Pablo defends passionate Mancini
- Thu 08 Nov 2012, 8:24AM
- Posted by Nicola McCarthy
The spotlight remains firmly on City’s Champions League campaign this morning as critics far and wide continue to add their two cents to what the latest result means for the club.
Hardly surprisingly, the main focus is still on Mancini and the manner in which he reacted to the 2-2 draw with Ajax on Tuesday night.
“Roberto Mancini will always let his emotions show,” writes The Daily Star’s Dave Armitage.
“That’s the verdict of Manchester City star Pablo Zabaleta after Mancini’s Champions League meltdown.
“City’s Italian boss went on the pitch to confront referee Peter Rasmussen at the final whistle.
“He was furious after his side were denied a Sergio Aguero strike, because Aleksandar Kolarov was ruled offside, and a penalty in the dying moments of their 2-2 draw with Ajax.
“The result all but destroyed City’s hopes of qualifying from the group stage.
“But Argentina international Zabaleta reckons his manager is not cracking under the pressure of managing the world’s richest club.”
In other news, The Daily Mail reports that the City chief has ramped up his pursuit of Roma's Daniele De Rossi.
“Mancini will ask Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain to sign Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi in January,” claims the paper’s Ian Ladyman.
“City pursued the Italy star all last summer but he stayed put.
However, De Rossi, 29, has told friends in Rome he wants to leave his hometown club and will ask for a transfer.
“Roma would want in excess of £20million and the player would expect to be paid around £100,000- a-week.
“This could be a problem for City as they look to keep within UEFA's financial fair play guidelines.”
Remember, we here at mcfc.co.uk will be first to bring you news of any new acquisitions as the winter window approaches.