May 13 2012
Captain Vincent Kompany gloried in the fact "miracles do happen" to Manchester City after a quite phenomenal end to the Premier League season.
City looked to have blown their big chance when they threw away a first-half lead against 10-man QPR. But with their own game in stoppage time and Manchester United's players at Sunderland watching on TV knowing anything other than a Blues win would give them the title, City dredged up the most memorable finish in the 20-year history of the Premier League.
Edin Dzeko levelled before Sergio Aguero completed the most amazing comeback imaginable when he latched onto Mario Balotelli's pass and drilled home the goal that earned City their first league title since 1968. Kompany said: "This game was crazy. There are no words to explain what happened. I just remember them having two shots and it was bang, goal."
He added: "We had so many chances. It just had to happen for us. Miracles do happen in Manchester. This time it is on this side of the road."
Manager Roberto Mancini's focus was on a draw and hoping Sunderland would do them a favour at the Stadium of Light.
"It was a crazy finish to a crazy season," Mancini said. "I have never seen a final like this. In the history of the club, a final like this does not exist. I am very proud of my players though. They wanted to win this title until the last second of the last game."
QPR boss Mark Hughes demanded that the focus should be on his team's incredible efforts rather than Joey Barton's red card.
Barton is facing the potential of a nine-match ban for his quite ridiculous behaviour during the second half. Having already been red-carded once this season, Barton will automatically serve a four-match suspension for elbowing Carlos Tevez in the throat.
However, his reactions after that, including blatantly kneeing the eventual match-winner Aguero, seem certain to land the midfielder in further trouble.
"I understand there will be a lot of comment about Joey's behaviour," said Hughes. "I would rather concentrate on what we did. I haven't seen Joey and I haven't seen the incident but people were saying he had to go. It didn't cost us though."