Clever mind games or evidence that the Man City supremo is losing the plot.
AHEAD of the two sides’ clash today, Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has pretty much written off his team’s chances of beating Chelsea, both in this afternoon’s tie and the race for the Premier League trophy.
“I think that probably they will win the Premier League easy because it’s a strong team and they play together for many years and they have fantastic manager.”
The Italian is claiming something of a defending crisis at Eastlands.
Micah Richards: “Injured.” Joleon Lescott: “Not ready to play 90 minutes.” Wayne Bridge: “Injured.” Aleksandar Kolarov: “Injured.” Jerome Boateng: “Not ready to play 100 percent.”
This week, a former coach at City criticised Mancini’s training methods. Raymond Verheijen worked under Mark Hughes and was stiill involved during Mancini’s early days at the club. He has suggested the amount of injuries sustained by players may be down to the manager.
In a series of messages on Twitter today the Dutchman expressed his misgivings about Mancini subjecting players to “over-use damage” and drew a direct correlation with City’s injury problems going into the game against Chelsea on Saturday, when they will have up to seven established players missing.
On this side of the Irish Sea, many have also questioned his treatment of Shay Given, and indeed the wisdom of dropping a highly-rated experienced goalkeeper in place of a relative newcomer in Joe Hart.
Last season, both Carlos Tevez and Craig Bellamy also questioned some of Mancini’s training regimes.
First posted, Sept 2010