"Very cold to start with at Carrington for what was a low key training session the day before the Villa game. Everybody except Mario was present I think including Yaya back again and Ade/SWP. Micah looking fine again so no ill effects from yesterday.
After the regulation warm up stuff of jogging and stretches Ivan got them playing hand ball and the pssisng game where you have to be in the air to complete the pass.Some of them are not very well coordinated for that one. Then it was the tag game they often have fun with.It was funny to see who Carlos and Nigel would target in this but wasn't disappointed when they honed in on Vinnie
I just get the feeling that Nigel especially has a really good relationship with Vinnie. The first target when it was Yaya and Jerome was the easy typical one yet again of Patrick.
Then into the football and a 10 a side game. Good goals for Dzeko and Jo were ruled out for off side before Kolarov got a replica of the Tuesday goal, Ade a penalty and Carlos a penalty. I am happy to note it was a very well taken pen as well but I don't think Carlos was best pleased when Lombardo cheered the goal quite loudly. Carlos gave him a good old stare
Carlos then scored another after Dzeko challenged a defender and the ball broke to him. Barry scored a nice one with a good Jo assist and I started to lose track as goals started flying in.The funniest moment was when Vinnie went down in a challenge with somebody on top of him The rest seemed to think it was funny so plenty just piled in on top as you do.
I guess the watching photographers will have got the picture and wonder if any of them dare to send it in so that the wrong headline can be written.When Vinnie eventually got out the game had been going on for quiet a while. Enough of all that and Mancini ended the football and called everyone over for some team formation and pre Villa practice. Everyone that is apart from Ade and SWP. Shame.
Maybe Mancini worked with the team for Villa to start with and maybe not but he did the usual formation and passing work with initial emphasis on the attacking stuff.Then it was all into the penalty area for some work/discussion about corners and the angled free kicks. Mancini taking great care with the positioning of all the players but also spending time talking and pointing. It was 100+ yards away so I couldnt tell for sure what was going on. It wasnt a question of slinging cross after cross in but I guess just spending time getting the key issues dealt with.
One thing very clear was Nigel playing his part in proceedings from what I could see of his arm waving.Interesting that as Carlos had also seemed very involved a little earlier with the work going on with the attacking plays. Mancini watching on and I am sure happy with 2 of his key general's hands on input.Having worked with a possible team Mancini then switched 5 or 6 players over, bringing in a group that had been playing keep ball circle stuff on the sidelines.
That was it really. I was kept amused by a bright photographer who kept asking me questions about why they had moved from one pitch to another and then, when practicing the corners he said are they doing set pieces now. Clearly a top football man.He is the same one that asked which one is Carlos Tevez but he seems to have sussed him now.Right at the end I think I spotted MJ in the distance after finishing practice with the EDS players and having a long chat with Carminati, no doubt updating him on his fitness after the session."