Can Sven Teach Man City How to Play Away Successfully?

Despite Sven-Goran Eriksson’s relatively successful time as manager of England, many will remember him for the tabloid scandals, which reported a string of affairs with a variety of mistresses. Clearly, Sven enjoyed great success when playing away from girlfriend Nancy Dell’Olio, yet his Man City team are faring less well on the road this season.

“I feel something is missing and that we will have to talk about it again and see if we can find the answer before next week,” Eriksson told the Manchester Evening News.

“I am not frustrated or disappointed because we have a young team. I just feel in the future, we may be better.

“We are braver and more positive when we play at home than when we are away. We must try to throw that away in future.”

Maybe the ‘something’ that’s missing is a top-class striker to score the goals for the Citizens. It’s hard to see City improving matters on the road when they’re playing Samaras on his own up front and it’s clear a striker is the priority for Eriksson in January.

Some might argue that they’ve been fortunate to collect so many points at home, where they never create an abundance of chances but appear to do just enough to win matches at the moment. Naturally, when you have such a good defensive back four, it’s easier to win in front of your own fans by the odd goal.