The transfer window came to a close yesterday with some very interesting signings across Europe. Once again attention was centred on the EPL where a host of clubs were keen on bolstering their squads for the remainder of the season.
However, it was to be a bitter sweet day for league leaders Manchester City who despite capturing Roma midfielder David Pizarro on loan, suffered a 1-0 away defeat to Everton.
The Citizens went down to a Darron Gibson strike on the hour mark to surrender a 3 point lead over city rivals Manchester United who were 2-0 winners over Stoke City.
City’s loss throws the title race wide open as Tottenham who were also winners beating Wigan 3-1 have a realistic shot at the title. Speaking to BBC Sport after the match a stunned Roberto Mancini took responsibility for City’s loss.
“Probably it’s my fault because we didn’t prepare very well for this game,” Mancini said.
“I thought before the game it was going to be easier but it is never easy.”
“The players put everything on the pitch but I made some mistakes during the last three days preparing for this game,” he concluded.
That said, City were very active in the market with the acquisition of David Pizarro and the departure of Wayne Bridge to Sunderland. Pizzaro will once again be re-united with Mancini who was once his coach while he was at Inter.
It will be interesting to see how Pizzaro fairs on in City after a torrid year with Roma where his influence on the side has greatly decreased. Meanwhile, sticking with City, Defender Wayne Bridge has parted ways with the club after a long transfer battle that was marked with allegations and counter allegations over a contract and pay dispute.
Speaking to Sunderland’s official team website, a happy Bridge expressed his delight at finally being able to have left City.
“I’m delighted to make the move. I have met the manager and the lads and everyone seems great,” Bridge said:
“I’m just excited to start playing football and playing a few games. The club is on the up – the manager has come in and done very well.
“Hopefully I can help the club progress even more.”
Bridge, however, has been loaned until the end of the season but from his sentiments, it is highly unlikely that he will return to Manchester.
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