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Regular Vital Manchester City contributor, Bundo sent us the following.

After a soul destroying loss against Tottenham Hotspur I found myself not wanting to walk away from the stands, but stood motionless staring into space. Soul destroyed? I certainly felt disheartened, however, I want you all to look on the brighter side and go and pick up your TARDIS key and come back with me to August 2009.

If I had then handed you a lucrative offer, in the style of Noel Edmonds, 5th place, a decent run in both cups and our striker being nominated for the PFA Player of the year and in the running for the golden boot you wouldn`t have just taken would have bitten my hand off!

I also have some more positives for you - we now have a pre-season. We won't have to play these annoying Champions League qualifiers and we can have a longer break, have more time to buy players and gel, let them have a longer break, and of course maybe Ireland will pick up the boxing again and turn into the player he was last season...or move on like some stories suggest.

Now I know what you're thinking 'but we could have got fourth. I wouldn't have taken fifth at the start, I don't want a pre- season - I want Champions League football' but please, calm down, as I am here to add more positives to this situation.

It's simple and it's wonderful - the top four has been breached! For years it has dominated by Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United, and Arsenal, and only occasionally been broken into, however it has always been fixed back up together, but now it has been breached once more and I have a funny old feeling that no super glue will patch the top four back up again, not in that same formation at least. It may not have been by us but it has been done none the less. It is official - The Barclays Premier League no longer has a 'top four' and it looks like next season, any one of them could win it!

Another point I would like to throw into the mixer (wish City would have done that more against Spurs and Adebayor be there waiting with back-up), is that for those of you who think that City will not get the top class players that we so badly want here because we are in the Europa League and not the Champions League, I would like to offer you another Noel Edmonds like scenario.

You are working at Frankie and Bennies, earning 50 pence an hour (I shall keep it simple)...if I was to offer you £100,000 an hour to work at McDonalds, which would you take? Exactly. Also, next season we will be going for the same target - top four. So, we want players that will get us in this spot - and they will come don't you worry. So calm down dear - they shall come! Carlos Tevez came to us when we weren`t playing in Europe at all...nuff said!

Another positive? Of course! Here it comes...

Thursdays are better than Tuesdays - fact. So, football on a Thursday night will be wonderful and much better than Champions League football on Tuesdays. Firstly, Thursdays are closer to Friday...and Fridays are wonderful!

Secondly, there is nothing good on the TV on a Thursday, so when I go to the match - I won't be missing anything! And finally, if we lose, there's only one working day left in the week to have the 'Michael' taken out from you from rival fans, whereas Tuesdays there are three.

Ok, so maybe I'm clutching at straws with the Thursday is better than Tuesday argument, but my message is simple, stay upbeat! We've beat Chelsea twice, Arsenal twice, had a wonderful cup run, finished higher than ever before, made a legend out of Carlitos Tevez, have the likes of Boyata, Cunningham, Nimley, Ball, Ibrahim, Kay, and Weiss coming through the ranks, settled the defence, have a good few players in the England frame, and after just listening to the video with an interview with our chairman - we will have Mancini at the hands of it all! Things can only get better.

Tottenham Hotspur, if I had a hat, I would take it off to you - well done. I will not moan about the referee or pen the whole result on one player as I'm looking at a bigger picture.

This ladies and gentlemen is a good thing - just remember that. And...who's to say that we won't win the Europa League next season?

Bundo, over and out.

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Writer: Bundo Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 7 2010

Time: 11:52AM

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well said Bundo, but why settle for top4? why can't we go for the title, and IF we miss out we then will get in the top4, plus a cup would'nt go amiss either, if we aim for the stars we get the moon, i say let's go for it next year, and what a way to do it by 'winning the title'....CTID
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07/05/2010 12:50:00

i do like city fans, but your team, management and owners have this arrogant swagger about them that doesnt fit your club, you cant say things like guaranteeing 4th and that next year you will win the league next year like macinis been saying, you set yourselve up to fall, the media will love to put you down and all that affects your club. Your right you should be happy with 5th, we would have been but it is a massive failure for your club because of the massive targets your chairman sets. Remember chelsea were already champs league b4 the money came in. Good luck 4 next season, you deserve some glory.
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07/05/2010 13:32:00

If you don't aim high you won't get nowhere. We are slowly losing the liddle ciddy mentality. As the chairman said yesterday, we would have been a year ahead of scedule in qualifying for the CL. We were playing in the third tier 11 years ago so to have qualified outright for the Europa League is progress on the back of staying in the top flight for 8 years.
Johnny Baguette
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07/05/2010 13:41:00

its good to aim high, but we aimed for champs league but played it down to keep the pressure off, unlike in italy, people dont appreciate arrogance here, and there is a big difference between aiming high and guaranteing success, money doesnt guarantee you nothing, you have to work for 4 what you want. I think your owners are going about it wrong, paying to much for average players and pre-madonnas. They say they have unlimited funds but will they stay interested forever??
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07/05/2010 13:54:00

Challenging for 4th or higher will be helped by being in the europa. And its realistic to say city will be in the CL sooner rather than later, for a long period of time. To liamyid -If italy did appreciate arrogance, then the italian media and managers wouldnt be chasing mourinho out of italy. Theres nothing wrong with city or any club stating their aims. Im sure west broms aim will be to stay up in the premiership next season. The manager and the chairman will say this. Nothing wrong with aiming for 4th or higher. Spurs spent 30 mill - city spent alot more, so the pressure was always on from the outside to achieve 4th. Look at the betting odds at the start of the season, city were favourites for 4th. Spurs werent. But credit due, spurs are a better team. City will always be priced out the market and we are prepared to pay big wages. The owners will be around for a long, long time, as they have signed a 1billion pound deal with the manchester coucil to redevelope the ground and new businesses around the stadium (google it). The owners and citys ambitions are here to stay.
Super City Slicker
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07/05/2010 14:23:00

Liamyid - who made guarantees? Mancini said he believed we would get fourth, he didn't guarantee anything, and neither did ADUG for that matter.
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07/05/2010 15:14:00

mancini after the manu game said, 'we will get 4th, for sure'.
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07/05/2010 15:19:00

That's belief, not a guarantee.
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07/05/2010 15:23:00

its cockiness imo, it feels like h has to say that stuff to satisfy the owners
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07/05/2010 15:39:00

Nowt wrong with that Liam!
Johnny Baguette
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07/05/2010 15:46:00

Liam - I'd just like to point out that Mancini had the humility to shake every member of the Spurs team hands in congratulating them the other night. And that City chairman Khaldoon Mubarrak personally approached Jamie Redknapp at a function in the club post match to tell him to pass on his congratulations to his father. Hardly acts of arrogance them, eh?
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07/05/2010 16:27:00

liamyid, you clearly give too much credit to the tripe you read in the tabloid press - ignore it, nobody at City is being arrogant. The reason the tabloids (and thus people like yourself) hate us and accuse us of hubris is down to one person, Sulaiman al Fahim. This was the chap our owners used to broker the deal to take over the club, and this copmplete plank spouted off until ADUG dissacociated themselves from him. You may remember the chap, as he later went on to take over Portsmouth. This idiot WAS an arrogant buffoon, and it is unfortunate that many people's opinions of our owners are based on his antics.. But I repeat, he was quickly shown the door, and our owners have always conducted their business in a quiet and understated manner. Please don't assume that we fans are arrogant either, we are just starting to wake up to the fact that we can start to hope after so many years with chuff all.
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07/05/2010 21:57:00

I like Man City fans and hope them all the best next season. Its Changing of the guard Spurs for Ar*enal and Man City for Man Utd its only a matter of time, success comes it cycles and this decade it will be hopefully a battle between Spurs and City for the title - a refreshing change :)
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08/05/2010 01:14:00

I disagree with you Liamyid over the arrogance part and point you to one bit where I think you got it from Garry Cook (self Confessed Villa Fan) Executive Chairman who only thinks that tact is in a dictionary. All the others are the same as they used to be. I think Spurs deserved the fourth place, we lost it and the better team on the night won.
Buzz Lightyear
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08/05/2010 07:00:00

Bondo, brilliant article and true.
Buzz Lightyear
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08/05/2010 07:01:00

I hate Noel Edmonds with a passion and Outnumbered is on Thursdays!
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08/05/2010 07:33:00

Right, very funny. Chelsea buy their way to the title and Citeh are commended for doing the same! Spurs fans, be consistene, please!
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08/05/2010 15:45:00

Let's be honest here, the football in the europa league if not better than the champions league is more open, quicker and there's less onus on defending when you're playing away from home. Fulham are the prime example of this, every away leg they played in they attacked, they might've lost a few but come the home leg they whupped the other team off the park. That would not happen in the champions league, the away team would either attack until they got a goal then defend for the rest of the match or if they were playing a team that they knew were far better than them they would defend for all of the match in the knowledge that they had the home leg next. We can be proud of getting into the europa league, we can surely go one step further than our jouney in our last uefa cup campaign and at least reach the semi's.
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