After the defeat to Ajax in Amsterdam which has left Manchester City on the brink of another Group Stage exit from the Champions League, absurd talk of Roberto Mancini’s job being under threat has emanated in some quarters. Some have even gone as far as to suggest City are in crisis, despite us remaining unbeaten in the league with 21 points from 9 games played.
What’s more, after a lacklustre first-half display against Swansea at the weekend, some fans decided to boo the players off the pitch, all of which has clearly irked Mancini.
Mancini today hit back at the media and the dissenting supporters, telling the Daily Mail:
They must understand it was a difficult occasion. When you’re tired and have just had a defeat in the Champions League, maybe you can be disappointing. All teams need their supporters for 90 minutes.
This was a good win. After a defeat in the Champions League it was important to win quickly again.
After all that’s been said in the last few days, I thought we were bottom of the Premier League. But I’ve just looked at the table and we’re in second position.
Yes, this is normal [to take time to adapt to the Champions League] but we are a good team. This is only the second time in the Champions League for us.
For Chelsea to win the Champions League it took them 10 or 11 years. But for those 10 years they were still a fantastic team.
But if we want to say to our supporters: ‘OK, now we are ready to win the Champions League’, then it’s not true. We can play better but there are other teams who have always played in the Champions League and sometimes they don’t play well too.
In two years we’ve won three trophies, so we’ve done well. Everyone that works with us knows we need time.
We won the title last season but we need to work, we need to improve, to learn other things.