The first thing to do is congratulate Spurs. Over the course of the season they have been the better team and deserve their place in the Champions League. Moreover, in beating Chelsea, Arsenal and City at the end of the season, Spurs in my mind truly earned the place.
The Europa League will seem like a disappointment to many City fans, but I disagree. City are ill equipped to play in the Champions League as they are a collection of talent rather than a team. Player for player, I think City are more talented than Spurs but as I said in my reply to a Spurs fan earlier in the week, Spurs are a better team because they have been together longer. I think Wednesday night's result is confirmation of that.
I disagreed with many of the decisions of Mark Hughes but what I did like was the measured goals. Sixth this season as the side matures, a European campaign next year and a good opportunity to push for a Champions League place. Building steadily is the way to go and City have achieved everything that I hoped they would at the start of the season.
I believe that the owners and board were blinded by the failure of Liverpool and saw an opportunity when really it was a false dawn. Even if City had qualified, a quick exit would have been the probable result. Spurs are a very good team. In many ways under-rated and have only not been challenging for the Champions League in the past few seasons because of their poor starts. As I wrote in my pre season preview, Spurs would be a formidable challenge if Harry Redknapp got the start of the season right and he did.
Which brings us to Mancini. Will he stay or will he go? Is Mourinho even an option with Inter suddenly realizing he is a great coach and Real Madrid circling like a wounded buzzard... It will be very interesting to hear the comments that come out of City, both official and unattributed over the next couple of weeks.