Re: UEFA Champions/Europa League 2012-13 Thread
Well after scraping the league on the last day, that 5 years extension wasn't all that smart.
These players won the league last season and they went to the Bernabeu and put in a courageous performance, so they obviously are good players and ability isn't the problem. Should they need to be motivated for these games? No. But if it's not going right, the manager has to find a way to change this. You're telling me that things have gone wrong for the majoirty of City's Champions League games and Mancini has not found a way to change this yet?
Against Dortmund, you got played off the park in the first half, you thought half time would have changed this, but no. The match continued as it was. Same thing with Napoli last year. These two teams have been in the Champions League as long as you. So experience isn't the issue. In fact, your manager has more CL experience then both of them put together. The issue is two teams were doing the business tactically and one team was not.
You have Gael Clichy looking stunned when asked to play centre back. You have four strikers on the pitch at the same time as if this is Football Manager. You have Micah Richards (wrongly) coming out and saying the team don't really understand 3-5-2. And you have Mancini saying it was his fault. It's a embarrassing. You're the Premier League champions, ffs.
It's never fully one side's fault. So yeah, the players are to be blamed too. But when you look at the history of Mancini's Champipns League record, it's not hard to find out what the big issue it.