Mancini hasn't had a good season so far though, really. Apart from the champion's league failure and being behind in the title race, though in contention, City's transfers in the Summer are looking pretty appalling. De Jong was sold for 3 million, and Garcia bought for 18. Nastasic seems to have been a decent signing, but was hardly a bargain, which seems to defeat the object of putting faith in such a young player in a position that is generally perceived to require experience. Why buy Sinclair and Rodwell? I know money isn't much of an object, but neither of these are outstanding players. You'd expect to be able to find players of a similar quality for much less if you were to encourage some semblance of a scouting policy. Man Utd and Chelsea spent an awful lot too, but actually managed to improve their first team in the process.
Selections have been a bit odd too. I don't buy into the idea that Barry is a football player, and Lescott seemed to do quite well last season, at least well enough to play ahead of Kolo Toure.
Anyway, I remain convinced that Dembele and Bale playing in the same team, in front of a defence that includes the faces of Kaboul and Assou-Ekotto, will tear the title race wide open next year. Just replace Lennon in January, is all. Willian would certainly do.
Predictions not go so good