With all the flair ups at Manchester City, is the obvious lack of squad harmony going to be the one thing that could stop the team winning the title? It would seem not, with the influx of so many big time players bust-ups have nearly been something of the norm for the club that currently find themselves 2nd in the Premier League table as they go into tonight’s Premiership fixture against Arsenal.
Yaya Toure and James Milner argued in the players’ tunnel as their team lost at home to tonight’s opponents Arsenal last October. These grievances have regularly been repeated since, Mancini and Tevez also had words when City’s top scorer was substituted towards the end of a win at home to Bolton last month.
Furthermore, already this season Jerome Boateng and Mario Balotelli have come to blows on the training field and Mancini and captain Carlos Tevez had to be pulled apart during half-time of a league game against Newcastle. It would seem all these flair ups are galvanizing the squad as the team push for honours.
The most recent players to come to blows were former Arsenal teammates Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure. It is understood Toure reacted aggressively to a late challenge from Adebayor, prompting a brief free-for-all. “However, Sportsmail can reveal that relations between the pair have been frosty since Toure, the City vice-captain, gave a public interview six weeks ago in which he criticised players for airing their grievances in public.” Adebayor – out of the City team virtually all season – has said on several occasions he is unsettled at Eastlands and, as such, presumed that Toure’s comments were aimed at him.
There is obviously an air of competitiveness within all those at Manchester City and subsequently it seems to be paying dividends as the team find themselves in a positive position for their title push as they enter the second half of the season.
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