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Is Roberto Mancini Bluffing?

Roberto Mancini Manager Manchester City 2010/11 Manchester City V Liverpool (3-0) 23/08/10 The Premier League Photo Robin Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom
Manchester City’s victory over Chelsea today could just be the turning point in their season. After a start which saw the Eastlands club drop vital points away at Sunderland and at home to Blackburn Rovers, the victory today could go a long way in to inspiring belief amongst the blue half of Manchester.

But the victory comes just 24 hours after City boss Roberto Mancini claimed that the Premier League would be easily won by Chelsea. A statement which would have surely set alarm bells ringing amongst City’s ever demanding fans.

After the victory today Mancini still insisted that he couldn’t see his side challenging for the title: “I still think they will win it easily because I think they are the best team in the Premier League. Sometimes you might get a result like today. But they are the better team.”

Now either Mancini is been strikingly honest about his own squad, or he is attempting to lower expectations amongst the clubs fans. I have to feel, and hope, that he is attempting the later, because if he isn’t you have to think that his expectations do not match the clubs owners.

Surely a title challenge was the minimum expectation for Mancini this season?  Anything less and surely the club will be underachieving after the vast amounts of money they spent in the summer? If Mancini’s ambitions for this season are not the same as the clubs hierarchies than unfortunately I cannot see him lasting long.

But as I said, I do think this is all part of a master bluff from the Italian, I feel that his plan was to get lull the Chelsea players in a false sense of security about their chances of success at Eastlands. If this was his plan, then fair play to him because it worked perfectly.

But it does you thinking, what is a successful season for Mancini?

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  1. premierleaguered

    September 26, 2010 at 2:51 am

    This is just a mind game played by Mancini ,to make Chelsea players overconfident n to take the media spotlight of his expensive squad.

  2. Malcolm Glazers yellow and green debt machine

    September 26, 2010 at 2:45 am

    Ever demanding fans? I think you have confused City with the Theatre of Obscene Debts glory hunting fair weather fans. As for the rag saddo, City may have spent a lot of money, something MoanUnited used to do with incredible regularity but then again they are not pissing the equivalent of 80 million in interest repayments (to achieve nothing other than service a debt) up against the Swamp wall.

    Mancini is right to be realistic and not assume that beating Liverpool and Chelsea is enough to be considered Premiership title contenders. Our time will come and he knows it. As others have said nice to win something this year but the priority is Champions League qualification. Anything more is media hype. The same media incidentally that doesnt know the difference bewteen David Villa and David Silva.

  3. Lyle

    September 26, 2010 at 12:04 am

    He was bluffing. It was some good psychology.

  4. Carolyn

    September 25, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    I completely agree with Mancini. Chelsea are still favorites to win the title. Man City have the players to compete but with so many new faces it will be difficult for them to win the title. It is hard to imagine either Chelsea or Man United losing too many points to allow another team to challenge for the title. A top 4 finish is what City’s aim is this season and to that end they have made a very good start. Should City get a Champions league spot for next season then I can see them challenging for the title in 2011-12. City will replace Liverpool as a member of the Big Four.

  5. MCFC Goonzman

    September 25, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    I think Mancini’s goal was very simple: stop blowing sunshine up his team’s a**. What does City do like clockwork, every season, all season long? They go out and win a game against a good opponent and think they can beat anyone. And everyone says they can beat anyone. Simply put, they gain “confidence”, that popular word footballers and analysts like to toss around like it’s going out of style.The following week they lose to smaller clubs, the likes of Fulham or West Brom (all credit to these teams on a successful start to the season).

    The truth is, yes, City defended very very well today. But don’t expect a clean sheet against Juventus. We attacked liked garbage today and were very fortunate to get a goal.

    Don’t get me wrong, I am not one of those insatiable City supporters who can find a hairline crack in a perfect egg a la Anthony Hopkins in Fracture. I love my team and will always support them win or lose. I do think we are far from perfect and still have a long way to go to be a “top team” like all of the pundits say we are.

    • Why?

      September 25, 2010 at 5:46 pm

      MCFC Goonzman,

      Just wondering why you think Juventus will be a harder game than Chelsea? They are not doing to well in there own division for a start and didn’t they get held to a 3-3 draw at HOME by Lech Poznan? I think City will win this game as Juve seem to be struggling and City have looked more than ok to me.

      I think you are also selling our defence short as I feel it to be one of the best in the league with Kompany amazing week after week even Kolo’s starting to pick up top form add to this De Jong clearing up in front of them and you have a heavy defence that won‘t concede that many, Boateng and Kolarov have not even started yet! (only through injury). Don’t be fooled by people talking about last year as it was the defence that Hughes set up that was a complete mess not Mancini’s which is tighter than a flea’s ass.

      Up front Mancini doesn’t have too many options hence playing Tevez alone. Balotelli and Ade have been injured leaving him with ‘walk slow Jo’ or ‘taxi for Santa Cruz’ as options and the minute he does use Santa Crock he’ll be out for a year and we will never get rid! We would better off playing my gran than any of these two. Ade is now back so there is a very good option.

  6. Bishopville Red

    September 25, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    A successful season for Mancini = a trophy and Champs League qualifying. This year, it doesn’t really matter which trophy but because of the expectations, a cup run that costs them league points will lose its lustre.

    • Dave Warner

      September 26, 2010 at 11:24 am

      I suspect most Man City fans will gladly endure a trophy-less season if it means finishing in the top four. That said, this team ought to be deep enough to challenge for the Europa League, too.

  7. Why?

    September 25, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    ‘Surely a title challenge was the minimum expectation for Mancini this season?’

    Here we go again. Last season’s minimum target was top six this was achieved, this season’s minimum target is top four nothing more nothing less. Not that this will stop the idiots saying that to win the league was City’s target as they did last year when they said top four was the target.

    • Bishopville Red

      September 25, 2010 at 4:04 pm

      Well, there is the issue of spending the economy of a medium sized nation on new players. That’s a LOT of money splashed out to jump one spot in the standings. After the League Cup mis-step vs. United, City need *some* silverware.

      • Why?

        September 25, 2010 at 5:03 pm

        Are you Sheikh Mansour maybe using a Pseudonym, if so why have you changed your targets for City? My guess though is your not, your just another sado hoping that City fail aren‘t you. Top four is the target however much money has been splashed out, however many nuggets say they have to win the league or a trophy it doesn’t change the requirements of the Manchester City board after all they have waited 34 years and been very patient about this I must say (wonder how many of your teams glory hunting fans would still be there after 34 years?).
        All Mancini can do is bring in the talent which by the way all looks very, very good to me then wait as they still need time to settle and gel, the players who don’t will be replaced by those that will and do when that time comes (it could be this season more likely next but who knows) you will have to make up some other tosh to have a go at them for and before you know it you will have become intolerably bitter and filled with hatred for City, so sit back and enjoy your experience on the ride. Toodle pip.

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