St. Mary's Stadium

Next Game

So'ton v Man City

Sunday, 30 November 2014, 13:30

Barclays Prem

Etihad Stadium

Last Game

Man City 3 - 2 Bay Munich

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 19:45

Champions League Group E

Mancini rues missed signings

Roberto Mancini thinks that changes behind the scenes at Manchester City contributed to a difficult transfer window for the club during the summer.

Last Updated: 08/12/12 at 12:12 Post Comment

Roberto Mancini: Wanted to add Robin Van Persie to his stellar cast of strikers

Roberto Mancini: Wanted to add Robin Van Persie to his stellar cast of strikers

The Premier League champions were keen to add Robin van Persie to their ranks, but the add Dutch international moved to Manchester United from Arsenal in August for £24million.

Mancini aired his frustrations over City's transfer policy, controlled at the time by Football Administrator Brian Marwood, as Van Persie opted for the red half of Manchester while the Blues did not add to their roster of strikers.

Ferran Soriano's appointment as City's new chief executive came late in the transfer window, while Marwood moved to oversee the club's new training ground and Academy facility when Txiki Begiristain was recruited as director of football in October.

"The transfer market is always difficult," says Mancini. "We were also in a difficult period. We changed the CEO, the man who was in charge in that moment. If you are not strong enough you can have some problems in the transfer market.

"For us the market was really difficult and our problem for now is to improve our strikers.

"Anything can happen in the transfer market. You can want to buy one player but it is difficult because the player then makes another decision. We can't change that.

"We have four strikers who scored a lot of goals last season and we just need to work."

Mancini is now calling on the four strikers who helped City win the Premier League last season to raise their game, starting with Sunday's Manchester derby, in their bid to retain their title.

Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli, Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez have scored 19 times between them in the league so far this season, with only Balotelli scoring in open play during their last three matches.

"It's always the case that you can have one striker in a difficult spell during the season," Mancini added.

"Usually, when you have four strikers, two or three of them are not scoring but one is. But at the moment we have four strikers who can't score.

"This can change maybe on Sunday and after that it will be OK. But we need to work more. Our season depends on our strikers. If we start to score like last year we will have a big chance."

Don't miss any live and exclusive football coverage this festive season. Click here to visit Sky Sports' Festive Calendar

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

sn'tthis strange. Last season we were worried that we were stuck with a Dinosaur in Moyes while Liverpool and Everton were disappearing into the distance with their young, spritely managerts, playing football from heaven. Progressive managers, they said. Managers who understand the modern game.........

HarryBoulton
Rodgers: The pressure's on

B

eing consistently and unrelentingly dog turd really takes it out of you. Try shadow boxing. That's what it's like watching Liverpool, punching thin air.

sinbadsdad
Neville: Reds need a rest

G

ood list, some crackers in there. For me, I'd have had Steve McManaman for Liverpool away at Celtic in the UEFA cup in 1997. I was in the ground that night and everyone kept screaming at him to make a pass, but he just kept going and going and going...brilliant, and in the dying minutes too.

uncle-muller
F365's Top Ten Counter-Attacking Goals

Footer 365

International football: England up seven places in latest FIFA rankings

England have jumped seven places to 13th in the latest FIFA rankings.

Champions League: Carlo Ancelotti backs Basle against Liverpool

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti expects Basle to avoid defeat against Liverpool and join them in the second round.

Champions League: Brendan Rodgers hails 'character' of Liverpool after draw at Ludogorets

Brendan Rodgers hailed the character of his Liverpool team after their 2-2 draw away to Ludogorets in the Champions League.

Mail Box

Makes Sense To Make Gerrard Liverpool Manager

That's the thoughts of one Mailboxer, who wants Jamie Carragher as defensive coach. Plus views on Arsenal, Malmo v Juventus, Alexis Sanchez & tremendous improvement...

Mails: Quit Massaging Mourinho's Ego

That's the message from the afternoon mailbox after it was claimed that the Chelsea boss has transformed Cesc Fabregas into a complete player. Plus, more on Arsenal...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property