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The House Roberto Built

Budding journalist Martyn Crompton sent Vital Manchester City the following:

Is it about time those outside of Manchester City start to give manager Roberto Mancini the credit he deserves for transforming the club? Yes you can argue that when he took over from Mark Hughes in December 2009 he inherited an already expensively built squad with players such as Carlos Tevez, Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure - all player signed by the previous manager.

In fact in Roberto's first game, it was one of them, Carlos Tevez who scored the second in what turned out to be a comfortable 2-0 victory at home to Stoke. With the first being scored by a certain Sven Goran Eriksson signing, Martin Petrov.

His second game was where Mancini showed what his teams are about, a 3-0 away victory against any opposition is a very good result and to do it with only your second game in charge of a team you have barely had time to get to know is very impressive.

The Wolves game in question was televised live on Sky Sports and at one point, the commentator said 'he has gone into a job where the tools are not exactly bad that he has inherited'. A true statement and a sign of this is that of the eleven starting players that day, six were involved in the recent victory at home to Wigan.

Mancini definitely inherited a very good set of players, but that's what they were, a set, not a team. The following January he added to the squad with two players at the opposite ends of their careers, so to speak. Adam Johnson, one of the future stars of England and possibly the world, and Patrick Vieira, a wiley old character, well known throughout the game. Two signings who came very close to helping Manchester City secure a Champions League place.

Fast forward six months and Mancini's first full season in charge approaches and the world's eyes are on Manchester City FC once again. How will the richest club in the world flex their financial muscle this time?

In came World Cup stars in the shape of Yaya Toure, Jerome Boateng and David Silva, the latter carrying a heavy piece of winners gold in his pocket. In game future stars, Mario Balotelli the temperamental Italian and Aleksandar Kolarov who himself has been compared to Roberto Carlos with the bullet shot his left foot produces. Not a bad comparison to be made.

How would all these players gel was the question - would they gel? Surely you can't buy so many new players and become a title challenging team straight away?

Roberto has proven them wrong in so many ways. A certain Jose Mourinho did things the same way; a strict tactical approach won Chelsea the title two years in a row. Roberto Mancini builds his team on the basis of 'don't concede' and you can win. And with attacking talent like Carlos Tevez, David Silva, Mario Balotelli, Adam Johnson, the recently added exciting young Bosnian Edin Dzeko lining up in front of the current England number one Joe Hart, a protective back four including my player of the season, Vincent Kompany and a tough tackling midfielder built from the Claude Makelele role Nigel De Jong, why shouldn't City fans chant Mancini's name every home game.

A top four finish was always the target this season and City are on course for this, with the possibility of ending the 35 year trophy hunt. This season has been the best for many a year and it is all down to one man. One man who has built a team, the man who comes from Italy to manage Man City and that one man, is Roberto Mancini.

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Writer: Martyn Crompton Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 8 2011

Time: 8:40AM

Your Comments

Great read. Agree100%. Forza Mancini!
bluedub
3rd in the league in March, FA Cup quarters and last 16 of the Europa League. Clearly not good enough, sack the manager now. LOL!
fifthcolumnblue
The club is on course to end the season within the top 4. The FA Cup and Europa League commitment are draining the players energy but its up to Bob to keep the players motivated and fit. He (Roberto) is doing ok but like everything in life there's always room for improvement.
Tudor
Anybody remember the last time we lost only 3 games in 28???
Johnny Baguette
No I can't JB
Tudor
Yes JB, but it was well before you were born. A trophy to put on the mantlepiece this season would shut a lot of people up and would make me feel proud as a City fan
Buzz Lightyear
The House that Sheik Mansour built. Mancini is the tenant.
Spooks
Mancini has done a good job, but I don't think many people are disputing that. There's no doubt he is getting the job done. What people seem to take issue with is the fact that, despite his unrivalled financial backing, he hasn't built a particularly exciting team. You play efficient football, but not champagne football.
Bainesy
Why have an issue with that Bainesy? Fans of other teams don't have to watch it if they choose not to. I do accept your point, in some of our games we need to up the tempo but watching players like Silva, Tevez and Balotelli is exciting in my eyes. We are still missing the chemistry that comes along through familiarity, this team given time will play more attacking football. Have you watched City in the FA Cup this year? 15 goals from 10 different players in 5 games. That's been exciting to watch.
Bluedub
We blow hot and cold in terms of "excitement" but as the team has developed we've seen more and more attacking performances. Mancini even went over the top by trying all three strikers (Tevez, Dzeko, Balotelli) together but it didn't work as it wasn't balanced. I think only United, Chelsea, and Arsenal have scored more goals than us this season in the league.
StuMCFC
 

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