Monday, 13 September 2010

Blackburn reax

The point brought some relief, but City's start has been far from the impressive one their owners dreamt of. Only one win in their first four games means they are already seven points behind the leaders, Chelsea, and they are nowhere near the kind of ruthless, efficient unit that Mancini needs.
Daniel Taylor, The Guardian
City, in fairness, were not short in endeavour and energy and though it has not really clicked for them since that defeat of Liverpool, Roberto Mancini was entitled to think they could be a lot better off. They lost their previous game, at Sunderland, when Micah Richards gave away a clumsy stoppage-time penalty. In this match Joe Hart's mix-up with Kolo Touré presented Nikola Kalinic a goal wrapped in bow and ribbon.
Graham Chase, The Independent
Visiting teams packing the midfield is the immediate worry for Mancini, who hopes to have Emmanuel Adebayor, Nigel de Jong and Wayne Bridge back from injury for Thursday's Europa League game at Red Bull Salzburg, where David Silva is also expected to start. "Every team will play with this method and we must find a solution. For Blackburn this was a good situation," Mancini said.
Daniel Taylor, The Observer
The highs have been exhilarating for Joe Hart, the praise almost unremitting, featuring a player-of-the-month award, some glowing headlines, the promise of a treble-your-money contract and the confirmation of his place as England's first-choice No1 – but then football reminds you how the life of a goalkeeper can also throw up some excruciating lows.
Graham Chase, Sunday Telegraph
With just one goal in three hours against that opposition, Mancini, who finished the game with two holding midfielders, acknowledges that his team must be more incisive.

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