Elite Players should know multiple systems of play

Roberto Mancini says top players must be flexible. “Good players should be able to play in any system,” said Mancini. “If you are a top player, the system is not important. If you don’t understand you are not a top player and you cannot play for a top team.
“Maybe Micah doesn’t know this because it is his first game. He has been out for two and a half months and has worked less than the other players,” Mancini said. “Maybe the next time we play this system Micah can stay on the bench and we will play with another player. But what Micah said is not important. He answered one stupid question.”
The move to three at the back had catastrophic consequences, leaving substituted Joleon Lescott fuming, Gael Clichy appealing for guidance about exactly where he was supposed to be playing, City conceding a third goal and Micah Richards conducting a post-match interview where he confirmed his teammates were ill at ease with the tactical switch.
Mancini said he has used the system before. “In pre-season we only had 10 senior players,” he said. “But I wasn’t changing anything. It is difficult to watch from the stand when we change the system but we have used this a lot of times during games last season, a minimum of 50 times. We were 2-1 down and we wanted to improve the situation.
“With this system we beat Chelsea 3-2 in the Community Shield,” he said. “With this system we recovered from 3-0 down against United, got back to 3-2 and had a chance to draw with only 10 players. With this system we have changed the result every time.”

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