Italian manager wants to bring more creative midfielders to Eastlands.
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Man City boss Roberto Mancini says he didn’t call Palermo to ask about Javier Pastore but admits he is on the club’s radar.
The Argentinean creative midfielder has been in brilliant form in Serie A, leading to many rumours that he is set for a move to Juventus.
Palermo revealed recently that a top-ranking official at City had been in touch to talk about a transfer in the January window, but Mancini says it had nothing to do with him.
Speaking after last night’s stalemate with Aris Salonika, Mancini said: “Maurizio Zamparini, the president of Palermo, said that he got a phone call from a team manager at City for Pastore, but that he didn’t speak English.
“This means that I wasn’t on the phone, otherwise I would have spoken to him in Italian.
“City are interested in good players and Pastore is good like [Napoli’s Edison] Cavani and many others.”
Cavani is the leading scorer in Serie A this season with 20 goals and the Uruguay striker has scored seven in the Europa League.
With a goalless draw against Greek minnows Aris Salonika and scoring only one goal against fellow Champions league rivals this season, Roberto Mancini has realised his team needs more creativity.
The Manchester City manager, after suffering taunts of ‘boring, boring City’ at the Emirates last month, declared a point against rivals Arsenal was a good result and hence a good performance.
It was. But when City need to chase the game, such as Manchester United last weekend or in the Europa League, his team do not show enough creativity.
And with such flair players like Carlos Tevez, David Silva and Adam Johnson this is a crime.
But this is not the players fault – not at all. It is the manager who decides the tactics with the players just following orders.
When Mark Hughes was in charge at Eastlands, City played with attacking poise and flair, and it could be argued he had less flair players than Mancini has at his disposal.
More creative players will help Manchester City to hit the net but unless Mancini changes tactics and allows them more freedom to express themselves, ‘boring, boring City’ will become the norm.