Exciting times ahead at Eastlands

It will be interesting to see what Roberto Mancini’s team will be when Manchester City take on Liverpool at Eastlands a week on Monday. If first impressions are anything to go on, then it could be a very long testing season for City’s faithful season ticket holders.

A central midfield trio of Yaya Toure, Nigel De Jong and Gareth Barry against Spurs today didn’t look the most attacking line up I’ve ever seen, and the performance backed that up.

After the massive summer spending spree it already looks like the platform on which Mancini will base his season on, will be a negative, defensive minded one.

I totally understand that good teams are built on a solid base, and that a good defence is a fundermental part of that. But as Rafa Benitez found out to his cost two seasons ago, you need to be more positive and show attacking intent to win the Premier League.

If Mancini thinks he can defend his way to the title in true Italian fashion, then I think he has got another thing coming.

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