Form is temporary, class is permanent
February 15, 2013 in Uncategorized
Perhaps now would be as good a time as any to evaluate Manchester City’s dramatic fall from grace. A grace period stretched over a measly two seasons. Yes in the 2010/2011 season Roberto Mancini brought the FA Cup to the somewhat dusty trophy cabinet of the Etihad Stadium. This achievement brought with it renewed hope of things to come and last season Man City clawed their way back into the Premier League title race and with virtually the last kick of the season won the 2011/2012 EPL. Slowly but surely Mancini found out the hard way that getting to the top is hard, staying at the top is near impossible.
So how exactly did Man City go from being the team to beat to being 12 points adrift and looking more like a team battling from game to game for a victory? Every great team that has enjoyed a vast period of domination would testify to the importance of continuity. Why did Mancini break up the impenetrable defence of Jeleon Lescott and Vincent Kompany? After failing to land Robin Van Persie, why did he not go for Zlatan Ibrahimovich or Edinson Cavani whom are both proven goal scorers? Knowing that Yaya Toure would leave in January why did he settle for Javi Garcia and Jack Rodwell as midfield signings? Clearly the likes of Felliani of Everton or Alex Witsel of Benfica would have been much better signings. Samir Nasri, Gareth Barry and James Milner would not even come close to being included in the Manchester United starting line up so why are they regular starters at a team aspiring to be the best in Europe? I still maintain that City’s problem is in the wide areas, there is no spark, no magic that the likes of Gareth Bale could have provided, because at the moment Manchester City is relying on Zabaleta and Clichy to provide the width thus leaving them vulnerable and exposed at defence.
Form as it always has been and always will be is temporary but class is permanent! Gradually we have seen Manchester United’s defence improve and now with only 12 games to go who would dare bet against the clinching the title. A massive 12 points separate Manchester United from Manchester City. There can be no doubt that Sir Alex Ferguson is the real special one and not Jose Mourinho, after all Sir Alex has faced many pretenders and all have failed in their quest to dethrone the best manager of all time.