Originally Posted by tullytra
Amazing match to watch. True regarding Clichy at the end. He really overthought it. The talk is all about why Tevez didn't start, and it's right to question Mancini starting Balotelli over him. I wonder if City will deal Balotelli during the winter transfer window.
As long as Mancini is in charge (and I'm not sure how much longer that will be with the apathy that seems to be awash over the squad, and the boardroom-our failure to secure any of our "real" transfer targets is why we are where we are now) Balotelli will remain. I don't question starting him today, he usually steps up in big games (vs Germany, Man u last season, and even setting up Aguero late against QPR).
The fact is we were linked with VP, and he is the solitary reason why Man U are where they are right now, 6 points ahead of us, and would have City with a striker who can score. In my mind you can never have too many strikers. We wanted Agger, and our centerback tandem that finished the last 70 minutes today were Kolo Toure (who wasn't even on our Euro roster and really would have been in Turkey had Richards not gotten injured) and Nastasic (a trade from the useless Savic who really impressed unexpectedly). We wanted DeRossi, who with Yaya going to Africa in January may still come our way, but we have a midfield with no competition for spots. Sinclair, Rodwell, Garcia and Milner (some through injury and some through lack of performance) leave Silva and Nasri without any real pressure on them for their spot.
Regardless of how it may seem, we have never payed like a team this year, and thats a result of the quick assembly of the squad last summer. In order to stay competitive, we needed to add these further big names, and will continue to have to do so to win, because the team assembled now just isn't gelling. Passing has been abhorrent all season.