Italian coach Roberto Mancini lived his glory days thus far as head coach with Manchester City. With Galatasaray, he has played way too many games to be taken seriously. He plays with a 3-5-2, 4-3-3 or a 4-2-3-1, which are all good formations, but for a team that does not run off of one another to create openings, none of these will work.
Just earlier today, Galatasaray lost 2-1 at Sivasspor in a Turkish Super League match while playing in the 4-3-3. Chances were created, but some players ran around more than others did, as it seemed everyone wanted to score, while only the guys in the back line were interested in defending.
Sivasspor kept hitting Galatasaray on the counter, which is exactly how they scored both of their goals, in addition to some questionable defending. The team seemed lost all over, and Mancini is solely to blame since he is positioning most of the players in the wrong positions. Sivas was ready for every tactical decision he made, which made it frustrating for Galatasaray to gain any dominance whatsoever in the 90 minutes.
Let’s rewind to the 2-0 deficit against Chelsea back in the Round of 16 of the Champions League. Mancini was caught sitting down with his feet up while smiling with his eyes and staring at the field. That was the most despicable and pathetic reaction that could be given by a coach who is running a team in Europe’s elite soccer competition. Just a year ago, Galatasaray ripped real Madrid 3-2 at home under the fiery coach at the time Fatih Terim. Now, since Mancini was decent in England, they paid him big money to take the reigns in a much different Turkish league where only one team can dominate at a time.
This is no joke; Mancini is decent when it comes to home matches in the league, but on the road, his team’s performance is subpar at best. He needs to pick a group of consistent starters, substitutes and a formation that works against every single team in the league. It may be easier said than done, but he is the coach, which makes it his job.
If Galatasaray do not secure second place at the very least, Mancini should pack his bags and go coach a team where there are stars all over, as that is truly the only way he will succeed.