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Man City coach Carminati: Mancini cares about defence

Manchester City fitness coach Ivan Carminati says manager Roberto Mancini is determined to introduce a new philosophy at Eastlands.

Carminati has praised the work of the previous fitness coaches at City and says Mancini's style will suit the Premiership.

"His basic philosophy is to make sure all of his players are happy to play. If you train hard, with a smile, you reach your target more quickly," he told the Manchester Evening News.

"He likes to attack but knows that the starting point is not to concede. On his first day here, he said `We start with the defensive line' and every day he has done a lot of work with the players to get them working as a team. The team must move on the pitch according to the position of the ball - it's very important, because if you're in the right position you reach the ball quicker than the opponent."

Carminati also utilises the latest scientific and technological techniques to monitor players' fitness, and was impressed with what he found at City. The players use saliva hormone tests to keep tabs on their well-being, a new technique which tracks the anabolic and catabolic state of their bodies once a week.

"Every week we take saliva, because that gives you some information, and we put all the information from different tests and monitoring together to find the right answers for the players," said Carminati.

"Football is not a science, but science can add to football - and then at the end you have to score!"

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