Galatasaray has wasted almost no time in finding a qualified replacement for the recently sacked head coach Fatih Terim. The man that is joining is none other than former Manchester City head man Roberto Mancini, a man they will be paying 5.5 Million Euros a year to do the job.
Before everyone assumes that this is the best move for the reigning champions, let’s take a quick look at what he did in England:
Mancini was head coach at City, with arguably the most expensive squad in the Premier League, and with this he was only able to win one league title and one domestic cup. This is understandable in the way that the PL is a very competitive league to play in, but with that talent, a bunch of second place finishes and being kicked out of the UCL, group stage was never going to be enough.
Regardless, he did come in and transform this team to improve the players’ mindset defensively, on the counter, and even built up attacks from the back. This is a style that has worked wonders in one of the best leagues in Europe, which could mean that it should be easier to use in the Turkish Super League.
Now, Mancini has a new challenge at a club where there are veterans and youngsters alike who all will want to make an impression. However, there are also players who may not even get a chance to prove themselves, so he will let some of them go.
The formations he likes to use are as follows: 4-4-2, 4-2-3-1 and at times, he even switches to a 3-5-2 to use the wings a bit more, while also having one more guy that pushes up to aid the attack. He also teaches his players to play with a bit more patience, which allows them to calm themselves down enough to play at their very best.
He will instill his tactics into this side with a bit of time and patience, and they will improve their game. If not, reinforcement will be brought in.
Galatasaray’s first game under Mancini will be away to Juventus in their second UCL group match. Win, lose or draw, Mancini will not be accused, or at least should not be accused, of the team’s performance, as he only has one or two days to prepare them for the fixture.