The controversial sacking of Roberto Mancini meant the Manchester City board had to start scouring Europe for his successor straight away.
Manuel Pellegrini became an instant favourite with the many. Due to the fantastic job he’s done at Malaga over the past two and a half years, Pellegrini brought the speculation all on himself when he signalled his intent to leave at the end of the season.
But what went wrong for Manchester City?
Roberto Mancini may have won Manchester City their first league title in 44 years, but his follow up campaign ended in disappointment. One trophy from six on offer just wasn’t good enough for the wealthy owners at the Etihad, who have invested over £200 million on a team full of ‘world class’ players.
Not to mention losing the Premier League title to their bitter rivals without arguably even putting up a fight. The wealthy City owners did not hesitate to dismiss the Italian of his duties after reported deteriorated relationships with the staff and players at the club, not to mention the loss of the FA cup to Wigan Athletic.
Will Manuel Pellegrini improve Manchester City?
In the long term yes, short term not so sure. Unproven in the Premier League which suggests a gamble, managing a team of City’s calibre means instant success will be expected, so it will be a huge challenge for the Chilean if he is to make an instant impact.
On the other hand Pellegrini had a solid record with previous club Malaga in the Champions League and he did extremely well to get to the quarterfinals undefeated before being knocked out by eventual finalists Borussia Dortmund.
Known for his famous South American flair, that he adds to his teams, he tends to favour the 4-2-2-2 system.
This tactic brings the wingers inside to a playmaker role separating the system from the common 4-4-2. The playmakers will have to be drifting out wide to provide width for the team. This could suit City and see the likes of David Silva and Samir Nasri flourish in these roles.
He deserves time to implement his changes at the Etihad, which could lead to a much improved Manchester City outfit.
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