The result at Stamford Bridge was disappointing but it was far from a humiliating defeat, yet whilst I browse the forums this morning this game seems to have been the straw that broke the camels back for many fans. I have seen some interesting comments on various forums this morning and I must say that I struggle to disagree with alot that has been said. The following post of mancityfanst.net I though was particularly thought provoking.

 

This is a quote from a poster named KinkyKinkladze

 

“I’ve seen us regress in playing style since Mancini came in, and for what, a similar points projection to what Hughes was taking us on. Mancini was meant to be somebody who could bring us on to the next level, take us somewhere we had always dreamed about. Yet here we are, struggling to put performances in against lesser teams and then bottling it every time we play one of the supposed big clubs. And the only difference I can see between us now and through our previous manager is that we’re ****ing horrible to watch now yet still stumble on flattering to deceive and with a stronger bed of players.

Somebody said it perfectly in another thread and it’s something that has been bugging me for the best part of a year, since the run in disappointment to last season – watching us is a chore now. I no longer wake up thinking “awesome, we’ve got a game today, can we catch up with those ahead of us”. Now I get anxious every time we have a game, now I spend more time worrying about what those below us are going to do. It reminds me of the days of hoping Coventry or Soton won’t win so we can stay above the relegation zone. Mancini has brought me a fear of losing that he has brought to the club as a whole.

I don’t see anything working for us. We’re tighter at the back and that is something I’ll give Mancini some credit for. But we’re fucking dross to watch now, yet with a group of players that logistically should be good enough to take on the best around.

You’ll all bite my head off for this. But I’ve never felt this depressed about watching City. Ever. Not even when Phil Neal was taking the piss.

I should be ecstatic about our day out at Wembley. But because of Mancini and the way he has us playing, I am fearful of what will happen. My gut instinct tells me we’ll turn up and do fuck all for 80 minutes and then lose to a sloppy goal or two. And only then will he decide to go for it. This should be the greatest day in my generation’s history (after 99), and instead the thought of that upcoming game fills me with nothing but trepidation and fear. I remember when supporting City was fun and no matter who we were up against, I knew we would always have a chance of doing something against the opposition. I don’t have the feeling now, and I haven’t since the moment Mancini stepped foot inside the club.

Excuse the badly written post, I’ve had a couple of sherbets to settle the anger so my thoughts are all over the place. But I really cannot take any more of this clown’s input. He’s destroying my club.”

 

 

To be fair KinkyKladze seems to raise some very good points, like for like this seasons points tally is no better than last years yet we have invested a considerable sum in playing staff over the last 12 months. In fact it could be argued that our best performers this year have been indeed players bought by Mark Hughes rather than by Mancini. I would say that the mainstay of our squad consists of Kompany, De Jong, Silva and Tevez however only one of those was signed by Mancini himself. The brand of football on show is indeed also not as palatable as under the previous manager, it seems that even though we have one of the most expensively assembled forward lines the Premiership has ever seen that we still seem happy to play with a 5 man midfield with one up top even when playing the likes of W.B.A. or Sunderland. What is more disappointing for me is that when we play the traditional top 4 teams that we seem happy to setup for a draw in the hope of nicking all 3 points by a counter attack but despite our inability to see this through minus a bit of luck at Arsenal Mancini still thinks that this is the best policy. I am convinced that had we gone for the jugular in the games we have played for a draw then we would have picked up more points than we have along the way, yes we might have taken a few heavy defeats but at least we would have tried. Lets look at the results Vs our 4 main rivals so far. :-

 

14 Aug 2010 – Spurs Vs City 0 – 0

25 Sep 2010 – City Vs Chelsea 1 – 0

24 Oct 2010 – City Vs Arsenal 0 – 3

10 Nov 2010- City Vs Man Utd 0 – 0

05 Jan 2011 – Arsenal Vs City 0 – 0

12 Feb 2011 – Man Utd Vs City 2 – 1

20 Mar 2011 – Chelsea Vs City 2 – 0

 

As can be seen so far we have only picked up 6 points out of a possible 21 against the sides we should be competing with. For me this is unacceptable if we believe that we have a realistic chance of challenging the top 4, would we really have lost any more points than we already have by trying to win? My opinion is that we wouldn’t in fact I believe that we would have gained more. Mancini could in my opinion be forgiven for playing dull football had we been picking up the points but we haven’t, therefore why put the fans through unpalatable football if we are not actually achieving what we set out to do? Only Mancini has the answer to that one.

Next is a quote from our very own Blue On Blue

 

“So Mancini went out for a draw AGAIN..
and we got done over, well that was a big surprise !

Were out of the Europa,
4th place is now looking more unlikely by the week
and were probably going to get embarrassed at Wembley..

Not looking too good is it, the biggest problem for me is if we don’t get 4th we wont be in Europe and that means we’d be less likely to get Mourinho, we need 4th more than we need anything at the moment.

As for Dzeko he’s a fantastic player, he just being badly managed like the rest of the players.
He can only deal with what he is provided with, problem is he is given the ball so seldom, he’s got to the point where he’s in shock when he actually gets it !
He’s literally having the confidence kicked out of him.

Sorry to point out the obvious but you don’t become the highest scorer in the Bundesliga because your a load of rubbish.
The Bundesliga is the closest league in Europe to the Prem, so i don’t buy the argument that their football is of lesser quality either.

Dreadfully disappointing.”

 

Again I believe a very good point has been raised about Mancini with his use of Edin Dzeko. Mancini doesn’t really have any excuses here as it was his signing yet thus far Mancini has failed to play Edin in his strongest position. Correct me if I am wrong but so far Edin has only ever played as a lone striker or has been pushed out wide whilst the team plays with no natural width. For me this goes against every natural strength Edin has, no he should not be playing with his back to goal and no he should not be being used for link up play. This guy has scored goal after goal in the German league through playing off wide support and being in the position to face the goal. City fans seem to be gettingĀ  a little inpatient with Edin yet I think that is a little unfair. If we played with two up front and some natural width on the midfield then I believe Edin would start scoring for fun, it is obvious the man would benefit from crossed balls into the box and he has a poachers instinct about him, he needs defenders on the back foot rather than trying to create space for others. For me Mancini has shown a complete lack of understanding of how Edin likes to play either that or he is too stubborn to change his system to suit his own players better.

We are now at a cross roads, we could finish in the top 4 walk away with Champions League qualification and potentially win the FA Cup; that would be a fantastic season. However on the other hand if we keep playing like we do we could end up slipping out of the top 4 and being knocked out by our neighbours; disaster. I just hope we can now turn a corner and come through with the former rather than the latter.

That’s all for today from a deflated blue, in the words of D:Ream – “Things can only get better” :-)

 

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