Did defensive frailties cost City Cup progress?
- Wed 26 Sep 2012, 8:25AM
- Posted by Mark Booth
Today’s paper talk surrounds last night’s 4-2 extra-time defeat to Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup.
The Independent's verdict on the match makes grim reading, pointing to defensive frailties that undermined the Blues’ ability to see the game out.
“The stuff streaming down Roberto Mancini's face was rain rather than sweat but when analysing how his side came to be knocked out of the League Cup at the first hurdle, the Manchester City manager will feel very uncomfortable,” it reads.
“Once more, his defence was found wanting, once more a lead was lost – this time to an Aston Villa side that performed way above expectations.”
Elsewhere, the touchline disagreement between Roberto Mancini and Paul Lambert seems to have taken top billing over the football, with the Daily Mirror’s David McDonell writing a story titled: Shaddap you face.
“City manager wants rivals to "shut up" - as he feels they would when visiting places such as Old Trafford - after tempers fray during Cup defeat,” the story reads.
“I am tired with this manager because I didn’t say anything to him,” said Mancini.
“I asked the fourth official if it was a yellow card without moving my hands. But he [Lambert] comes every time.
“I’m tired of this, very tired. I am tired with their behaviour and it’s better that some managers shut up because I didn’t speak with this manager.”
He said: "Javi Garcia, Maicon and Nastasic all need time. Benfica has a top squad, they win every game. Here it's tough, every game is difficult."
“It is difficult for him – he is a human being and is probably not 100 per cent. We can only solve this problem by working harder – that’s the only way to improve,” he said.
“I don’t think he needs a rest. He played in the European Championship and after that he twice went travelling to Puerto Rico and to Spain to play Saudi Arabia.
“That may be the reason he was so tired – he is not fresh. Spain could help us with this.”