It’s been a wobbly season for the Citizens, who have regularly struggled to cope with the ridiculous high expectation levels that accompany the club these days. Some of their away performances have been shocking, although it appears they are now in pole position to land some silverware this season.
Spurs and Aston Villa gave up on the UEFA Cup in the last round, while Milan tossed away a two-goal lead to be eliminated by Werder Bremen. As a result, Manchester City are the bookmaker’s favourites to win the competition. The Guardian reports that Mark Hughes was delighted with Craig Bellamy’s contribution against FCK, with the Welshman bagging a brace to help his team through.
“Whatever people say about him, he has a fantastic work ethic, no little skill and outstanding pace and we needed those qualities,” his manager, Mark Hughes, said last night. “For me, he has been outstanding with Wales and at Blackburn but here he is at another level.”
Do you think that Manchester City are rightfully favourites for the UEFA Cup, or are they likely to slip up against a quality team in the quarter finals or the semi finals? They’ve been handed a very favourable draw, playing Aalborg in the last sixteen, a tie that they will surely win. Maybe this season can be a success after all!