As an out of form Manchester City sift through the shattered remnants of another season’s Champions League dreams, having the flaws that led to their undoing revealed in print merely compounds the agony.
Yet that’s exactly what CSKA Moscow midfielder Pontus Wernbloom, fond of giving Goliath a boot in the belly on his way over, has done, and in good time for Queens Park Rangers to assimilate it into their gameplan ahead of their teatime tussle with the Sky Blues at Loftus Road this weekend.
QPR are 5/1 to inflict a fourth defeat in five games on the hapless Citizens, with the draw 18/5 and the reigning champions 1/2 to stem the flow of misery courtesy of three of the finest.
Unfortunately for Manuel Pellegrini Wernbloom, somewhat uncharitably given his good fortune to avoid getting sent off when the referee mistakenly awarded a teammate his second yellow card on Wednesday, has provided the Super Hoops with a detailed dossier on how to destroy their foes.
The Swede told UEFA.com:
“We know that they were going to come against us with big numbers and we know that they are vulnerable in the counterattacks,
“We know this. We’ve played them four times now in two years and we know they’re going to give us space, because, like I said before, they come forward in big numbers against us – almost eight men who are staying with two central defenders.
“We know that (Seydou) Doumbia is faster than them and if we just get out the press and get the first pass away from them, when they press us, we know we can counter them out and we managed to do that especially in the first half.”
Wernbloom mentions his Ivorian teammate, but the likes of Stoke’s Mame Biram Diouf have profited in similar fashion already this term.
The message for Harry Redknapp is clear, pace on the break is what is required, making Chilean hitman Eduardo Vargas the man who must start.
He’s 13/5 to net his second QPR goal in four games against City.