It's not often you get to see a man physically age in front of your eyes. But on Sunday, on the final day of the Premier League season, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini appeared to do just that. He stepped on the pitch with his hair tidily parted and his trademark blue-and-white cashmere scarf neatly knotted around his neck. He left it wild-eyed and wild-haired, his scarf having long disappeared amidst the thronging celebration of one of the most remarkable finales in the history of English soccer.
Two dramatic goals in the space of 126 seconds deep into injury time gave City its first league title in 44 years, as the blue half of Manchester eclipsed its red counterparts, Manchester United, on goal differential with the teams tied on points. It was just the third time since World War II that two teams, let alone two rivals, finished level at the top of the Premier League standings.
"I feel maybe 90 years old right now," said Mancini, exhausted but elated. "It was incredible… I just don't know what to say. But, no, if I'm honest, five minutes from the end, I did not think we could win."