Tough love from the boss
- Mon 04 Mar 2013, 8:34AM
- Posted by @dclayton_MCFC
Most of this morning's headlines focus on the third part of Roberto Mancini's Friday Press conference.
You can watch the video for yourselves, but it's an interesting insight into how journalists work and what sells papers.
Most pick up on the manager's comments about airing his thoughts publicly when a member of his team hasn't perhaps done what he wanted him to with fairly predictacle headlines.
A few, analyse the message beneath the quotes a little less sensationally - one being the Manchester Evening News who have their own take on what Mancini is trying to convey.
Rob Dawson angles on the manager's efforts to get the very best out of his players:
City could still end this season with a Premier League and FA Cup double, and Mancini certainly hasn’t given up hope that it remains achievable despite the odds being stacked heavily against it
"But even if they end the season empty-handed, Mancini insists he will still see the value in the experience, having learnt more about his players during the low ebbs of this season rather than the highs of last year.
'When you win, like last year, it’s easy,' said Mancini. 'When you have a problem, you should resolve that problem. I love all of my players and I can do everything for my players but I want them to do everything for the club.'"
Meanwhile, Goal.com's Oliver Platt makes an interesting comment piece on the title race. Yes, the Blues are 15 points adrift ahead of tonight's game with Aston Villa, but Platt highlights past history and believes City are right to still believe.
"There is some history City can draw on for inspiration, but a comeback at this point would be near enough unprecedented in English football," notes Platt.
Perhaps the closest parallel was in the 1967-68 season, when these same two teams were separated by six points with 15 games to play in the era of two points for a win
"Even with the points adjustment considered, City have a bigger gap to make up in fewer games this season. But in that campaign 45 years ago, United were sidetracked by Matt Busby's glorious quest to claim the European Cup and their neighbours, led by Joe Mercer, made up the ground to land the league championship.
"A similar distraction will be needed to repeat the feat. It will be interesting to see how long Sir Alex Ferguson can continue to field the majority of his key players, as he did against Norwich on Saturday, ahead of midweek Champions League fixtures if United progress past Real Madrid to reach the quarter-finals on Tuesday night."
It seems the Madrid game could become one of City's most important matches of the season - and we're not even involved!