Praise for the Mancini Method
- Fri 11 May 2012, 9:19AM
- Posted by Tim Oscroft
Roberto Mancini's recent assertions that the title race was over have done the trick according to Yaya Toure.
While the press seemed baffled and unable to grasp the concept of irony, the message clearly got through to dressing room to the effect that City are within striking distance of landing the ultimate prize.
Yaya's round of TV interviews have been seized upon all over the web, with FIFA.com one of the many - "Yaya Toure has revealed that Roberto Mancini's claims last month that Manchester City had no chance of winning the Premier League were indeed mind games - in the dressing room the City boss made a stirring speech telling the players that they would still emerge triumphant.
"Toure, scorer of the two vital goals at Newcastle at the weekend, told CNN: "We always believe in ourselves because we've got quality players, fantastic players. I think the key was when Mancini started making a speech in the dressing room.
"He said, 'guys we don't have to give up, you know, because the Premier League is like that and maybe United can drop some points and we can come back. We have to believe to the end because we're in the most competitive competition in the world and most importantly we have to keep going, keep winning and maybe we'll be close to them'."
The Daily Mail's lengthy assessment of the Mancini Method is also worth a look, but looking to Sunday a popular old boy is hoping for the best of both worlds.
Nedum Onuoha gives a typically thoughtful view of the possible outcomes on TalkSport's site - "The Etihad Stadium could be the best place in the world this weekend if they win and we stay up, but unfortunately that is only one of many scenarios.
"But if it happens then there will be hugs for the QPR players and fans first, and then I will give City the credit they deserve."
Pick of the transfer talk is the Star reckoning that a swap of Emmanuel Adebayor for Napoli's Edison Cavani is on the cards.
"Napoli are holding out for a straight cash deal but Mancini would prefer to offer the Italians £30m plus Adebayor."