Summary of Last Weekend’s Football (06/11/11)

November 8, 2011 - by mosesbet · Filed Under Sports News Comments Off on Summary of Last Weekend’s Football (06/11/11) 

Manchester City retained their 5 point lead at the top of the table after narrowly beating Neil Warnock’s QPR team 3-2 at Loftus Road.

The 3-2 win made it 10 wins from 11 games for Roberto Mancini’s side, while Bosnian striker and former Wolfsburg player, Edin Dzeko scored his 12th goal of the season in just 24 appearances so far.

The win is very impressive for a City team that managed just 6 away victories in the Premier League last season.  The difference between Mancini’s team now and last season is that they have far more firepower and goal scoring players in the first team.

Both Nasri and Augero were brought in at the beginning of the season for a combined fee of £50 million.  So far they have scored a combined total of 11 goals in the Premier League and UEFA Champions League.  In addition to his, former Valencia striker and 25 year old Spanish International David Silva is gleaning the Premier League with his goals and assists, while Mario Balotelli is under tremendous form with 8 goals in his last 8 games.

Overall, it couldn’t be much better for Mancini’s side who are winning games both in the Champions League (2nd in their group), Premier League and the League Cup.  While the majority of football fans and pundits were sceptical of Mancini’s defensive tactics last season, his 6-1 reverse over Man Utd at Old Trafford has without a shadow of a doubt silenced any critics that he may have.

While the bookies still favour City to win the Premier League with odds of 8/11 at Bet365, I still think it will be Sir Alex Ferguson’s men who will be making it their record 20th domestic title at the end of the season.

I don’t underestimate Roberto Mancini as a Premier League manager.  He’s easily proven his ability at Inter by winning 3 consecutive Serie A titles in a row, however I still think he lacks the control and discipline over his squad as Sir Alex at Man Utd.

Sir Alex is constantly credited with disciplined yet attacking approach to the game.  Even 33 year old England captain Rio Ferdinand declared that he still “feared” Sir Alex in an interview that he gave to Sky Sports recently, while two-time Champions League winner and Real Madrid coach Jose Mourniho still refers to him as “the boss”.

The point that I’m making is that Sir Alex has far more control and experience over his squad to get them through tough times ahead, while Mancini will probably struggle as soon as his team lose a game or two.  Big name players such as Silva, Balotelli, and Toure (all earning between £100-£200 per week) will be much more difficult to manage and could easily cause problems in the squad.  We’ve already seen the likes of Tevez and Balotelli turning on their manager and causing an upset in the dressing room.

It is far too early to predict the title winners in November.  In the 2010/11 season, Man Utd managed to turn a 10 point deficit into a 9 point lead as late as Spring so it’s impossible to draw conclusion before Christmas.

Overall, I just feel as though Utd have a better team than City (even if they don’t have as many star individuals) and City will have to deal with a huge amount of pressure if they are to become only the 3rd different team to win the Premier League in the last 6 years.