Plenty of people keep talking about Chelsea lacking a prolific striker this season. Chelsea's main problem this season has been the killer pass and last night in Istanbul it cost us victory.
Let's be honest here before people talk about Mancini's tactical change and Galatasaray's second half performance, this game should have been dead and buried with Chelsea almost certain to qualify for the next round!
Dopo la bella e "pesante" (ai fini del discorso qualificazione, ndr) vittoria della Juventus, contro il Chelsea, è arrivato il successo a casa Anderlecht del Milan di Allegri che si qualifica agli ottavi di Champions League e si prepara al meglio per la supersfida di Serie A con i bianconeri. Rossoneri avamti come seconda forzaContinua a leggere …
Some Anglocentric lessons Learned from another bad week for English clubs in the Champions League 1. The European stock of Premier League clubs is falling faster than the BBC's. Nearly. After something of a purple patch for English clubs in Europe which saw two winners, six final appearances and numerous semi-final outings for THE BEST [.
Robert Mancini in Istanbul with Galatasaray officer Lutfu Aribogan (Photo : Galatasaray SK website )
Finally, Roberto Mancini after talking to Galatasaray officials, since yesterday, will sign three year deal with Galatasaray! Most likely, former Galatasaray player who is well known in the European football , Tugay Kerimoglu will be Mancini's assistant .
Mario Balotelli was involved in yet another training ground scuffle, this time with manager Roberto Mancini. According to the Manchester Evening News, Mancini was upset by Balotelli's bad challenge on teammate Scott Sinclair and scolded him for it. When Balotelli dismissed his criticism, a enraged Mancini "ran at him" and tried to throw him to the ground, but failed.
Every other manager in the Premier League would envy Roberto Mancini's selection dilemma ahead of the Manchester derby: he must select two from Edin Dzeko, Mario Balotelli, Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero. That's over £100m worth of talent.
Crucially, each player offers something different, meaning Mancini can alter the balance of the side subtly.
Annoyed by meddling journalists and their questions about poor performances in the Champions League job prospects at Monaco, Man City manager Roberto Mancini sent first-team coach David Platt to do his press conference duties before and after last weekend's match against Spurs. This week, Mancini actually did show up for his date with the press ahead of Saturday's game against Aston Villa, but he first appeared behind a terrifyingly delightful David Platt mask.
Arsene Wenger has had a fair bit to say recently about the short term thinking displayed by a lot of football clubs these days, while trying to end the speculation about his own future as the Arsenal manager. We know that the Frenchman is a man of principles and will stick to them, although the Arsenal fans wish he would be a bit more flexible sometimes.
Arsenal could possibly make the most of the uncertainty and confusion at Manchester City to beat the oil rich club to one of the transfer targets we have in common. The Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanich has been linked Tottenham as well, but if the Gunners can continue the fantastic recent run and grab six points off Wigan and Newcastle, we will have the lure of Champions League football and will be a much more attractive proposition to potential signings.
Arsene Wenger will be the longest serving manager in the Premier League next season, assuming that the Arsenal board and owner do not surprise everyone by sacking him. Alex Ferguson has been at Manchester United for over 26 years, while the man who will replace him at Old Trafford next season, David Moyes, is currently the third longest serving manager with over ten years at Everton.
Mikel Arteta was sitting next to his boss when Arsene Wenger reacted angrily to questions from reporters in the press conference before Arsenal took on Bayern Munich last week. It is safe to say that the media have milked that outburst for all it is worth, and their main line of questioning to Wenger or any of the Arsenal players now seems to be, whose fault is the current situation.
The Man City manager Roberto Mancini has had a very indepth interview in the Guardian ahead of this weekends massive game against Chelsea, and he has been very forthright and honest. In fact he quite clearly has criticized some of his players.
One of those was our very good friend Samir Nasri, who forced Arsenal to sell him to Manchester City a couple of years ago.
There have been some crazy Arsenal rumours this year, but there are few that have made me laugh as much as this one. It is being reported that the little French traitor Samir Nasri would love to come back and play for his "second father" Arsene Wenger, after having a very underwhelming effect since joining Manchester City and falling out with Roberto Mancini.
01. José Mourinho (Portugal) Real Madrid (España) 15,3 02. Carlo Ancelotti (Italia) PSG (Francia) 13,5 03. Marcelo Lippi (Italia) Guangzhou Evergrande (China) 10 04. Alex Ferguson (Escocia) Manchester United (Inglaterra) 9,4 05. Arsène Wenger (Francia) Arsenal (Inglaterra) 9,3 06.
In the end, the inevitable has happened and Roberto Mancini has been woefully terminated as coach of Manchester City. Unfortunately, for the 48-year-old Italian, the writing was already on the wall and his high-profile player bust-ups (Samir Nasri, Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez) was probably the straw that broke the camel's back.
Another manager in Manchester has left his post, but Monday evening's announcement that Roberto Mancini has been relieved of his duties won't be nearly as awe-inspiring as Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement. Despite having won the Premier League last season and battling to what should be a second-place finish this year, Roberto Mancini has been sacked after three-and-a-half years in charge.
Just 12 months after guiding Manchester City to their first Premier League title in 44 years, Roberto Mancini's was sacked late Monday night in England.
The club released a statement on their website at 10:22pm local time which said that they have relieved Mancini of his duties because he did not achieve any of their goals that were set at the start of the season, with the exception of qualification for next year's Champions League.
Roberto Mancini has had a fantastic run at Manchester City, which isn't surprising because Roberto Mancini is an accomplished manager. Four league titles in just under a decade of management at the top of European football will attest to that. But as of late, things have become fractious at the Etihad Stadium.
Roberto Mancini brushed off fresh speculation over his future at Manchester City this morning amid reports that Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini has been lined up to take his job.
‘F****** hell!' exclaimed a smiling Mancini in mock exasperation to further questions over the issue.
Stories in Pellegrini's native Chile suggested the former Real Madrid boss will take over at the Etihad Stadium in the summer, but Mancini said he is tired of talking about his position and sees no reason he should be sacked.
The Telegraph is reporting that AS Roma are prepared to offer Roberto Mancini a path away from Manchester City this summer with a £4.5 million-a-year contract to bring the Italian back to Serie A this summer.
There has been growing speculation that Mancini will be fired this season, even if City finish second in the Premier League and win the FA Cup.
Twelve points behind Manchester United in the table and knocked out of the Champions League in the group stage for the second straight season, Man City boss Roberto Mancini has declared himself the best manager in England over the last 15 months.
From the BBC:
"In the last 15 months I am the best manager in England," said Mancini.
The former Arsenal midfielder, and close friend of Arsene Wenger, Patrick Vieira, could be in line for a big promotion, if the Manchester City players have any influence at all on club policy. It is looking increasingly likely that Roberto Mancini will not be in charge at the Etihad stadium next summer, after an abject display against Southampton, followed by United's win over Everton, left them 12 points off the lead.
I know that Arsenal will be looking for a new striker or two at the end of the season, and I know that Christian Benteke has done really well for Aston Villa in his first season in the Premier league. I don't think that means he would do well for Arsenal or that Arsene Wenger will even try to sign him, but the media certainly seem to think so.
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is not a fan of the Uefa's Financial Fair Play Rules or the Premier League recent rules to curb spending. Mancini thinks that team owners should be able to spend whatever they want, whenever they want.
"If I am a rich man I want to spend all my money for my team; it's my job.
No matter what, they always returned to one another. The quarrels, the disbelief, the losses in composure never once compromised this enduring relationship, ruined it beyond repair. Roberto Mancini, the coach of Manchester City, couldn't stop loving Mario Balotelli.
Roberto Mancini might want to invest some of his club's money into migraine medicine, after Vincent Kompany's red card in Manchester City's 2-0 win over Arsenal on Sunday earned the defender a three-match ban, according to reports.
The Belgian international joins the likes of regular first-team players Sergio Aguero, Micah Richards, Samir Nasri, and the brothers Toure that are unavailable to play for the Citizens.
Esta semana mucho se hablo de que los días para el italiano Mario Balotelli estaban contados, que la relación con su entrenador no era la mejor. Para reafirmar esos rumores se suscito un problema entre Balotelli y Roberto Mancini en un entrenamiento, en el cual casi llegan a los golpes, (aquí lo puedes ver).
In the aftermath of yet another embarrassing off-the-field moment involving Mario Balotelli, manager Roberto Mancini, directly involved in the incident, has backed the young striker to stay in the Manchester City squad.
Pictures surfaced yesterday afternoon of an altercation between Mancini and Balotelli during the morning training.
El italiano Mario Balotelli es conocido por muchas cosas, pero no precisamente por tener auto control y respeto a las autoridades, esta noticia vuelve a confirmar sus desplantes. Al parecer todo se origino de una jugada con el césped mojado, contra uno de sus compañeros, fue cuando Mancini entro a la escena y forcejeo con su jugador, 10 minutos después Balotelli salió disparado en su auto de lujo camuflajeado.
Balotelli and Mancini get physical on training ground - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester City training took a turn for the worse for Mario Balotelli and Roberto Mancini as they were involved in a bust-up at the Carrington training ground while the squad prepared for the FA Cup match against Watford.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is 71 years old, and in his 26th year in charge, but he isn't quite ready to give up his job just yet, even as rumors of potential successors make the rounds.
"I'm hoping to stay on for a bit of time," Ferguson told the Abu Dhabi Sports Channel.
Reports today suggest that Roberto Mancini will start the bidding in January with a £15 million offer for The Arsenal transfer target, Wilfried Zaha. If this is true, then we will have to wait and see whether Arsene Wenger will be given the money to compete with Manchester City, and whether Crystal Palace will stick to their word and rebuff any offers.
Tram buddies Joe and Vincent share a 'Brief Encounter' moment at the Campus stop
Oh, the razzmatazz life of the Premier League footballer. Following in Charlie "Face of Cheque Centre" Adam's glamorous wake, Man City quartet Roberto Mancini, Vincent Kompany, Joe Hart and James Milner have agreed a glitzy deal to become the official voices ofMetrolink's east Manchester tram line.