Manchester City won the premier league trophy a couple weeks ago. They scored two injury time goals against a stubborn QPR to lift the 2011-12 premiership crown. This brought an interesting end to 1 of the very most fiercely contested league battles the premiership has ever witnessed.
Manchester City deserved the trophy mainly because their team played positive football. This is related to the vastly superior attacking threat offered at their disposal.
Some premiership sides like Swansea also played attacking football using the limited and decent resources they could afford. These players were either locally grown or acquired at inexpensive price points on the market.
Manchester City has invested a lot more than £900m in to the club since its purchase by the Abu Dhabi Group. And they have gone onto purchase some of the world's finest players at huge transfer fees. The money spent on acquiring these players does not reflect the incomes generated by the club but instead money lavishly splashed through the club's wealthy owners.
Their opponents like Swansea have played relatively good attacking and entertaining football in what is generated by the club. And also the success enjoyed by both clubs is what defines the concept Manchester City "bought their success" this season.
While Manchester City has quality players with sufficient cover in almost every position imaginable, the majority of their rivals live within their natural means and only spend the things they generate. This financial power has transformed City from the team scrapping for Europa to one that can win UEFA champions league. It is this unrivalled financial advantage which has enabled them to end their forty-four years of premier league search.
Credit ought to be given to them because they played some breathe-taking football at times. Assembling a dream squad is one thing but ensuring that they gel and interact together is a different pastime altogether. Roberto Mancini should therefore be lauded for accomplishing this great feat.
However, it's possible to only imagine what lengths Mancini might have taken this team if people had left the club to run like a normal business entity. When they were only allowed to purchase based on the revenues generated like the majority of football clubs in the premier league their superiority would be nearly non-existent.
As a result therefore, Manchester City fans are taunted for having "bought their success because of their richly assembled squad compared to their rivals in England and abroad.