Just got back from training, i had to leave early so hopefully Dadnlad or Nelly's left foot will advise if anything out if the ordinary happened.
Kolarov was first out quite a while before the rest, he was put through his paces by Ivan the fitness coach which included a session on the "Hill"
Ballotelli was first out of the main squad and started cracking in some powerful shots, the session involved the usual ball work and loosening routines.
A marked difference to the way Mancini first did things, he did introduce double sessions last year, that has all but stopped now, there aren't any, to be honest the sessions are very similar to the previous regime and i'm sure similar to most of the top flight clubs, there is a marked difference towards the end of a session though, where Mancini will take the 11 starters to another pitch and work on formations and set pieces, he will adjust this 11 slightly with the introduction of "subs" He also now takes 2/3 minutes at the start of the session to obviously tell the squad of what's going to happen that morning, he has only recently started doing this.
I was watching Ballotelli hit some ferocious shots just as they were having a break between routines, DH hadn't seen them so i worded him to look, Mario right on cue hit this ball with real power, the problem he skyed it and it even went over one of the internal nets he'd hit it that hard, i think it's still going up now, Mario is buzzing though he looks ready to me.
Only 2 missing were MJ and Tevez, Kolo took a full part and looks like he will be in tomorrow.
Duty called so i had to leave then, but there was nothing irregular to report.
Neil has already put his own report on earlier. This is another report courtesy of DH off man city fans. I'll post some pictures on to this thread later on.
A routine session today made special when Beefy arrived for a look. Good to see you there Wayne and to say I was impressed by your tree climbing would be an understatement. Plenty of other watchers too but none with the monkey like talent you displayed! There were 5 in one tree at one point.
Anyway on the training ground Kolarov was out very early and before the others went off to the hill for a little light work.He must be still working on his core fitness because he has been full training now for a while but seemingly not quite ready yet for a start.Mario also out early and to me seems to be raring to go.
Right at the start Mancini got them all together for an initial briefing which is something he does a bit more than he used to.Nothing special in the early work as it was much the same old routines and yet again they seemed happy and having a good time. As ever Mancini took a team away for some work and it was a different 11 to yesterday so he is trying to keep me guessing but he wasn't helped that Nigel finished his session early.My guess is Nigel will be fine though. Mancini went through some standard attacking routines and finished with some interesting free kicks.Whether we see them at Wolves or not will be interesting. ( cant really better Garrido's there last year for me)
All back together after that for a final game on a 2/3rds pitch.Not many goals scored in this with defences mostly on top. Lescott I thought was very good and one tackle on Ade was exceptional but Boyata wouldnt be too pleased with one bad touch that gave Ade a tap in. A few of the regulars stayed out for some more shooting practice ( Ade/Mario/AJ/Kolarov but it didnt last long today as I think they were all off home and then back again for the trip later to the Wolves hotel.
It was harder to take pictures today because they were behind the fence and futher away than normal so unfortunately some turned out abit blurred. But here are some.
This is the tackle off Joleon the DH mentioned.