Secondly, it's a myth that City's tactics are 'boring and defensive'. I've watched them play quite a few times. Sure, the don't exactly thrill me, and they don't gush forward in waves, but they're generally tidy in possession and have some lovely players to watch. They scored more than 'attacking' Spurs or we did, and in any team it takes more time to really get the attack working than it does the defense. I wasn't talking about effectiveness, I was saying the whole 'boring, defensive' thing is a myth in the first place, or at least, it is to put in such simplistic terms. It was the exact same criticism that used to get levelled at Rafa, it was bullshit then and it isn't any less bullshit now that Mancini's getting it.
I think ManCity are boring and defensive, unimaginative. Why is it a myth? Because they score a goal or goals? Well, Mourinho's Chelsea did too, but they were boring as fuck. I think ManCity was more boring than any Mourinho team, and that says a lot. What is boring about ManCity? Well, there seems no team game at all, it's almost always individual brilliance of players that save them. It's boring to watch 85 minutes of doing nothing, even if they score 3 in 5 minutes.
They are defensive because they play three defensive midfielders. It is excessive 99% times, yet they will do it. And you will be watching uneventful game, because City would be creating nothing at all for majority of match. They have players, it's just the team plays very boring and defensive.
Contrasting with Rafa's Liverpool, the latter had a very clear pattern of play. Even if his team wasn't creating chances galore, you could see a pattern, a game, an engineered mechanism if you will. The same was true for Valencia. A bit mechanical, many might think, but I enjoy it more than what ManCity has to offer so far.
I also strongly suspect that they'll score more next season, progressing from them scoring more towards the end of last season too. Mancini's done what any top manager would do regardless of cash - he's sorted out their defense, made them very, very hard to beat, and now their attacking play will likely be more emphasised.
We can wait and watch. But what would you say if they are still playing the same brand of football? ManCity have, arguably, the best squad in England. Just look at the players they bought for attack. Excuses have to end at some point.
That said, maybe it's more your choice of words. The whole 'defensive' 'negative' football thing is something that just gets on my nerves anyway.
The descriptions are subjective, some think Barca are boring. It just reflects person's preferences. I watched ManCity several times, I think their potential is far greater than what they demonstrate on the pitch.