Decisive defending – Issue 16 (November 2011)
Roberto Mancini will celebrate two years at Manchester City in December 2011. The Italian had previously enjoyed four successful years as manager of Inter Milan, having also taken charge Fiorentina and Lazio.
His move to Manchester came at a time of huge investment and expectation at Eastlands, and Mancini has gradually assembled a number of top-name individuals into a fluid unit, who this season look the most likely challengers for the Barclays Premier League crown currently held by their city neighbours, United.
As a player, Mancini was a skilful forward who spent 15 years at Sampdoria, during which time he made over 400 appearances for il Doria. He also played for Bologna, Lazio and Leicester City – the latter offering him a brief but definite taste for the English game, which influenced strongly his decision to join Manchester City.
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