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Too little, too late?

  • 22 November 2012 08:07
  • Posted by Nicola McCarthy

There is the usual mopping up to be done this morning as the sun goes down on City’s Champions League campaign.

Mancini’s men don’t come in for too hard a time though; after all drawing 1-1 with one of the best teams in the world is hardly a bad result.

In a spirited second half, the Blues took the game to Los Blancos - but for The Irish Independent - it was a case of too little, too late.

“If only Manchester City had played like this earlier in the group,” writes Henry Winter.

“If only they had performed with the sort of concentration and conviction that coloured their second-half exertions, when they were inspired by David Silva, they might still be in the Champions League.”

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This is a view backed by The Telegraph’s Paul Hayward: “It may be many years before City add a Champions League title to the English championship they won last May but at least their recovery in this Group D fixture was encouraging.”

“By the end they could reasonably say there was no vast quality gap between them and the ancient empire of Madrid. Too little, though, too late.”

Elsewhere this morning, while we await news on the extent of Vincent Kompany’s injury, there are claims that the skipper could be a doubt for this weekend’s clash with Chelsea.

“Vincent Kompany could miss Manchester City's Premier League trip to Chelsea on Sunday after suffering a knee injury in his side's Champions League draw with Real Madrid,” reports ESPN.

“Kompany, 26, limped off the field with ten minutes remaining, but he played out the rest of the game as City bowed out of the Champions League.

“The Belgian received further treatment after full-time and reportedly left the Etihad Stadium on crutches, raising concerns over his fitness for this weekend's match.”

We will of course bring you an update on Vincent’s condition as soon as we have it.

 

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