Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini seems to go out of his way to get on the wrong side of people. Maybe it’s the pressure that comes with such high expectations at his club but he seems to be getting a reputation for creating needless confrontations. He has only been at Eastlands for ten months yet in that time Mancini has had run ins with Robinho, Craig Bellamy, Stephen Ireland, Emmanuel Adebayor, Shay Given and what he himself describes as a “ballsy” dressing room argument with his captain Carlos Tevez last week.
The Italian is now risking whatever civil relations may exist with Sir Alex Ferguson by virtually discounting Manchester United’s chances of success, describing Chelsea and Arsenal as being technically superior to his side. Speaking to the local media in Italy, Mancini hailed Chelsea as the Premier League’s top side with only Arsenal matching them in terms of technical ability and United never even getting a mention when asked to name England’s best teams. Has the man completely lost the plot or is he simply trying to take on Ferguson in his famous mind games?
If he is, Mancini is doing so at his own peril and someone should remind him what happened when former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez tried the same thing a couple of years ago. United went on to win the title that season and it was all downhill for Benitez after that.
“Chelsea are the strongest team in the Premier League” Mancini reportedly told the media “Technically, only Arsenal are on a par with them but Chelsea have greater physical power. That is the only difference and what gives Chelsea the edge.”
Mancini also revealed he had barely spoken to fellow countryman Fabio Capello since he took over at City despite the England boss including so many of his players in his squad. “Capello and I have never exchanged phone calls since I have been in England” he admitted “We have met maybe two or three times, that’s all.”
Not exactly the best way to win friends and influence people Signor Mancini
Is the pressure starting to get to Mancini?