Mancini's mask makes headlines!
- Sat 17 Nov 2012, 8:30AM
- Posted by Nicola McCarthy
Roberto Mancini’s mask is at the centre of most Manchester City news this morning!
The City boss surprised reporters when he showed up to his Friday press conference disguised as his assistant David Platt.
Some have taken a more serious slant on the stunt, claiming the Italian can’t ‘mask,’ the struggles he faces, while others have accepted it in the humour, I’m sure it was intended.
“In a series of fiery exchanges with the media, Roberto Mancini had struggled to explain in words that the pressure wasn't getting to him amid Manchester City's patchy form,” reports website supersport.com.
“So on Friday, the manager resorted to humour.
“Mancini sent Platt in his place for the last two media gatherings to fend off questions about City's ill-fated Champions League campaign and stuttering Premier League title defence.”
Meanwhile, Steve Davis of NBC Sports has an alternative view: “Say what you will of Roberto Mancini and some of the tactical and personnel choices involving that pricey Manchester City side deserve serious discussion – but the man certainly has kept his sense of humour.”
Elsewhere this morning, the City chief has played down reported interest in Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.
“Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has dismissed suggestions that he wants to buy Luis Suarez as “not true” and declared that he does not need to buy in January,” reports The Independent’s Ian Herbert.
“Mancini admitted that Mario Balotelli had been dropped from the squad for last Sunday's game against Tottenham Hotspur because he had not worked well enough in training.
“But he said he would be retaining his four strikers throughout the season.”