Mancini laughs in the face of Fergie's mind games
Published 22:30 25/03/12 By David Anderson
Roberto Mancini has laughed off Sir Alex Ferguson’s claims that he won’t beat him at mind games.
Mancini’s No 2 David Platt says the Manchester City boss was amused to read Fergie’s accusation that he had brought back Carlos Tevez out of “desperation”. An upset Mancini did not face the media after the draw at Stoke because he didn’t want to land himself in trouble and Platt says they see Ferguson’s comments as a bit of fun.
“I read it and when you look at the quotes, Sir Alex hasn't necessarily said that,” said Platt.
“It seems it was a bit tongue in cheek and there was a bit of fun there - I don't know.
“But Robbie just laughed, he just laughed. It's not a problem to him. It's not about him and it's not about Sir Alex. It's about the two teams alone and apart.”
Platt also rejected suggestions that Mancini is cracking up under the pressure of the title race.
“He's done it before and he wants to win,” he said. “As regards the pressure on him, it's not about whether he handles the pressure so much as whether the players go out and get the results.
“He's fine. He's beyond fine - seriously!
“He didn’t come up to speak to you because he didn’t want to get involved in things that would detract from the fact we’ve got eight games left.”