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There is so much I want to say right now....
Firstly I can cope with the disapointment and the frustrations of coming second. It's still a huge step forwards for the club as a whole. Before the season started I honestly thought second place was our aim but possibly a step too soon and I would have been more than happy with third place and qualifying for the Champions League outright for the first time in our history and not having to play a qualifying round first. So on that front we've undoubtedly been a success. Yet right now this afternoon it doesn't quite feel like that.
Before yesterday I was fully behind Mancini. However for the first time i'm now questioning this. There have been many occasions throughout the season I have wanted to question him but as we was progressing it was easy to turn a blind eye and to give him full reign without question. I had certain fears about his man-management style of certain players. His apparent lack of discipline towards Balotelli. The whole Tevez affair which I still don't believe we fully know the truth and it should never have been allowed to fester for so long and played out in the public eye on an almost daily basis. Dzeko's treatment (Milner similar) over the course of the season being in and out of the team as well as being told to Fuck Off back to Bosnia (Munich away). Silva playing on with an apparent injury. A desperate lack of width as well as always publicly criticising Johnson when he actually did perform ok. Given time off when we should have been training. Even Mancini's comments of 'a stupid injury' to Aguero's foot were needless and pointless. Didn't Aguero respond a week later saying he was keen to make people aware of what it was as he was not happy with the rumours etc.
We should have won the League Cup, for some reason Mancini was very negative with January and our fixtures and talked it up far too much for my liking. I remember reading his comments in February and they much more positive about the season ahead. Don't give players an excuse to look for tiredness or reasons to under perform. That's a sign of defeatism and once it seeps in it's bloody hard to get rid of.
Yesterday's game was a culmination of our whole season on show in one game. So many things were perplexing and some of his decisions unfathomable. We started so slow in a game we HAD to win. Too many player's showing outward signs of frustration, kicking the ball away after being given offside, kicking posts or throwing arms, stupid tackles and easy yellow cards. We was not focused to win, we was not focused on the job in hand yesterday. We looked a team of individuals, no cohesiveness, no plan and no teamwork.
Was Aguero really fit yesterday or played out of desperation and a last throw of the dice? The substitutions said everything about the season so far, the reluctance to play Tevez, the refusal to play Dzeko who will now be asked to carry our hopes for six games whilst Mario sits in the stands, the defiance to accept Mario is a loose cannon and needs pulling into line, the boy needs discipline in his life. What goes on in his head or more importantly why has it been allowed to go on? The aftermatch comments from Mancini were unecessary and again should be kept to the confines of dressing room/boardroom.
Before yesterday I would have said we will learn from our mistakes next season but right now i'm not convinced Mancini or some of these players will be given that chance. Some of our players were hurting at the final whistle and they'll be the ones back next season to put right whats undoubtedly gone wrong. For the rest there are still six games to go and six games to fight for that chance. Any players who are uncertain of their futures here need to fight for it now otherwise be shown the door. The same can be said for Mancini, Platt, Kidd and the rest of the coaching staff.
One thing I really think the club need more than any major signing is a full time therapist, because there is no doubt some of the players would benefit hugely from this. I've thought for over two years now this is a major requirement and something missing at this level of competition. I have personal experience and reasons to believe why this would be justified and i'm surprised no club seems to have yet taken this on board.