Roberto Mancini provided all the ammunition that his detractors could possibly want with a baffling team selection and formation to start the first game of the season.
It is hard to express how frustrated I am watching the first half of Manchester City's opening fixture against Swansea this evening. City are playing a 4-2-3-1 which is completely the wrong formation. A 4-2-3-1 one is, when played with fast wingers, the perfect counter attacking formation. It is not the formation that you select in trying to break down a visiting defense against a team that is not pushing forward hard.
Swansea play good quality football at times, but they do not push forward like say a Chelsea might do when playing at home.
David Silva and Adam Johnson are playing out on the wings with each player occasionally moving inside, especially Silva in search of the ball. If City are to play a 4-2-3-1 then Silva needs to be the pivot rather than one of the wingers. Mancini's determination to push Craig Bellamy out of the club is shown time and again as pure folly until an adequate, speedy, replacement is found.
That City have hit the bar twice and had the majority of play does nothing to mitigate the circumstances. City should be dominating by playing the Inter Diamond with Balotelli and Dzeko up front and Silva pulling the strings. This would also allow both Yaya Toure and Gareth Barry to push forward in support.
City may still win the game, but Mancini has fluffed his first test of the season.
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