English Premiership

City can't buy success - Alonso

2014-11-25 14:59
Xabi Alonso (Supplied)
Xabi Alonso (Supplied)

Cape Town – Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso says that it is impossible for Manchester City to buy success.

According to the Daily Mirror, Alonso said City will have to do things “properly and normally in football" as they search to break their European hoodoo.

“Football is not about mathematics,” said Alonso.

“There is not a pre-determined formula, that when you are earning more you are winning more.

“You can try to buy success, but there are big surprises in football. And as well as that, you’ve got to do things properly and normally in football. If you do things properly, you will have success. What happened that year with Liverpool was a really a great surprise.

However Alonso does not shy away from saying that City are edging closer every year as he sees their improvement.

“It’s hard to tell from the outside. You expect that City will make an impact in Europe but so far they haven’t done it.

“But I’m pretty sure they’re not far away from being a big team in Europe, because season by season they are trying to improve.”

City has to win both of their final group stage matches in order to have a chance at qualifying for the knockout stages.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are set to face Bayern at the Ethihad Stadium which could prove beneficial as they search for that all important three points.

Kick-off is at 21:45.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

29 October 2016
Sunderland v Arsenal, Stadium of Light 13:30
Manchester United v Burnley, Old Trafford 16:00
Middlesbrough v Bournemouth, Riverside Stadium 16:00
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City, The Hawthorns 16:00
Watford v Hull City, Vicarage Road 16:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City, White Hart Lane 16:00
Crystal Palace v Liverpool, Selhurst Park 18:30
30 October 2016
Everton v West Ham United, Goodison Park 15:30
Southampton v Chelsea, St. Mary's Stadium 18:00
31 October 2016
Stoke City v Swansea City, Britannia Stadium 22:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2016/17 season?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.