Daily Debate: Did Mancini build City?

With Manchester City dominating domestically, two TEAMtalk writers debate whether Roberto Mancini is the reason for their current success.

Last Updated: 23/01/14 at 10:31 Post Comment

Roberto Mancini: Believes he has built City's current team

Roberto Mancini: Believes he has built City's current team

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Was Roberto Mancini the architect of the current Manchester City team?

Following City's 9-0 aggregate demolition of West Ham in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday a host of managers have been vocal in their admiration of Manuel Pellegrini's side. However, former boss Roberto Mancini has been quoted as saying that "he built this team".

Is Mancini right in taking the credit for City's dominating performances this season? James Dixon and Ian Watson have their say...

YES - Ian Watson

The Italian took over from Mark Hughes almost halfway through the 2009-10 season with City in sixth place. The following season he guided City to third in the table and the FA Cup - their first trophy in 35 years. The season after brought the Premier League title in unforgettable circumstances.

Last season was less successful but Mancini still left one of the most talented sides the Premier League has seen. Manuel Pellegrini, with the addition of Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo, has made City a more entertaining side to watch, but not necessarily a better team.

Mancini laid the foundations for this City side, which means building from the back. As Mark Hughes will doubtless remind you, it was he who signed Vincent Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta, but Mancini made City tough to beat and gave the likes of David Silva and Sergio Aguero the platform to perform.

Pellegrini has inspired City to score more goals this season, but they have also conceded more than their two main title rivals. Neither Pellegrini's positivity nor Mancini's pragmatism is necessarily the right approach. The two managers are different, but that is often needed to keep things fresh.

Mancini's confrontational style reaped rewards for City but that style is always going to run its course quite quickly, especially with the delicate egos of many of today's big names. Pellegrini has brought an air of calmness to City, but Mancini installed fire in the bellies of his stars and made them winners.

Pellegrini has taken City to the knockout stages of the Champions League - a feat Mancini never managed. But the competition is different from the domestic game and requires a different approach. Experience gives you that, and Mancini simply paid for being the first manager to take City into battle against the likes of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. Pellegrini also had an easier group to negotiate this season compared to Mancini's two campaigns.

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NO - James Dixon

It's fair to acknowledge Mancini's achievements at City, but only for a moment.

I agree that under his stewardship the Blues made some excellent, and ultimately, trophy-winning transfers, but you can't say bringing in Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, Samir Nasri, David Silva and Yaya Toure could ever be described as shrewd acquisitions.

It's also only fair to point out that City were goal-scoring machines two years ago under Mancini, but the leap between that side and the current side is huge.

Pellegrini's men have already scored 106 goals so far this season in all competitions while under Mancini the side amassed 125 throughout the whole season in which they won the Premier League.

One clear indication of Pellegrini's supremacy over his predecessor is the way he has expertly combined the individual talents at the Etihad to create a fluent attacking force.

Under Mancini, City looked robotic and predictable, as though the collective of undeniable talent had their X-factor coached out of them.

Pellegrini's excellent work in the transfer window has seen him bring in Fernandinho, Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo, with the latter undoubtedly the signing of the season, having already notched up 23 goals for his new club. And its with these signings that 'The Engineer' has constructed one of the most lethal sides in world football.

His best work, however, has been undoing the restrictions Mancini imposed on City, allowing the talents of Samir Nasri, David Silva, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero to flourish in a set-up that suits them.

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