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Lehmann joy at City exit

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini last night declared that his club would be spurred on by the latest attack from Germany, in which the former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has welcomed their exit from the Champions League, writes Ian Herbert.

Even by the standards set by Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Lehmann's outburst on German TV was extraordinary.

City, he said, "play very, very boring football. They just make their opponents fall asleep with lots of possession. That is not tactically very demanding."

Mancini, who suggested yesterday that City would have more desire to compete to win the Europa League than Manchester United, was sanguine about his side's exit from the tournament and said the public attacks which have accompanied his side's journey through the tournament would be stored up.

"I think we need to respect everyone's opinions," Mancini said. "For us it can be useful, it can help push us on. When you receive criticism or when you lose a big game, it's an important moment.

"In that moment you can improve because it makes you stronger as a team and as a man. I think every player thinks like me.

"This is important to win. To get that strong mentality. When you have lost, you are disappointed, but you work more, you work hard." (© Independent News Service)

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