Mancini: Diary of a Champion
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This is the incredible inside story of Manchester City’s first title in 44 years and perhaps the most remarkable football season of all-time, written from the point of view of the man in the eye of the storm - City manager Roberto Mancini. It all ended so dramtically, with two injury-time goals at the Etihad to secure the club’s first Premier League title, yet it had begun serenely for the Sky Blues as they romped to the top of the league scoring goals almost at will, culminating in a 6-1 romp at Old Trafford. Holding the lead at the top from September until March, their title juggernaut was halted by Manchester United’s incredible run of performances and the loss of form of key players. It took a remarkable collapse from United to hand back the initiative, a second chance Mancini’s men gratefully accepted with a run of six wins to secure the title - yet there was so much more to this incredible season.The antics of Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli were never far away and then there were the mind games of rival manager Sir Alex Ferguson and the pressure to succeed from City's wealthy arab owners. For a manager to successfully overcome all these obstacles took wit, guile, patience, determination and superb man management. As legendary football columnist Harry Harris discovers, Roberto Mancini displayed all these attributes, and more besides, in leading City to the title.