As countless documentaries can attest, the natural world can be cruel and unforgiving.
The football world can be similarly harsh, and this week it is Manuel Pellegrini who is seemingly being followed by the dulcet tones of David Attenborough, as dire predictions of Manchester City’s failure to qualify for Europe abound.
After City’s Champions League exit and having lost 1-0 to Burnley on Saturday, the British media are speculating on Pellegrini’s sacking like a pack of hyenas circling a wounded gazelle.
But, on the savannah as on the football pitch, for every loser there is a winner; for every isolated zebra there is a satisfied lion. And this week’s apex predator is Kun Sombath, manager of Kun FC, who wins the lion’s share with $20 Cellcard phone credit.
Unlike Pellegrini, Sombath had one of this week’s dual Star Men, Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey as captain for a doubled 28 points. To Pellegrini’s further chagrin, Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick also shared the spoils for the same performance, also getting a goal and an assist.
Sombath also had a powerful strike force with Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud for 11 points and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku for 10. There was no winner of the Facebook competition as no one predicted the gameweek’s biggest scorer, so the Cellcard phone credit prize rolls over for another week.
It remains to be seen how much time Pellegrini will be allowed.