‘Blame Mancini for my worst season’: Manchester City’s Samir Nasri launches attack on ex-Blues boss

By Marios Papaloizou

Manchester City maestro Samir Nasri has launched a scathing attack on former Blues boss Roberto Mancini’s methods after the player endured his ‘worst season’ since becoming a professional.  

The midfielder joined City in 2011 but fell out of favour with Mancini and was forced to spend prolonged periods on the Citizens’ bench.

Nasri has now revealed that he suffered a fractured relationship with the Italian boss that led to his decline in form.

“[Last season] I endured my worst season since becoming a professional,” Nasri told the Sun.

“I am now quite happy at Manchester City whereas there was no way I could be last season.

“Roberto signed me and I started games but he would take me off before the end.”

“We had some disagreements and I had some problems with him, as his methods are very different to Arsene Wenger’s at Arsenal.”

The Frenchman, who had a stellar season for Arsenal before snubbing Manchester United to join City, believes that Mancini’s lack of psychological nous meant the pair were destined to clash.

“As a boss, Mancini was a typical Italian. He does not try to be close to his players,” Nasri said.

“He would arrive at the training ground and not even say hello. He’s just tell you what he wanted to do.

“Wenger would go round the dressing room every day and talk with his players. You could express yourself.”

The City star has been primarily restricted to the bench this season however, he has revealed that he is much happier under the management of new boss Manuel Pellegrini.

“Although I am on the bench I’m always the first to come on. Being a substitute does not worry me,” he said.

“I had a chat with Manuel and I will see what happens.

“His training sessions are truly something special. He came to see me on his first day in charge and told me he is counting on me.

“He said I am an important player and told me I will get games.

“I want to have a great season now. I’m wound up for it like a cuckoo clock.” 

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