Hello everybody, it’s J-L (@BlueMoonJL) again. I recently had a discussion with a good friend and fellow City fan. I not only wanted to ask him what he thinks about the current on goings at the club, but also what he thinks the future holds.
So, sit back, and read the interview below. I was asking the questions, and my friend was answering them. Enjoy!
Q- Do you think City can turn around their season and, potentially, retain the Premier League Title?
A- It would be extremely difficult to retain our title within the remaining twelve games, but, after last season, anything can happen. City can win the remaining games but I can’t really see United slipping up. We just need to play our best and carry on to the end. We are still in the FA Cup so hopefully we can have some success in that. Hopefully we can bring in some new faces in the summer too and help us out for the future.
Q- You mentioned bringing in some “new faces”? Who would you like to see arrive at the Etihad?
A- If rumours are true about [Edin] Dzeko wanting a return to Germany and Carlos [Tevez] not signing a new contract, then a new striker has to be a priority. As for potential targets? [Radamel] Falcao? [Edinson] Cavani? Neymar? The signing of Robin van Persie has been the difference in the title race this season, I’ve got to say. City signing a goal scorer of the same quality as Van Persie is important, especially if strikers are going to be leaving.
Q- Do you not think that players like Sergio Aguero have the same kind of quality as Van Persie?
A- Yes, I do. Sergio is a great player and I think he needs another quality striker to play alongside him. Aguero and Tevez together are unstoppable, but if Tevez is on his way out another striker has to be brought in to replace him. I honestly don’t think Dzeko is on the same wavelength as Aguero. Luis Suarez is a possibility.
Q- Do you not think a new defender is on the cards, with Kolo Toure admitting he’ll probably leave come the end of the season, and rumours suggesting Lescott could be leaving sooner rather than later?
A- Possibly a centre back, yes, as we would struggle if we get struck with injuries like this season, although we do have players that can cover the position such as [Micah] Richards, Pablo [Zabaleta] and Javi Garcia. I think we should play Richards in the centre alongside Kompany anyway, and then Zabaleta on the right, with Clichy on the left. We already have three quality right-backs [Zabaleta, Richards and Maicon], so no right-back is needed. Our two left- backs are solid too, so I don’t see any improvement needed there.
Q- No room for Matija (Nastasic)?
A- Nastasic is a quality player. Fantastic for his age and has great potential. Overall solid defender but I think a partnership of Kompany and Richards is hard to beat. In the future, I think Nastasic will be one of the best centre backs around.
Q- What do you think of the supposed plans to play a 4-3-3 “Barcelona style” formation next season?
A- I like the idea, but if we are going to play a striker in the centre, I think it should be Dzeko who can head the ball. Aguero on the wing and I think we should give Sinclair a chance. Why buy him and not give him a go? We have been bringing on defenders, such as Kolarov and Maicon, to play in his position, so why not just play Sinclair. He’s a young, quality winger. Proved himself well at Swansea last season. He’s a really skilful, pacey young man.
Q- From my understanding, and rumours, we would play Hart and the usual back four, Yaya Toure, Milner and Silva in midfield, Aguero up front, and sign Reus and Jesus Navas to play either side. What do you think of this idea?
A- Well Reus is quality, would be a great signing, although, personally, can’t see him leaving Borussia Dortmund. He wants to be playing first team football all the time. No room for Sinclair? A bit of a waste signing if Mancini isn’t going to play him. Our midfield and defence is solid.
At this moment, we both discovered that Robin van Persie has limped off injured for United against Queens Park Rangers. My friends proceeded to say: “Van Persie is injured! Can I change everything I have said about City not winning the league? ”
Q- Would you like to see Neymar at Manchester City next season?
A- Yes! People are saying that he is overrated after his poor performance against England the other week, but I still think he is a great talent. Would love to see him in a sky blue shirt next season.
Q- How much would you be willing to pay to ensure his signature?
A- Well, we can’t overpay too ensure we get anybody, due to the new financial fair play regulations, so I’m not really sure. He’s valued somewhere around £35m and his buyout clause is 80m euros. It’s not worth overspending as he hasn’t proved himself other than for Santos yet. On the other hand, Bale would be a good signing.
Q- As a fellow City fan, do you not believe that we need a new creative playmaker, especially as Mancini openly criticized Samir Nasri’s performances this season recently?
A- Nasri’s form lately has been quite poor. As Mancini rightfully said, he’s “playing at 50%” of his capability. I personally don’t think Nasri puts in enough effort. I can’t see the passion from Nasri that I can see with the other players. If Nasri does not start to put some effort in then surely Mancini will bring a new playmaker in.
Q- Who can you see that “new playmaker” being?
A- Well, I hope to see someone like Gotze or Isco come in.
Q- What do you think of all the speculation regarding Mancini’s future?
A- He has to stay for what he has done for us, in such a short space of time, and how he has done it. You just can’t beat it. I give the guy respect. He’s dealt well with some of the things he’s had to put up with, such as Balotelli and Tevez issues – constantly in the press. You have to give managers a chance, you can’t just sack them after a poor spell. How long did it take (Sir Alex) Ferguson to win his first title? 5, 6 years? He was on the verge of being sacked as well I think.
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