UDPATE: I'm off by three! Zabaleta (who I really should have picked), Glichy (I'm surprised) and Demichelis are on the pitch.
As always, we note for the record that Manuel Pellegrini is better than you, better than me, better than the vast majority of people on terra firma when it comes to managing a football team. And, for the record, he's currently doing a pretty good job. Yes, it's frustrating we didn't blow Hull City out of the water when we up 2-0 before the cushions settled but who knew Mangala would mangle things up so badly? Not me, not you and certainly not Pellegrini who was one hundred percent in starting the Frenchman and 150% correct in keeping him in. But in a crucial--and underscore the word crucial--CL match against Roma, where a win is an absolute necessity, should he stay with Mangala? That's one of several questions to ask before the lineup card is filled. Others include but are not limited to:
- Joe Hart making disquieting noises about this rotation business (google it).
- Jovetic is cleared to play and he's got a little experience going for him if Pellegrini gives him the nod.
- Nasri, Nastasic and Fernando are out and finally,
- welcome back to the sidelines, Manuel Pellegrini (suspension is over).