In the wake of City’s 4-2 home defeat to Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup (which is actually The League Cup. Give me strength for it is such a horrendous name) Roberto Mancini has spoken of his anger at rival managers’ who have a pop at him on the touchline.
During last night’s game, Mancini spoke to the fourth official about whether a yellow card was given for a challenge on Gareth Barry. Paul Lambert, the Villa manager, took the opportunity to confront Mancini which riled him. After the game he said:
I didn’t say anything to him [Lambert]. There are some managers it is better to shut up. I asked the fourth official if there was a yellow card, without moving my hands, and he comes over to me. I can understand if I was talking to him but I didn’t say anything.
I am very tired with their behaviour. Sometimes these managers go to the big stadiums and the other manager says everything and they say nothing. When they go to [Old] Trafford, they say nothing. When other managers talk about the referee they always sit on the bench. I don’t like this type of behaviour.
Mancini is no stranger to touchline skirmishes having had run-ins with Alex Ferguson, David Moyes and Mark Hughes in the past. Perhaps last night his frustration was compounded by a sloppy performance of which he said:
We didn’t play well and this is my fault because I am the manager. Now I shall find the solution quickly as we have important games.
City’s next game is away against Fulham in the Premier League before facing Borussia Dortmund at home in the Champions League. Mancini will be hoping his solution happens sooner rather than later as City’s start to the season has been far from convincing.