Coach Roberto Mancini

The coming season represents a crucial juncture for Roberto Mancini. Despite winning League titles in Italy and England, as well as four Coppa Italia successes, the sense remains that Mancio is not always afforded the respect bestowed upon the likes of Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti. Following a disappointing eighth-place finish, the Nerazzurri invested heavily and, despite leading the table until the Christmas break, failed to qualify for the Champions League again.