Roberto Mancini has shown over the past several months that he is indeed a man of many contradictions, here’s a few of his highlights.
When asked could the title race be over by Sunday? “If we lose against Arsenal and they beat QPR – yes.”
Two days later: “I will never say we can’t win the league if there is still a chance. That is not my life, never.”
The following day when City cut United’s lead to five points: “The title race is finished because United is a fantastic team and they have a fantastic spirit.” So now the lead is less, the title race that wasn’t over, is?
On Balotelli: “I hope, for him, he can understand that he’s in a bad way for his future. And he can change his behaviour in the future. But I’m finished. We have six games left and he will not play.”
A few days later
“He only got three games, so I’m pleased for this. He will be back for Manchester United. He will be ready.” That clears that up then.
“Team-mates should only play. For Mario it’s my job [to manage him] not [the players]. Because when you have a player like Mario you should always not talk bad things against him because he is your team-mate.”
“I can understand. I told him that if you played with me 10 years ago I give to you every day maybe one punch in your head.”
Great example of not speaking about him in a bad way.
Will he ever pick him again? “No. If we want to improve like a team, like a squad, Carlos cannot play with us. With me, no – it is finished.”
A few months later.
“If he was here and playing it would be better, because Carlos can change games. If he were to come back next week maybe he can still help us in the next three months.” That’ll show him who’s boss.
On card waving: “Probably, if you watch again the situation. It was not a red card. Rooney told him his decision. He was near the referee.”
A few days later against Liverpool Mancini waves an imaginary card: “When I did this card gesture against Liverpool, I said sorry because I made a mistake.” Something about pots and kettles.
As you can see you can always rely on Roberto Mancini to tell you exactly how it is, until the next interview of course.