Khaldoon al-Mubarak is expecting Manchester City to throw off their nearly-men tag after sealing their first Premier League title.
City snatched victory from the jaws of defeat on Sunday afternoon with Sergio Aguero’s 94th minute goal securing a first league title for 44 years
And now with the Premier League monkey off their back City Chairman al-Mubarak is expecting the Blues to kick-on in the coming years.
Mr al-Mubarak told the club website yesterday: “Maybe some people imagined it was ‘typical City’. We are not typical City. We have destroyed that thought.”
“This is not a team that is going to lie down. Now we want to forget about 'typical City', he said. “This club wants to win more than anything and will fight for that until the last kick of the game.”
Mr al-Mubarak said how the last five minutes of Sunday’s game were indescribable and something we may never see the likes of again.
“It still hasn’t sunk in. It was such an emotional rollercoaster yesterday,” he said. “I’m so happy for the fans. I’m so happy for the people of Manchester.”
He confirmed that Premier League success was no more than the owners were expecting at the beginning of season.
“We came in with high confidence this year. We came in expecting to do very well in the league,” he said.
He also reserved special praise for manager Roberto Mancini.
“I think Roberto did a magnificent job,” he said. “He is a born winner.”
Mr al-Mubarak is keen to emphasise that this is only the beginning for City, both on and off the pitch.
“If we are not there already, soon we will be the most popular club in Asia and the Middle East,” he said. “We have a championship-winning team. We are not starting from the same point as in other pre-seasons.”
He added: “We have had to improve in a very dramatic manner. Now we have a nucleus. To improve further we have to harness that nucleus.”