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Back to the drawing board, and now we examine a tactical switch that Mancini has almost patented in his time as City manager, but really came to the fore in the penultimate league game against Newcastle.
This, of course, goes back to one of his original masterstrokes in bringing in Yaya Toure, that one-man machine capable of playing anywhere through the middle.
And it is this versatility and fearsome box-to-box power that makes Toure such an important component of Mancini’s team.
Against a Newcastle side set up to contain City and to hit them on the counterattack, City had the effectiveness of Samir Nasri on the wing curtailed, and a second-half decision, defensive on the outlook, saw Nigel de Jong come on in place of Nasri.
What this did was allow de Jong to tuck into a more defensive midfield role, releasing Toure to move up the pitch and power through Newcastle’s midfield.
The result: 2-0 City, with both goals scored by that man Toure.