1. Mancini picked the right team
The Manchester City manager could have gone several ways for this derby. He could have picked Edin Dzeko to lead the line, chosen Samir Nasri instead of James Milner, and he might have plumped for Pablo Zabeleta over Micah Richards. But no. Roberto Mancini followed his instincts, which proved to be sound. Milner and Richards were superb. And as for Mario Balotelli, well, this madcap striker could not have done much more to repay the faith of his manager.