Tactical changes lead to rift between Mancini and Man City players

Disillusionment is said to be growing at Manchester City as the club’s players struggle to comprehend the tactical fluctuations Roberto Mancini insists upon, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Micah Richards was publically critical of Mancini’s methods in the wake of City’s 3-1 defeat against Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday, a match that saw City shift formation on a regular basis. Richards revealed that the players are not comfortable with the three-man defence Mancini at times prefers, adding that it is not something they practice in training.

The Telegraph adds that City’s senior players are annoyed that Mancini has consistently claimed the team is not good enough to win the Champions League, while the Italian’s treatment of Joe Hart and Joleon Lescott has also come in for criticism.

Last season City had the best defensive record in the Premier League as they snatched the title from Manchester United on the final day of the campaign, ending level on points with their near neighbours but coming out victorious thanks to a better goal difference.

This season City have conceded 12 goals in their opening eight league games, twice as many as league leaders Chelsea, as well as a further seven in three Champions League group games.

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