Mancini to ring changes for Villa visit?
- Tue 25 Sep 2012, 8:17AM
- Posted by Mark Booth
City take on Aston Villa this evening in the Capital One Cup and you’d need a crystal ball to predict Roberto Mancini’s line-up for the game.
The competition is often seen as the perfect chance to blood youngsters and hand vital match fitness to fringe members of the squad but, as demonstrated by last season’s run to the semi-final, no competition is ever going to be taken lightly by Mancini.
Richard Arrowsmith of the Daily Mirror has been staring into the bottom of his tea cup and he reckons City’s first XI will be unrecognisable from the one that lined up against Arsenal.
“None of the starting XI who played Arsenal at the weekend will begin the game, although substitutes Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli are likely to lead the line while youngsters Denis Suarez, Abdul Razak and Luca Scapuzzi will be in the squad.”
In other news, John Terry’s international retirement might bring an end to one player’s travails in the famous Three Lions but it could open the door for Joleon Lescott to rack up some caps. Former West Ham defender and TalkSport presenter Alvin Martin believes it should.
Lescott has admitted that he’d like to end his career at City, that’s according to Jamie Jackson, the Guardian’s Northern Sport correspondent.
"I've got this [season] and one more. I would love to extend it and finish my career here but's that for another day,” said the Wolverhampton-born defender.
“I'm just focused on doing the job this season and, if that brings an extension, then great. Going knocking on doors isn't really my style. That's not in my character and I don't think my mum would be very happy with me if I did that. I just continue to play well and do a professional job.”
"I know where I've come from. A few years ago I was playing at Plymouth on Tuesday nights, now Tuesday nights mean Champions League. I'm grateful for what I have, so I won't be rocking the boat."
“John Guidetti will end speculation over his future at Manchester City by signing a new deal with the club after both parties agreed terms,” the story reads.
“The Sweden international proved his talent when on loan last season with Feyenoord, where he scored 20 goals in just 23 appearances.”
Don’t forget that mcfc.co.uk is the only place to read confirmed contract news.
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