Manchester City's expensive egos

Updated: August 22, 2011, 1:44 PM ET
By David Hirshey | Special to ESPN.com

Maybe Roberto Mancini just got tired of hearing the fans chant "Boring, boring City" even as Man City won its first trophy in 35 years while simultaneously finally reaching the Champions League pot o' gold . Or maybe it finally clicked that when you pay a ridiculous amount of money -- $300 million -- for an immensely talented bunch of attackers, it behooves you to give them the freedom to occasionally wander over the halfway line.

Whatever his reasons, Mancini, a manager ...

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