Pizza and booze is the new recipe for success at City
Published 16:38 13/01/10 By David Anderson
Wine could soon be on the menu for Manchester City's stars if Roberto Mancini has his way.
Mancini is overhauling the players' pre-match meal and feels they might play better after a relaxing glass of Chianti or Pinot Grigio.
City's new manager has already brought some Italian chic to the club with his 1950s retro blue and white scarf and is also introducing a Mediterranean flavour to the Eastlands menu.
He was disappointed not to see his players tucking into pizza before games and will tell the City cooks to get baking.
"I have found myself in a very different world and I am trying to adapt without changing the rules," said Mancini.
"Let me give you an example. Food before a match, I will sort that out calmly. For example, you need chicken, pizza, carbohydrates, even a glass of wine, but they are not on the table."
City won't care what changes Mancini makes if he keeps winning and the former Inter Milan boss is the toast of Blues fans after winning all of his first four games.
City have banged in 10 goals and conceded just one and Mancini has made the best-ever start by a Blues manager.
He says City fans ain't see nothing yet and has vowed to end their 34-wait for a trophy.
"I have just arrived in Manchester and the fans are incredible, the players are strong and the club well organised," said Mancini.
"I have signed a three-and-a-half year contract and I have a duty to win as I did at Florence, Rome and Milan.
"I'm living the Premier League without thinking of anything else. I can't believe it. It's been great to win straight away and so often. The win against Blackburn was special and I dedicated it to my father as it was his birthday."
Mancini has guided City up to fourth - just seven points behind leaders Chelsea - and delirious Blues fans are even dreaming of the title.
Even though Carlo Ancelotti may be getting nervous at seeing Mancini loom large in his rear view mirror, he has still been on the phone to congratulate his old San Siro rival.
"The objective is fourth place and the Champions League," he said. "I have heard from Ancelotti, Roberto Di Matteo and Gianfranco Zola. They were all very kind. I haven't heard from Capello."
Mancini, 45, who will be joined in Manchester in the summer by his wife Federica and youngest child Camilla, sees his long-term future back home in Italy.
He believes he will return to Serie A when he has finished at City and dreams of managing the Azzurri one day.
"What may be impossible today, tomorrow may happen," said Mancini. "Maybe Inter, Milan, Juventus, Lazio or Roma, but who knows?
"At the moment I'm not thinking about it. One day I will and I would like to coach the national team or maybe any national team, but for the time being there is only City."