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Mancini Accuses Man City Players of Complacency; Singles Out Joe Hart For Criticism: The Nightly EPL

After Manchester City’s pitiful performance against Southampton, where the Saints walked over the current Premier League champions, manager Roberto Mancini accused his team of complacency and singled out goalkeeper Joe Hart for criticism.

“It’s not strange because he did two or three mistakes this year and this is not good for us,” he said. “Joe is a good keeper but a goalkeeper can’t do a mistake like this. Probably we think because we won last year we are top players, but to stay at the top you need to work like we did last year.”

After an incredible season last year where Hart was one of the key reasons why City won the title, the young England goalkeeper is going through a run of several bad performances. The timing couldn’t be worse for City who could effectively be out of the title race if neighbors Manchester United beat Everton tomorrow.

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  1. Charles

    February 10, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Has anyone ever noticed that according to Roberto, never, ever does Roberto Mancini have any responsibility for his team’s woes?

    Could it have possibly been the strategy, or perhaps the substitutions? Not on Planet Mancini.

    • Steve

      February 10, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      ummm last season against Arsenal when city lost he took the blame…

      • Why?

        February 10, 2013 at 5:58 pm

        He took the blame on himself famously last year to shield his players which is part of the reason they won the title.
        Don’t really know what charley is saying here, I think he’s trying to say that Barry giving the ball to the opposition to score and then putting it into his own net later with nobody near, or Hart letting the ball go straight threw him is some how a magically a tactical or strategic fault by Mancini!! Charley your defo not on this planet!

  2. Marc L

    February 10, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Mancini should single out most of the EPL instead for criticism over their collective failure to watch tapes of the UCL City v. Dortmund matches.

    That’s how the Saints played them yesterday. I can’t for the life of me figure out why the rest of the League hasn’t been putting that continental “gegenpressing” style into effect. Causes no end to problems for MCFC.

    Oh, and thanks a bunch Soton. Making me have to root for the filth today against Everton, who are now more the club to worry about for City this year in terms of final positioning.

  3. Scrumper

    February 10, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Man City were rubbish because Southampton pressed them right to their back line and City couldn’t get into their stride. The Barry error was symptomatic of the pressure they were under. Thrown off their game, two mistakes resulting in goals, halfway through the second half they simply gave up.

    You had the ridiculous spectacle of Cliche, who in his frustration to get something going, hared up and down the left side several times only to find he was yards ahead of his forwards.

    A good team who find themselves on the rack pull together and go back to basics in order to pull through. City didn’t exhibit this mental toughness and appeared shocked that Southampton had the audacity of binging the game to them. Title race is over.

    Southampton you were outstanding!

  4. Why?

    February 10, 2013 at 6:09 am

    This isn’t the only game City have looked poor in the made Liverpool look world beaters! And struggled against QPR before this they looked more like usual. I feel the sale of Ballotelli came at the wrong time they should have waited till the summer, this seems to have unsettled the changing room as he was very popular amongst the players contrary to what nuggets print. Add this to what ever Tevez is up to at the minute and it means trouble for city. this ‘personal reasons’ rubbish looks like him playing up again to me another tantrum about being dropped or genuine?

    The game yesterday had two horrendous errors unlikely to happen much, joe hart’s was the worst he knows a a pro to get your body behind the ball. Barry I think was a attempt at a pass back not knowing he had time on the ball no shouts? City were as poor as I have seen since Mark ‘great manager in my own head’ Hughes.
    But I know where City have come from they do not expect to win the league every year and games like this every team has. Mancini just has to be top 3 to keep his job.

    City’s problems this years stem from the sacking of Gary Cooke, say what you want about his foot in mouth disease he did his job well, something Marwood hasn’t he didn’t manage to negotiate a single first or second choice player now city are paying the price for buying average replacements for good players. Also In the last three transfer windows city have actually made a £5m+ profit where as both there closest rivals have spent big, Utd £70m this year alone, and Chelsea’s out lay being around £80m they have caught city up player wise all I can say at the minute is thank god for Benitez!
    I just hope Txiki can do the same next season

    • Dust

      February 10, 2013 at 7:12 am

      Mancini and Platt are unable to motivate and manage their players effectively anymore, up locally slating Joe Hart prolly doesn’t help in the locker room. You can look elsewhere but that is the reality. Poor integration of new players like Rodwell & Sinclair show there is something a miss there.

      The Rodwell situation makes no sense, is he Bryan Robson? NO, but he played well in the BPL at EFC and contributed greatly, now he rarely gets a sniff, something is broken in the man city system and Mancini or Platt haven’t been able to fix it to the detriment of the team and new acquisitions.

      • IanCransonsKnees

        February 10, 2013 at 7:33 am

        It just smacks of going down the same route as Chelsea. Neither Man City or Chelsea seem to be bringing any youngsters of note through despite all the money they have invested in this area. The pressure would likely be too much to bear. AVB at Spurs will overturn Man City this season I think, if they don’t they’ll only be 2-3 points behind.

        • Why?

          February 10, 2013 at 10:11 am

          @iancransonsknees , I disagree, for a start you do know that the most successful side in England since 2003 has been Chelsea right? Just checking. As surely that’s the idea to be the most successful as remember this is a game played for fans and they kinda like there team to be successful first of all!

          Surely you would need to let city’s big spending on a youth academy even get near up and running? Its true City don’t have any near 24 year olds in there youth academy like Cleverly at Utd but somthing tells me that players such as Rekik 17, Lopes 18 and Guidetti 20 will do just fine. The latter only not getting game because of injury etc. After all it isn’t long ago that most of City’s team were youth players that’s what happens if you can’t buy in. Look at Welbeck at Utd, they bought RVP and Hernadez gains form so welbeck is now basically relegated fourth choice, will he stay? He could move on to a club like Everton or Spurs and play every game but utd will want to keep him even though they have basically replaced him, sure they’ll keep him happy with a bit there or a bit here but will he want that bit part role? Its a big decision for him soon, the point being as soon as Utd could they bought but you seem to think City should be different as they can buy at any time.With Welbeck I can’t see the press hounding a Utd player out like they did with Johnson at city to leave, so he probably will stay even though now is the best time for a move, before he starts to fade into the background like Marcheda etc.

          I don’t think spurs will finish top 4 never mind Above city have you seen their run in? Top four will be 1, Utd 2, City, 3, Chelsea and 4, Arsenal or Everton. Spurs flatter to deceive near enough every year, they are all knickers and no fur coat!

      • Why?

        February 10, 2013 at 9:25 am

        Dust, you are what we call in England talking out of your arse!

        So The management at city can’t somehow ‘motivate ‘their players anymore because they’ve played a couple of bad games??
        Where does Mancini ‘slag’ Joe Hart? You should say ‘I read a headline that said something like that’ Mancini said exactly what any manager would if asked did hart make a mistake, he said yes or do you think he should have said ‘ no Hart was brilliant’ lol. he said he is a a ‘good goalkeeper’ but has made a couple of mistakes this season but please feel free to show this so called ‘slagging’.

        You really are clueless again regarding city are’t you? Poor integration of Rodwell and Sinclair? Rodwell has been injured and only just back in the squad, no doubt you in your wisdom would play him while injured! Your telling us he isn’t a Bryan Robson but the funny thing he is injured even more than Robbo! As for Sinclair he was a buy to cover Johnson and like Johnson there are better players ahead of the young Sinclair. just like there are ahead of Butner at Utd yet the propaganda monkeys are saying sinclair is wasting his career at City but Butner who was an ever present in Holland is some how learning his trade at Utd unlike Sinclair at the same age and cost! What a pile of crap! Lol.
        The very cheek of you as a so called Spurs follower a team that bought Bentley for near enough three times the amount of Sinclair at
        £17m in 2008 and just left him to waste his whole career, I mean talk about throwing stones in glass houses!! Lol

        Could AVB and his assistants no longer motivate their players any more when spurs got beat at home to Wigan then went on to lose the next two games? Something tells me you will afford him this as a blip!

        I don’t know why you bother whenever you give your opinion on City there is always a touch of bitterness about it, usually regarding crowds which is laughable cos we were getting more than your lot three divs down!

  5. kagawa23

    February 10, 2013 at 3:57 am

    Yeah if De gea did that the cavalry would come for his
    head. David gets bashed all the time yet i always here how carroll
    is a “great” player just his price tag was what screwed him. David
    has played in the ucl and won the europa league has more pedigree
    than that lump of shit carrol. I realise the biasfrom the british
    press when it comes to foreigners. Its a mistake if hart does it
    but when david does that means hes not good enough. Gnev is a
    legend but he shocked me with what he said about de gea yet he goes
    soft on hart. Xenophobia at its worst.

    • IanCransonsKnees

      February 10, 2013 at 7:31 am

      Yeah xenophobia of course. Stop being so bloody precious, taking your cue to be outraged at criticisim from Ferguson.

  6. Rob

    February 10, 2013 at 1:02 am

    He might want to question why at 3-1 down he puts an aging right back on for his play maker and leaves Tevez on the bench.

    • roberto

      February 10, 2013 at 2:22 am

      Perhaps because Tevez wasn’t on the bench you muppet.

      • Rob

        February 10, 2013 at 11:33 pm

        well maybe he should have been

  7. BA14

    February 9, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    I don’t think Mancini is big enough of a manager to call out his players and survive. Also the way he handled Tevez and Balotelli makes him look like a chump coach.

  8. Kartik Krishnaiyer

    February 9, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Perhaps if Mancini consistently started Milner ahead of Nasri we wouldn’t be chasing every game Nasri starts. As for Hart he’s made mistakes but with the exception of Begovic, I don’t know what keeper this year in England has been outstanding. Al-Habsi is very good but even he’s had some howlers this year. Lloris is very good but not enough data points in this league yet to truly judge.

    We’ve wasted three straight transfer windows, so it is no mystery we are now chasing and hoping to stay in the top 4. I’d say right now City is much more likely to finish 5th than 1st. Quite a fall for the Champions.

    • The Gaffer

      February 9, 2013 at 11:14 pm

      I don’t think they’ll finish fifth, but City look like they could fall from second, that’s for sure.

      Another match where Scott Sinclair doesn’t even get a minute. What a waste of money by Mancini.

      As for keepers who have been on good form this season, Begovic is the stand-out, but I would also offer Gerhard Tremmel. I didn’t like him last season, but this season he has been so good that I think Laudrup should play him instead of Vorm.

      The Gaffer

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