Friday, 5 August 2011

News: Mancini speaks ahead of another Wembley Derby

In his interview with the media, Mancini spoke out about the game itself, Carlos Tevez, Mario Balotelli's recent comments and whether exciting new prospect Sergio Aguero will start against our fierce rivals.

Even though the Community Shield has usually been treated as a friendly in the past, there is certainly a different vibe to it this year from both camps, and Mancini himself admitted the opposition certainly helps matters:

""It is the first official match of the season. It is important because it is a derby and we want to win, like United. But I don't think the teams at the moment are 100 per cent ready to play."

Mancini hopes to be lifting another
trophy come Saturday evening
Mancini has also confirmed that Tevez was always expected to arrive back on Monday and that there have been no fresh approaches for last season's top scorer, and he expects him to be here for the start of the season.

"Carlos comes back Monday, because he had 21 days off after the Copa America," he told the media present. "That was the agreement with him."

"Carlos is a City player. At the moment we don't have any news about other teams, so Carlos will play for Manchester City"

One person who is expected to play at the weekend is Mario Balotelli, whose comments last weekend caused some concern among City fans, but Mancini has reassured the City faithful that he understands the comments, and it is natural for Mario to be feeling like this

"Mario's the same, he's not changed. I think he maybe wanted to say that he was missing his family and his friends."

"I've spoken with him many times and he loves the supporters, he loves his team-mates, and he likes to play in the Barclays Premier League." he said. "He's young, he's only 21 years old, and he's maybe missing his family."
"When you start to play football, you are a professional player, and this situation can happen if you want to go and play in a different country. It's normal."

Mancini revealed that Aguero will be starting on the bench this weekend though, with the club reluctant to put him straight into the firing line after a demanding summer for the young Argentine forward
"Sergio is okay" said Mancini. "He will train today (Friday)"
"He is not 100% ready but he is fit to come on the bench"

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