Roberto Mancini's quest for the Premier League title may be over but the pursuit for perfection remains ongoing.
Salvador Dali, the famous artist and artistic genius, once said: “have no fear of perfection—you’ll never reach it,” but Mancini might just want to give it a go.
From the moment he took over the helm at the Etihad his uncompromising attitude has been omnipresent.
When a Carlos Tevez hat trick helped sink Blackburn 4-1, Italian said, “I'm angry because we conceded a goal. Our gift. I think it's most important we stay concentrated for all the time,” according to Daily National Analysis.
Earlier in the offseason Mancini has made it clear he wants his team to win the title with more conviction. “Winning like we did is too difficult. I hope if we win the title this year it will be a few games before," Mancini told goal.com.
But how do you improve a team that was the best in the league last season?
New signings is the most logical approach and a measure that City has resorted to in recent seasons. This year however it seems that the club are being forced to change their ways due to pressure from the Board of Directors and UEFA’s financial ‘fair play’ rules.
Mancini and Brian Marwood (the club's football administrator), have reportedly fallen out about Man City’s lack of investment in the transfer market. The Independent reports the Italian boss saying, "I am not in charge of this [the club’s finances]. It is important [to sign players early] because, after what we did last year, it is important we continue to win."
With the Premier League season three weeks away from kicking off, it seems that Mancini will not have his wishes granted. The City squad will have to look at themselves with a degree of self-criticism in order to improve.