Following yesterday's Part one here's the follow up of the final thoughts from last season. My old Gran, bless her soul, used to use the phrase "your eyes are bigger than your stomach." I think a similar sentiment could be applied to City when the club thought 4th was in the offing. 6th the Chairman said and I thought 5th with players still learning to play as a team was a commendable job. The utter destruction of eventual champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge shows just how good this team can be. However you are a team when you add no more than a couple of players in a summer transfer window. Until then it's a collection of talented individuals. Onward with part two of my end of season thoughts.
6. Alex Ferguson may well have had his best managerial season last year. Yeah I know, kills me to say and praise Old Purple Nose, but look at it objectively. United lose Ronaldo who was clearly the best player in the world regardless of his antics and Tevez, while Hargreaves fails to make it back and United remain in the hunt until the very end of the season. If you matched up individual for individual I'd take more City, or Spurs players for that matter over United players (6-5 in each case) yet United played better over the course of the year. Lesson in continuity there for those who bother to look.
7. An England team with David Beckham remains infinitely more interesting than one without. I know Beckham has his detractors however I'm not one of them. For all his off the field interests has their ever been a hint that he didn't give 100% on the field at all times? And Beckham remains the only English player with any kind of dead ball competency. Moreover his passing is still of the highest quality and it was no surprise that Capello tried to recruit Paul Scholes at the last minute for the England squad. England needs a player who can make a 60-yard pass on occasion.
8. Roberto Mancini is a very good manager; Mark Hughes is merely good. I've nothing personal against Hughes and in fact thought he would be a great fit for Fulham. Mancini on the other hand shows a tactical acumen that leads me to believe that City will break their Silverware drought this season. I think the League will be very interesting and will discuss more in my pre season over view. The signing of Silva, Boateng and Small Berries is going to allow Mancini to play his Diamond formation and if the rumoured acquisition of Lazio full back Kolarov goes through then both full backs will be able to support the midfield. The first 30 minutes against Bolton this season was by far the most interesting tactically and showed how good City can be.
9. Spurs are not going anywhere and have a great team. Team is the critical word in this case and Redknapp has molded this group together very well. I happen to think that it would be a mistake for 'Arry to get rid of any of his four strikers but we'll see what the transfer deadline brings. There was a time when I hoped Mark Hughes would try and snap up Gareth Bale but I doubt Spurs would let him go for any amount of money these days.
10. Robinho is a great player, but I doubt we'll ever see it at City. To watch the play of Robinho and Elano at the World Cup was bordering on painful. Such incredible ability but Robinho gave a very telling interview in Brazil where he complained that managers in England require you to play a position with specific responsibilities. Robinho is the type of player that has to roam to be effective; we saw that at the world cup with Robinho and Kaka switching back and forth. Right now I'd say it is 50/50 that Roberto Mancini remains the boss at the end of 2010-2011. Maybe City will find a manager to get the best out of Robinho. Selling the player would be a mistake, see Elano, and instead City should look to find another loan situation.