As Manchester City fans shuffled out of Eastlands, collectively bracing themselves for the torrent of schadenfreude about to smother them from the red half of Mancunia, The Smiths' 'Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now' played out from the stadium's PA system.
Had things gone differently for City, and they had beaten Tottenham and Aston Villa to fourth place, they could have been exiting to Morrissey singing 'panic on the streets of London, panic on the streets of Birmingham'. But, instead, it was Spurs fans who left with their hearts full after the North Londoners won 1-0 and claimed a Champions League place in the process.
The oil-rich fat cats were beaten to a place in the top four by the comparative paupers from N17, although they were still impoverished visitors who could muster £45 million of talent from the bench to help secure the result.
For this is no fairytale for Spurs. Sure, Harry Redknapp took over little more than 18 months ago with Spurs in the relegation mire, but just months before that they reached the latter stages of a European competition and beat Chelsea in a cup final.
Redknapp's post-match assertion that he set his team out to "'ave a go" was swiftly interrupted by his players, led by a half-naked David Bentley, drenching him with water. The antics may have had the air of a cup giant-killing, but this is a club that has been building up to a season like the one they are having now for years. You could even say that, following their collective Delhi Belly on the final day in 2006, they are four years behind schedule.
Any over-excitement on the part of Spurs fans, however, can be easily tempered by the words 'pre-season qualifying stage'. This is not quite yet the promised land, merely border control. Before they can get their hands on the £50m jackpot many believe they have already claimed, or book their tickets to the Bernabeu, Camp Nou or San Siro to fulfil a group stage fixture, they may first have to negotiate a trip to Celtic, Lyon or Werder Bremen - far less salubrious but eminently losable ties. Just ask Everton fans, who lost to Villarreal in 2005, the last time a non-top four side qualified, again at the expense of Liverpool.
Before all that, however, they have the chance to avoid such pre-season rigours by pipping Arsenal to third place, foisting that particular task on their neighbours in the process.
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So, what now for Man City and Roberto Mancini? The Italian coach has been under pressure since taking over from Hughes in December, himself sacked following a costly defeat to Spurs.
Under normal circumstances, perhaps a fifth-place finish isn't such a bad return for such a short stint at the helm, but he was employed specifically to improve upon mark Hughes's record and turn his expensively assembled group of talented mercenaries into a team capable of reaching the Champions League, enabling the club to see their bids for Kaka, Torres et al taken seriously rather than contemptuously dismissed out of hand.
Instead, City have a Europa League campaign to endure. Considering Fulham's achievements this year, do they really have any excuse if they don't go on and win that?
Mancini is perhaps the only person who expects he will stay in the job, and he said after the match: "Yes, I'm confident (of staying). I don't know but I think I stay here. Why not? I work here four or five months and I think when you build a house you don't start from the roof but the basement. We work very well but we are near the roof."
Despite these words, the fact that Mancini has not built or even bought a house in England since arriving at Eastlands illustrates just how close any man coming in to manage City is from the chop. It's highly likely Mancini will be checking out of his hotel, both figuratively and literally, very soon.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: "They tell me there was a game here before between Motherwell and Aberdeen that finished 6-5 and the goalkeepers were Jim Leighton and Andy Goram. So it's not uncommon here. But I can't recall anything like it. When I was coach of the Under-21s we were 4-1 down against Germany and won 5-4 in a quarter-final but I can't recall a game quite like this one." - Motherwell manager Craig Brown marvels at his side's comeback from 6-2 down to draw 6-6 against Hibernian.
FOREIGN VIEW: A stunning Diego Milito strike gave Internazionale a 1-0 win over Roma in a bad tempered Coppa Italia final at the Stadio Olimpico. The match will be remembered as a bad tempered affair which barely resembled a football match in the last five minutes, and saw Francesco Totti red carded for a mindless kick at Mario Balotelli.
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