Mancini set on Stoke
- Sat 15 Sep 2012, 9:38AM
- Posted by Nicola McCarthy
There was no love lost between Roberto Mancini and Tony Pulis when the City last visited Stoke back in March after Blues striker Sergio Aguero injured his foot in a hefty challenge.
“The Manchester City boss stormed away without shaking the hand of his opposite number Tony Pulis after the 1-1 draw which threatened to derail Manchester City’s title dream,” writes Dave Armitage of The Daily Star.
“Mancini was seething at what he considered Stoke’s physical approach and sidestepped the post-match press conference.”
The manager will be hoping for a better outcome this time around - City have not won at Stoke since both clubs were in the third tier in 1999 – but appreciates the Britannia Stadium is never an easy place to go.
“Mancini is glad the notoriously tricky trip is coming when there is less pressure and, such is the anticipated difficulty, next week's mouth-watering clash against Real Madrid is at the back of his mind,” reports The Daily Mail.
“The 20-year-old has been on Chelsea's radar since impressing as a substitute for Oscar Cardozo at Stamford Bridge in the Champions' League last April, while City have begun monitoring his form after a clear signal Benfica may have to cash in on him at the end of the season,” claims the paper’s John Edwards.
“Barcelona are also keen admirers, while Real Madrid are aware of a likely scramble to sign him next summer, with Jose Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes representing him.
“At 6ft 1in, Oliveira has been likened in Portugal to a taller version of City striker Sergio Aguero, for his mobility and link-up play as well as clinical finishing.”
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