The Manchester City manager has said that he was denied three or four targets in the summer and it has cost his team this season, but he has more than enough resources available already.
Whichever side wins the bragging rights in the Manchester Derby this evening, there is little doubt that it is Manchester United who will go on to claim the Premier League title, with Manchester City fifteen points off the pace as they head to Old Trafford.
It is not unusual for managers to seek excuses for a poor performance, but the justifications that Roberto Mancini has reeled off ahead of the derby are exceptional in how ridiculous they sound. Firstly the Italian manager has bemoaned the fact that teams play with fear against Manchester United, a mentality they do not have when they take on Manchester City.
But even more bizarrely the Manchester City manager has claimed that it was his team's lack of action in the transfer market that has cost them not only the title, but a place in the Champions League quarter finals.
Manchester City were thought to be chasing Robin van Persie, Eden Hazard, Javi Hernandez, Daniele De Rossi and Daniel Agger last summer, and it is the failure to sign the Dutch striker, who went to United instead, that Mancini is perhaps most aggrieved about.
These five are clearly all good players, but to suggest that Manchester City's failings are due to a lack of options in the squad is ridiculous. At the start of the season their strike force of Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko was arguably even stronger than Manchester United's quartet, and Mancini even felt comfortable enough to let Balotelli leave in January.
In fact looking throughout the City squad they look to have easily the best 25 man unit in the Premier League, and the blame for fact they are not competing in the league, and were so dismal in the Champions League, has to mostly go to Mancini himself.
The Italian manager will likely leave this summer anyway, but his moans this week indicate he is not the man to take City up another level in Europe and in the Premier League, and given their relative financial status to other teams in the league, it is embarrassing that he has the gall to moan about transfers.
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