City have finally won something, and that something being the 2011 FA Cup. It was quite a thrilling victory, with them dominating over Stoke in the final, despite the score only being 1-0. Also, they turned Manchester sky blue when they defeated their arch rivals, Manchester United, in the semis. It looks like that 300 million pounds of spending has finally payed off for Roberto Mancini and his men.
Will this be a catalyst for more wonderful victories from the Sky Blue Boys from Manchester? This has been quite the season for them, also having secured Champions' League football from the grasp of Tottenham Hotspur. In fact, today, after once again beating Stoke soundly with a score of 3-0, they stole third place in the Premier League table from Arsenal, who amazingly lost to Aston Villa at home on Sunday. We saw a similar thing with Chelsea when they won the Double in 2005, and later they went on to become one of the most dominant teams in Europe and England.
Can Manchester City replicate what the Blues did? They've definitely got the talent to do it. Carlos Tevez, David Silva, Mario Balotelli, Kolo and Yaya Toure, and Vincent Kompany are up there in terms of talent, so honestly I don't see why they wouldn't be able to pull off a Champions' League or Premier League surprise. In my opinion, they could be the dark horses for the 2011-2012 Premier League season.
While I do admire and respect the Mancs for winning such a trophy, it also saddens me a bit. Now, it shows that teams who are financially backed by billionaires will be able to succeed in the world, despite not having any young talent in their academies. That means that teams who actually play their young players, like Arsenal, Manchester United, and Liverpool, are now screwed. But then again, Arsenal is sponsored by the Emirates, but it's been their stubborn manager Arsene Wenger who hasn't bought. Did I just diss my favorite team....
Now, thanks to the recent rises of Tottenham and Manchester City, it looks like the Premier League will have the "Big Six": Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Tottenham. Added to that, smaller teams like Aston Villa, Bolton, and Everton aren't far behind in the quality of their squads, so it looks like the 2011-2012 Premier League season will be quite exciting. Me gusta.