Tuesday 20 March 2018

Roberto Mancini: I laid foundations for Man City's quadruple bid

Roberto Mancini was sacked as Manchester City manager a year after winning the Premier League
Roberto Mancini was sacked as Manchester City manager a year after winning the Premier League


Roberto Mancini has claimed he deserves credit for Manchester City’s challenge for the quadruple after breaking his silence on the transformation under Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium.

The Italian, sacked by City last May following the FA Cup Final defeat against Wigan Athletic at Wembley, ended the club’s 35-year trophy drought during his four-year reign as manager by delivering the 2011 FA Cup and Premier League title twelve months later.

But with senior players growing increasingly hostile to Mancini’s style of management, the club’s Abu Dhabi hierarchy dismissed the former Inter Milan coach and replaced him with Pellegrini during the summer.

Under Pellegrini, City have scored more than 100 goals in all competitions this season and last night reached the final of the Capital One Cup.

But with City also on course for success in the league, FA Cup and Champions League, Mancini - now in charge of Galatasaray - insists that he lay the foundations for Pellegrini to take the team on to another level.

"The players scoring the goals are players that I bought - Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, Yaya Toure and David Silva," Mancini told the BBC World Service.

"I think Pellegrini is doing a good job, but what is happening now at Manchester City, we did three years ago."

Despite criticism of his managerial approach, Mancini insists it was ‘normal’ to have tension within the squad.

But he admits that a change of manager can have a positive effect.

"When you work, you know you can have some problem with the players,” Mancini said.

“But this is normal because the manager wants the players to work hard and play well and the players should understand this.

"When you bring in a new manager, it is better maybe, because you change the way they work."

Mancini’s time at City was defined by his regular battles with Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson, with City ending decades of Mancunian misery by claiming the title in 2012.

But with Ferguson gone, he admits David Moyes faces a tough task restoring United to their former glories.

"Alex was at the top but for every manager it is difficult [to come] after him," Mancini said.

"It's totally different to manage a team that should win every game, that every year [should] win a title or the Champions League.

"Chelsea changed (manager) and bought some new players, City bought four or five new players, but after many years, it's the time [for United] to refresh the team.

"I think there is a good chance for him (Moyes) - he worked for 10 years at Everton and he did a really good job.

"He is a good manager and I don't think he needs my advice."


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