Mancini: Been There, Seen It, Scored It
David Platt sang the praises of Manchester City's young strikers last weekend. The Three Amigos have done a great job taking us this far, yet are carefully coached...
The Blues forwards are unique in the Premier League in that they are managed by a man who scored 169 goals at top flight and international level across a glittering 19 year playing career. Though many anti-City brigade hacks craved Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero and Mario Balotelli to be flops, they have each clearly benefitted from their manager's guidance. He knows where the onion bag is and then some...even skipper Vincent Kompany tried to replicate the dapper City gaffer's infamous Parma backheel against Blackburn last time out!
Mancio Sings The Blues: It's Wonderful
Roberto Mancini knows what makes a forward tick, let alone any squad player. His tough, no nonsense approach has inside 26 months of leadership realised a third placed league finish, Champions League football, a trophy and currently a four month residence at the top of the league.
Mancio has won great praise around SportCity for the way he takes no risks with injured players, refusing to bring anyone back early the way Mark 'Cortisone' Hughes repeatedly did. Small wonder then that City increasingly look the fitter side out there and go into the final 12 league games with a fully fit squad.
The Three Amigo's City Records To Date:
Edin Dzeko 25 years old
signed 7/1/11 from Wolfsburg
36 League and Cup starts, 18 as sub, 24 goals
Mario Balotelli 21 years old
signed 13/8/10 from Internazionale
34 League and Cup starts, 17 as sub, 23 goals
Sergio Aguero 23 years old
signed 27/7/11 from Atletico Madrid
29 League and Cup starts, 8 as sub, 21 goals
The trio who each scored in the classy 3-0 win over Blackburn have netted a combined 68 goals for City in 109 appearances with plenty more miles to go on their respective clocks.
Carlos Tevez, you've got a job on...
all times East Manchester
Sa 03 Mar 15:00 Bolton, The Etihad, PL
Th 08 Mar 18:00 S Lisbon, Estádio José Alvalade, ELR16
Sa 11 Mar 14:00 Swansea, Liberty Stadium, PL
Th 15 Mar 20:05 S Lisbon, The Etihad, ELR16
Mo 19 Mar 20:00 Chelsea, The Etihad, PL
Sa 24 Mar 17:30 Stoke, Britannia Stadium, PL
Sa 31 Mar 15:00 Sunderland, The Etihad, PL