Roberto Mancini recently said he plans to bring in a rotation policy at Manchester City that’s understandable due to the amount of games City will face in the 10/11 season. With City in the Europa league which brings a lot more travelling and games to the calendar it is the obvious answer. The Premiership, F.A. Cup and the Carling Cup are hard enough to get through with a standard squad.
Craig Bellamy is one who no doubt can benefit from this policy as he admitted last season in and around the Christmas time that He finds it hard to play three games in a row that near together. Other players may feel the same as Craig, that the edge is taken off their game by over playing , leading to inconsistent games and a loss of confidence. While some need to play week in and week out to keep them focused and sitting on the bench can affect their good form. Mancini has said he believes in resting players to keep them sharp and wants two world class players to every position and looking at the squad at present he is very near is goal.
When Rafa operated a rotation system at Liverpool it game in for awful abuse in the media and by the fans. I have faith in Mancini and believe that He can find the right blend of players to suit the rotation system at City. With the Europa League competition you only have to look at Fulham last season to see how many games have to be played. Roy Hodgston was very critical of the way the league is set up, Roy is a certainly a man in the know when it comes to the Europa leauge.
Fulham played 63 times last season and that was 38 in the E.P.L. , 5 times in the F.A. Cup , 1 in the league cup, and 19 in the Europa. That is some amount of games to play, Brede Hangeland and Chris Baird playing 52 games a piece and Duff with 50 games , I’m sure it takes its toll.
You will hear some fans saying that their Club opted out of a competition to concentrate on the Premiership and so on. I find it hard to believe any team goes out and takes it easy, professional athletes are just not wired that way for them its a mind set to win don’t even think anything else. If City were to go all out for the four possible Cups, rotation is surly the only answer.
What are your views on to the rotation policy and the amount of games needed to be played to win it all ?
What players will struggle and thrive with this system ?
like me do you believe Mancini will get the blend just right ?