Where has it gone wrong for Manchester City?

by admin

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

After the weekends results it seems almost certain that the Premier League title is heading to Old Trafford to give United their 20th title. In Sunday’s earlier game, United defeated QPR 2-0 after being given a fortuitous penalty decision which saw QPR skipper Shaun Derry sent off. In the later kick-off at the Emirates, a late Mikel Arteta strike gave Arsenal the victory over Manchester City, who ended the game with 10-men after the headline grabbing Mario Balotelli saw red after escaping a red card for a shocking tackle on Alex Song in the tenth minute.

The results give the red devils an eight point lead at the top of the table with just 6 games remaining. With United’s immaculate form at the later stage of seasons, some bookmakers are already paying out for punters who have backed the red side of Manchester to land the title. Sir Alex Ferguson’s men could take the title this week if they were to win their next 2 games, with City losing their next 2.

After the painful defeat to Arsenal, City boss Roberto Mancini told BBC Sport that the title race is ‘not over’. Whether this is to keep his players motivated or his actual belief is unknown but he will be aware it is almost mission impossible to catch their rivals. Though it is unlikely United will wrap up the title this week, Ferguson and his men would surely rather win the title at the Etihad Stadium on the 30th April to gain revenge for the 6-1 mauling United received on their own turf earlier this season at the hands of City. But be sure Ferguson will be urging his men to finish the race as soon as possible.

There are number of factors that can be put down to City’s downfall, most notably their away form which has seen them drop far too many points. Last month they lost 1-0 away to Swansea and drew 1-1 against Stoke in their away PL matches. In away PL games this season, City scored 23 goals from their first 113 shots but have only managed to find the goal 5 times from their last 153 shots. This can be put down to City bottling it as well as United having the crucial experience at this part of the season and know what it takes as they have done it so often.

The form of the Mancini’s players has seemed to decline as the season has progressed whilst United’s players have improved. In the earlier stages, players such as David Silva, Samir Nasri and Edin Dzeko were in inspired form but have gone quiet at a crucial part in the campaign. This again can be put down to the experience of Ferguson’s men. In addition, the controversial Mario Balotelli has not helped matters, though his talent is clear to see, he needs to mature. The reckless sending off against Arsenal is an example, not his first red of the season, whilst he has also been present in training ground bust-ups at City. There were reports he was involved in a bust-up in the dressin room at the Emirates after Sunday’s defeat, though the club deny this.

Mancini stated in the post-match press conference that it is unlikely Balotelli will stay at the club. Argentinian striker Carlos Tevez could also be on his way after his strained relationship with Mancini but if City don’t get the right sum for the player then they may hang on to him as they have done. It seems that if Balotelli and Tevez were to move on, City could progress more and have more solidarity in their squad. Another question which remains to be answered is whether the owners will stick with Roberto Mancini as it looks like it’s going to be a trophyless season for the blue side of Manchester.

In recent weeks there has been quite a bit of sparring between United and City. City Chief Executive Patrick Vieira stated United were desperate to bring Paul Scholes out of retirement whilst Sir Alex Ferguson replied by saying City were being hypocritical after Mancini’s decision to play Carlos Tevez after earlier stating he would never select him to play for the club again. As ever it seems Sir Alex is going to have the last word as it is seems certain his men will be lifting the Premier League title for an astounding 13th time.

Ferguson looks set to take the Premier League title again. (Picture courtesy of blog.oddlife.com).


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  • Paul

    Yes for sure. Mancini is not only inconsistent with his tactics,he has also shown very poor man management skills. Given the quality in his team any other manager would have won the PL in style already.

  • jimbo

    too many ego’s, no enough depth in the squad.

    A manager who is too soft

    A manager who doesn’t know his best team

    Lazy half arsed players who think they are to big for the club.

    Oh how we laughed!!!!!

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Mystical Mike

    mario balotelli
    calos tevez
    kolo toure

    say no more

  • http://maqthegunner.wordpress.com MaQ The Gunner

    ManCity don’t have enough depth..?????? Please haha

  • http://www.backpackersfc.com Neil

    Brilliant that this is the most recent article about Manchester City on this site!

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