If Mancini watches the game against Sporting again, and his decision for starters is based partly on that, there just is no way Pizarro wouldn't start.
Were you watching the same Pizarro as everybody else? He was average to say the least. He, Johnson and Savic should be consigned to the bench (at best) for the rest of the season in my view.
Let me throw some facts at you. Seeing as you like many probably didn't bother to go watch the match 4 times. I did :)
Hollywood balls: i.e the supposed wasteful balls Pizzaro was pinging all over the place
Pizzaro: 6 completed, 3 misplaced:
Yaya Toure: 5 completed, 7 misplaced
Silva: 2 completed, 3 misplaced
Kolarov: 1 completed, 2 misplaced
De Jong: O completed, 1 misplaced: 36/39
Possession By midfielders:
Yaya Toure: 85/97 (Full game)
Silva: 32/38(65 min)
Pizzaro: 51 of 58 (55 min)
De Jong; 36/39 ( 50 Mins)
Johnson: 10/12 (45 min)
Nasri: 9/10 (40 mins)
So in terms of who played well, Pizzaro was simply better than most on a day in which we played an average game for the most part. Pizzaro was simply the best link up player on the field. Simply put, SIlva, and Johnson just weren't involved enough. Sadly when SIlva was subbed was when he had finally begun to pick his game up.
De Jong was often credited with our improved play, but this actually is a fallacy. Our improved play was a function of SIlva, Kolarov and especially Aguero having a fantastically better 2nd halves than they did the first half.
Sure Johnson being uninvolved offensively and being replaced by Nigel who was more involved helped. But it was the least of the reasons why we improved. De Jong had a good tackle when he came in on the right, did a Panna move on the left corner to get out (that was sweet) and was quicker (on most occassions with his passing than usual) which was decent.
Funny enough, the exact same mistake Savic made against Spurs that led to thatthe Bale breakaway, De Jong made the exact mistake but luckily Capel did not put Van Winkle thru for what would have definitely been a goal. But no one will remember.
Pizzaro was NOT average, unless the argument goes: Everyone except 1 or 2 were poor, with Pizarro being one of the 2 (him and Yaya) that were average while every one else sucked in the first half. I say this because he and Yaya were simply the 2 best players in the first half. No one was close. In the Second, Aguero was the best player, then Kolarov, then Yaya, then Dzeko everyone else was pretty average in terms of contributions.
Oh, just before I go, let me dispel another fallacy about the game. The 'supposed' Pissaro was leaving gaps in the middle malarky. This is another bullshit claim. By and large Sporting attacked down the wings Capel and Insua on the left, and Perreiraha and Ismailov on the right. Centrally, they pretty much conceeded possession and let Yaya and Pizarro dominate midfield. Carrico and Stinjs sat deep and helped double Balo, SIlva and Aguero. Defensively Micah and Kola were always often caught out of position. Especially Micah, while Kola was often doubled and didn't get early help from Silva/Balo when they were wide left.
Anyway, the above gives you an insight into how much I have dissected the game. And I am telling you without an iota of doubt, that Pizzaro will start if that game is any indicator.