Would the real Manchester City please stand up

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Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Manchester City – Hot or Cold?

Just as the wheels appeared to be coming off at Manchester City Mancini’s men produced one of the performances of the season at Craven Cottage against former manager Mark Hughes’ Fulham.

City ran out 4-1 winners in the Sunday afternoon game to end the weekend in fourth position in the Premier League. Before the game on Sunday Mancini was under great scrutiny from the media and supporters after his team had won just one of the five games in all competitions including two goalless draws at The City of Manchester Stadium.

The Italian is expected to bring success to Eastland’s having amassed one of the most expensive squads in European football. It has been reported that Mancini was struggling to keep the fringe players in his squad happy, players like Adam Johnson and Emanuel Adebayor, who had very little game time this season and for Johnson in particular will need to prove himself to impress Fabio Capello. Johnson has admitted that he may have to consider his options in the January transfer window having failed to cement a first team place.

In recent games City have failed to break down oppositions defences at home, even with the amount of fire power they have at their disposal, and critics were placing the blame directly on Mancini claiming that his team were predictable and lacked an alternative option. This has been far from true away from Eastlands where City have been free flowing and free scoring.

Mancini has dismissed suggestions that he is under pressure at City having suffered the same scrutiny when in charge in Italy at Internazionale where he won many major honours. Despite Mancini’s apparent calmness he must be concerned for his position having amounted a similar points total as his predecessor Mark Hughes at the same stage of the season. However, City’s performance against Fulham will have bought Mancini some time to build on.

Even after the convincing win at the weekend Mancini is only behind West Ham’s Avram Grant as the next Premier League manager favourite to get the sack. Whether or not the former Inter Milan boss stays for the remainder of the season depends on the owner’s willingness for Mancini to bring in new players in the January transfer window. The big question is does Sheikh Mansour trust Mancini to buy the right players to make City genuine title contenders come the end of the season?

City’s next game in the league is against Stoke City which throws up yet another difficult task for Mancini, can the Italian’s team deal with the power and directness of Tony Pulis’ side. There is no doubt that the Potters will be hard to break down but they now possess some flair players with the likes of Tuncay and Etherington.

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  • RealMancsAreBlue

    “the power and directness of Stoke ”

    I take it you don’t watch a lot of football, Stoke are the epitome of 10 men behind the ball cloggers. Awful team

  • http://thisisourcitymanchester.blogspot.com/ CiTyBlUe

    I second that, Stoke are Arctic Lorry parkers and 95% of their goals come from set play.

    Most boring club in the Premier League, their fans sometimes fall asleep.

  • Fifthcolumnblue

    Just hope Boateng is fit for this one – would love to see the look on Pulis and his neanderthals’ faces if Boateng outdid Delap with a long throw leading to a goal…

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