Sunday 4 December 2016

'City spent a fortune on those chancers': The RTE panel was in top form analysing tonight's game

Published 04/05/2016 | 22:11

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 04: Nicolas Otamendi of Manchester City looks dejected during the UEFA Champions League semi final, second leg match between Real Madrid and Manchester City FC at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 4, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images )
MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 04: Nicolas Otamendi of Manchester City looks dejected during the UEFA Champions League semi final, second leg match between Real Madrid and Manchester City FC at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 4, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images )

Eamon Dunphy and the rest of the RTE pundits have long criticised Manchester City's mercenaries for failing to do it in big European games and they had plenty of ammunition to fire at those players tonight after they were eliminated from the Champions League.

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A deflected Gareth Bale shot saw Real Madrid advance to the Champions League final at City's expense but the game was noticeable for how poorly the losing side's stars performed.

Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Kevin de Bruyne were almost entirely non-existent and that fact wasn't lost on Eamon Dunphy, Didi Hamann and Liam Brady.

Dunphy is usually the point-man in discussions about under-performing and highly paid City players but it was Hamann who was the most scathing in the post-match coverage. After discussing the displays of Aguero, Toure, de Bruyne, Jesus Navas and Raheem Sterling, the German gave a blunt assessment of their contributions.

"You have five football players who cost the best part of £300m and they were non-existent," he said.

"I think they lack class and they lack quality.

"Navas is a myth. I don't know what he does. He might be working back but he is a winger and he is there to create goals. "

Hamann also lambasted out-going manager Manuel Pellegrini and thinks his replacement Pep Guardiola will struggle to better his Champions League efforts with Bayern Munich when he arrives in Manchester.

"In the three or four years he [Pellegrini] has been there, I think he has been terrible. If you look at some of the players he has picked for big games, he has been very naive with his team selection.

"Out of these 18 players [in the City squad], if there are more than four or five players still there in a few years I would be very surprised.

"Pep Guardiola couldn't get Bayern Munich to the Champions League final, he has no hope of getting this bunch to the final."

Not content to let his colleague do all the eviscerating, Dunphy used one of his favourite words to describe Manchester City as a collective as he began his analysis.

"Manchester City have spent a fortune on those chancers," he said.

"De Bruyne has been talked up all year for beating West Brom and he went missing, although he did do well in the two legs against PSG. Raheem Sterling isn't the player that he was at Liverpool.

"Samir Nasri is going nowhere, he just bought a £350,000 car for a start."

Not to be outdone by the man on his left and the man on his right, Brady succinctly summed up the panel's overall feelings.

"They don't care about the club, all they care about is their wage packet. Man City are a terrible example of what is wrong with football.

"Man City were woeful tonight. They went out with a whimper."

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