Manchester City’s new manager Roberto Mancini has wasted no time in setting some pretty high targets for his new club. City’s former boss Mark Hughes said after his dismissal that a top-six finish was his target for the season, he claimed the club’s owners agreed with him. The Italian new-boy has other ideas, he wants a top four finish this season – followed by the league title next time.
“At this moment my target is the top four,” explained the former Inter Milan. “Next season we want to win the Premier League.”
So now we must ask the following questions, 1) Can City finish in the top four this season? And 2) can they take the title next season?
We’ll start with this season. City trail fourth placed Aston Villa by six points, albeit with a game in hand, which is by no means an impossible task. They have a great squad already in place but perhaps need to bring in some new defenders in January. Joleon Lescott and Kolo Toure have perhaps not matched the form at City they enjoyed at Everton and Arsenal respectively and they’ve already conceded 27 goals – more than any other team in the top nine. If City are to finish in the top-four by the end of the season the defence is the area they need to start with. Mancini knows all about defending, as all Italian coaches do, so he should waste no time in sorting out what has been a very leaky defence so far this season.
How about actually usurping the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea next season? To be honest, with their money and resources anything is possible. However, to speculate on how good Mancini will fare in the Premier League before he has even been in charge for one game is pointless, let’s just see how things are working out by the end of this campaign before we start to guess how next year will go.