It’s a huge weekend for…Roberto Mancini, football decency, Southampton and Nigel Pearson
Winning the Premier League is no mean feat, but Roberto Mancini won a lot of league titles at Inter Milan. He lost his job, however, because the club felt that he had taken them as far as possible.
No-one is saying that Mancini is in trouble yet, but his performances as manager in the Champions League have left a lot to be desired, and his tinkering with defence in the Bernabeu simply didn’t work. Back to the Premier League and City face their hardest test of the season so far, having dropped points in away games at Liverpool and Stoke.
So will Mancini opt for his 3-5-2 formation again, risking wrath if it fails to work? Or will he go for the simple 4-4-2, with Sergio Aguero back to partner Carlos Tevez? Option, options…
Liverpool take on Manchester United, one year after Suarez-gate and one week after a certain section of Manchester United fans disgraced themselves and their club with chants during the home victory over Wigan.
Sir Alex has rightly vilified such fans, and promised that his club will do all in their power to make sure Sunday’s game is dealt with decorum. It’s a sad state of affairs when you have to cross your fingers for grown men and women to behave in a decent manner, but that is the stage we have reached. But if Sudnay’s can pass with us commenting merely on great football and respect shown, perhaps we do have a shot at a brighter future.
After the club’s defeat to Manchester United, Southampton striker Rickie Lambert stated that with the run of hard games at the start of the season, the club’s season essentially began with a home game against Aston Villa.
Lambert ignored the home game against Wigan, which Southampton lost to a team expected to struggle this time out.
This comment preceded a 6-1 defeat to Arsenal, in which Southampton defended as if they were trying to take part in an ‘It’s a Knockout’ style contest to find the worst Premier League player.
It shows a slight disrespect to an Aston Villa side who looked impressive in their defeat of Swansea last weekend.
Losing to the top sides is expected, but if Southampton lose at home on Saturday, alarm bells will certainly begin to ring.
Pearson has been allowed to formulate the most expensive squad in the division. In the last thirteen months Leicester have signed seventeen players for fees around £17million. Pearson may have only been recruited in November 2011, but after leaving the club in the lurch, the manager owes the club success.
Leicester find themselves as slow starters in the league, despite a midweek win, and face Pearson’s former club Hull this weekend. The East Midlands outfit need improvements, or Pearson may be an early managerial casualty