Mancini adopts smiling siege mentality
- Sat 14 Apr 2012, 9:08AM
- Posted by Tim Oscroft
The meaning of some of Roberto Mancini's recent comments seem to have been lost in translation, and his latest press briefing has generated more chatter.
Credit to most of the UK written press for seeing through the words in black and white, with Neil Johnston in the Telegraph taking note of Mancini's demeanour in the Carrington media room on Friday. Note tongue lodged firmly in cheek...
"Mancini said: 'They are perfect and we are the opposite. They are not a team like us, who have players who only think about themselves.'
It was the wry smile etched across the Italian’s face that indicated his comments were tongue-in-cheek, aimed primarily at creating a siege mentality in the home dressing room at the Etihad Stadium.
...Neil Johnston in the Telegraph
Contrary to what you might have seen, heard and read of late, the tilt for the title was very much still on within the City dressing room, according to Joe Hart. In the Independent he reveals the kind of spirit everyone wants to hear:
"Inside the walls of his dressing room, Mancini had never conceded the title. 'His message to us was to keep playing, keep winning,' said his goalkeeper. 'He told us before the West Brom game that three matches without a win is not acceptable. We felt the same as players. One game without a win is not acceptable.
'It was never the case that we had given up. He [Mancini] can say it how he wants. Our underlying feeling was that we needed to win. Our supporters pay a lot of money to see us and we owe them. Even if, God forbid, we were already out of it, we would still be fighting.'"
That's good to hear, but for a more pessimistic view from the other side of the world Australia's ninetyminutesonline has a provocative piece about our recent run of form.
And our best wishes go out to former City and England striker Trevor Francis, who was taken ill with a suspected heart attack on Friday. Trevor, the first million-pound footballer, was a team mate of Roberto Mancini's at Sampdoria in the 1980s, and we all wish him well in his recovery.