Manchester City are playing so well now that one 45-minute interval where they look human causes the British press to go even more dotty than normal.
"Manuel Pellegrini insisted that one bad half would not force him into the transfer market before Friday's deadline," bleated Sky Sports in the aftermath of City's come-from-behind 4-2 victory over Watford in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Right, because had City actually lost to Watford and bowed out of the FA Cup—avoiding another high stakes clash with Chelsea, as it turned out—that would have been an abject disaster. Only more transfer spending could have saved City then, after their first loss in two-and-a-half months.
Pellegrini has his priorities right, at least. "We'll see what happens, deadline day is 31 January—it's not our first concern but we'll see what happens in the future," City's boss told Sky Sports.
City are spoiled in that, with the transfer window about to close, they just do not need that much help. But that will not keep the tabloids from talking moves up. Those papers will not sell themselves, you know.
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