My mate Danny phoned me up before the game between Manchester City and Cardiff City this evening. After exchanging pleasantries and talking about the potential for hitting the pub this evening we got to serious matters - football.
He had an ulterior motive, amongst my friends I have gained a reputation for being something of a good tipster, and he wanted betting tips.
And we both agreed on one thing, Manchester City would beat Cardiff City and comfortably.
Although we were both not 100%, mainly because of the central-defensive pairing on show for Manchester City.
With Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic out injured, Javi Garcia was drafted in.
But we should not have feared, I mean Joleon Lescott and Garcia were still bought by City for £22 million and £15.8 million - a combined total of £37.8 million.
Campbell is of course a former Manchester United trainee, so he would have had plenty of extra incentive to take it to City - and take it to them he did.
He ran the City defence ragged until being subbed for new signing Andreas Cornelius late in the second half - and was rewarded for his efforts with two goals, both after eluding the sloppy marking of Pablo Zabaleta at corner-kicks.
The most striking fact about Campbell’s performance is monetary. He was signed for just £650k by Cardiff in January - whereas the Manchester City backline today cost a whopping combined total of £51.8 million.
Therefore a defence that cost over £50 million more than Campbell, the undisputed man of the match and Manchester City menace this evening, simply could not handle his pace, determination and eventually, his ruthless finishing.
Overall the game taught us three things; don’t knock Cardiff at home this season, Manchester City’s defence needs sorting and money doesn’t buy you everything.
Oh and, don’t ask me for betting tips.
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