Manchester City Start Slowly, But The Signs Are Good: Honestly.
If you were to talk to Manchester City fans today there would be two very different opinions in play.
There are the panicking, worrying City fans who are desperate for success and that desperation is creating a game by game, knee jerk reaction which must surely be too tiring to be maintained.
Then there are the fans, like myself who simply see the start of the season as exactly that, a start.
Before a ball was kicked Mancini was telling anyone willing to listen that he expected two months would be needed before City started to play to their potential.
Since then a number of injuries have held back those developments (Mancini said yesterday that City played without 6 key players against Blackburn).
Where some Blues are worried about a lack of attacking force it could easily be argued that the two missing full backs, Kolarov and Boateng allow that to happen.
Likewise when City see far too many good opportunities go begging then Balotelli fits the bill exactly.
The team that Mancini sees when he closes his eyes is possibly with all three of those players on the pitch for 90 minutes, and yet some City fans are blinkered to the fact that they were even bought at all.
There are far more positive things to happen to City than any other team in the division.
Mancini will undoubtedly get the players to gel as a unit and be able to unleash an awesome array of talent that will beat the very best of teams.
He will also plug the few holes in an already formidable defence and perhaps make City the hardest team to beat.
But the additional talents yet to be fully brought into play of Balotelli, Silva, Kolarov and Boateng will really bring the season in to full swing.
Now is not the time to judge Mancini or City but it will be far more useful to reflect in what has happened after 30th September when perhaps both Chelsea and Juventus have been put to the sword.
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