There was something about the recent Manchester City game against Everton that made you wonder whether the Eastlands group are actually seriously about mounting a decent challenge for the Premiership title.
David Moyes was right for praising his Everton side who looked organised and did have that extra spirit inside them that was so obviously lacking in City.
These are the sort of games that the Chelsea’s and Manchester United’s would normally win 2-1 at home, not vice versa. Should the sort of attitude continue that brings these types of results then Eastlands will be very different place next season.
Not only will they suffer from a loss of players by not reaching the Champions League stages for yet another season, but other players will look at the club as “also rans” which really is not what the Manchester City owners are looking for.
Their current form and playing style is far too defensive for a team that wishes to take the massive stride towards the top. Tottenham Hotspur are a good example of a team that is trying, it is defensively however that their issues continue.
For City it represents another blown chance to go top of the division. For Mancini, it could well mean that he gets fired by Boxing Day. If you have a chance to defeat Everton at home to go top of the Premiership then you take it, you do not dawdle around and end up with nothing.
Many will blame the Tevez situation should things not go according to plan although it must be said that his goals this season have been the main reason why Manchester City are in such a decent position at the moment.
Rumours continue to persist that Mancini will look to add more players in January, with Edin Dezko and Daniel Alves apparently his top targets but whether adding two new faces to a squad that currently look like they need to get rid of most players, will help remains to be seen. Mancini and the players of Manchester City will have their work cut out over the next few months.