Mario Balotelli Substituted For Not Taking Friendly Seriously

Mario Balotelli’s remarkable talent for finding new ways to embroil himself in controversy resurfaced on Manchester City’s pre-season trip to Los Angeles when the Italian was substituted in disgrace only 30 minutes into a friendly against LA Galaxy. Balotelli then became involved in a touchline row with his manager, Roberto Mancini, and angrily threw a water bottle on to the pitch after taking his seat among the substitutes. The striker…

July 25, 2011

“Manchester United Would Not Tolerate City’s Sulks”: Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand has offered an insight into the reasons for Manchester United’s success by speaking of the togetherness he believes would prevent one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s current players from emulating James Milner’s reaction after being substituted in Manchester City’s defeat at Liverpool on Monday. “You don’t see anyone come off the pitch shaking their head, being disgruntled, or sitting on the bench in a sulk at this club,” Ferdinand…

April 14, 2011

Preview: Chelsea v Manchester City

Chelsea host Manchester City on Sunday in a match that could end the title aspirations of one of the competition’s two biggest spenders. Chelsea were cruising on top of the English Premier League at the end of October and a second successive title looked a formality, but almost five months on and the script has been given an extensive rewrite. The wheels began to fall off in early November, and…

March 18, 2011

Chelsea Spent £9MILLION On Agent Fees For Two players

Chelsea spent more than £9million on agents’ fees this year – but bought just two players. Latest figures from the Premier League put the Blues top of the big spenders list, just as other clubs are cutting back on their own fees. Spending was down on payments to agents by more than £3m in the year to September 30. But that still meant more than £67m was splashed out, with…

December 1, 2010

Adebayor: City Passion Misinterpreted As In-fighting

Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor believes there is nothing wrong with his team-mates squabbling if it helps the club win every week, and insists his row with Vincent Kompany was driven by both players’ burning desire to succeed. Adebayor and Kompany were embroiled in a very public on-field row during City’s 2-1 defeat at Wolves on Saturday, while there have been rumblings of discontent and suggestions of a dressing-room divide…

November 3, 2010