Thanks to the valiant efforts of citizen journalist @ShaneOhhh_ we now know that Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini took the tube to last night’s 2-2 draw between Arsenal and Liverpool. (We’re not sure why we’re writing about this either, but there’s a Daily Mail article on it, so it must be real news, right?)
Disappointingly Mancini didn’t pull a Hodgson and declare that Wayne Bridge will never play for Man City again. Clearly, he had even weightier things on his mind.
The likely cause of Roberto’s uncharacteristically glum expression is the news that Mario Balotelli – with whom he shared a tender embrace earlier this month – is leaving him (sorry, Manchester City) for AC Milan.
Mancini said of Mario’s departure: “We talked. The club asked me what’s best for me. I spoke with Mario and I think he wanted this. After three years in England, to go back to Italy will be good for him. We love Mario and he deserves to have this chance. For me, Mario was like another one of my children. I gave him his start in Serie A with me at 17 [with Internazionale]. You can be upset with him sometimes but afterwards he’s a lovely lad.”
So ends the greatest love story the Premier League has ever seen. Chin up, Roberto. If we know anything about our beloved underground it’s that there’s nothing like a solitary ride on the ever-constant Piccadilly line to ease your sorrows.