Gareth Barry has backed Roberto Mancin’s tactics in the wake of recent criticism of the Italian’s methods. After the Ajax defeat, questions were asked about Mancini’s decision to employ the 3-5-2 formation throughout the season and the media sought to paint of picture of player unrest. In spite of this, Barry insists that Mancini’s decisions demand the upmost respect. Speaking to the MEN he said:
I missed the whole pre-season with my operation. The lads said they worked on three at the back, as the manager wanted it as a Plan B. The players didn’t seem to be overly-confident playing it. If the manager wants to go with it you have to do your best and respect it.
It is inevitable that when things go wrong questions will be asked but Barry highlighted that when things go well Mancini’s influence is often overlooked:
At the other end of the scale he made an attacking decision at West Brom and Edin Dzeko came on and scored two goals. Those things don’t get spoken about. You expect these things (criticism of Mancini’s tactics) to come out when things go badly but we just have to stick together and go forward. We started that on Saturday (against Swansea) with a clean sheet and three points.