adam johnson

In the nearly five months since his new contract, Mancini seems to have been trying very hard to destroy his own credibility, and City's chances of building on last season's triumph. A series of baffling transfer and team selection decisions have contributed to City's stuttering start to the Premier League, and now - after a 1-1 draw against Borussia Dortmund - being in danger of exiting the Champions League at the group stage for the second successive year.
Friday 24 August 2012. Remember the date, it could well be a defining one in the future of Sunderland AFC.
Watching Manchester City last season was a privilege. The passing and control, the fluidity of movement and the individual brilliance which secured the Premier League title were breathtaking to observe at times. And yet I want more.
I'm willing Hodgson's side to prove me wrong, and like Denmark and Greece before them confound all expectations and march to European glory; unfortunately however, this squad selection doesn't give me much hope.