You could say that Manchester City were robbed on and off the pitch yesterday. The Guardian reports that more than £2,000 was stolen from the visitors dressing room at Bramall Lane, while City were being humbled by Championship opponents Sheffield United.
Although Eriksson did not refer to the incident in his post-match press conference, a visiting club official confirmed that South Yorkshire police had been called to investigate the break-in. A Sheffield United spokesman said: “We shall assist the police fully and in every way we can.”
The same article reports that Svennis is starting to show some uncustomary anger towards his players as, once again, they failed to deliver the goods away from home.
“Sometimes it’s not enough just to pass the ball to each other and play beautiful football. If you don’t stand up for the fight you won’t win and we didn’t. Sometimes players from abroad think it is easy if you meet a team from a lower league but it isn’t,” added Eriksson. “You lose and draw in the Premier League but this hurt more.”
Perhaps the Swede only has himself to blame then for recruiting players from abroad in the summer. He may have been particularly referring to Elano, who seemed increasingly riled as the game wore on and was withdrawn at half-time.