03/02/13 – Manchester City vs Liverpool (Premier League)

Man City vs LiverpoolWhen the reverse of this fixture was played back in August, Manchester City were adopting a 3-5-2 system led by Mario Balotelli, and Fabio Borini and Andy Carroll constituted Liverpool’s only back up to Luis Suarez. Two uncertain sides drew 2-2 that day, although Liverpool began to show glimpses of what they might achieve once the squad had adapted to new manager Brendan Rodgers’ tactics. Roberto Mancini has since seemingly abandoned his 3-5-2 experiment, and the current City side should offer a far more imposing challenge… (Read more)

31/01/13 – Are Manchester City planning on a 4-3-3?

Roberto MancinIn the wake of Mario Balotelli’s departure from Manchester City, it was reported that part of the reason was a plan to move to a 4-3-3 formation next season. Nobody doubts that Balotelli was mainly sold for disciplinary problems, but it still leaves an intriguing concept. Firstly, the move is likely to have been influenced once again by City’s poor European performance. Secondly, manager Roberto Mancini has never favoured wingers or wide forwards, opting for a 4-3-1-2 ‘diamond’ formation at Inter Milan and preferring a narrow 4-4-2/4-2-2-2 system at Manchester City… (Read more)

17/08/12 – Manchester City 12/13 Season Preview

Manchester CityThere seems to be an even divide between those who believe your first title is the hardest and those who think holding onto it is tougher. Whatever your opinion of that is, Manchester City are only the fifth club to win the Premier League in twenty seasons, but in that time only two clubs have retained it. It is this statistic, coupled with a sense of mischievous humility, that guides Roberto Mancini’s prediction of Manchester United as title favourites. It is also the likely cause of Mancini’s disappointment that City have failed to improve their squad in the close season… (Read more)