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My dad? He’s better than Mourinho! Roberto Mancini junior jumps to defence of Manchester City boss

By Dean Wilkins

With criticism for Manchester City’s boss on and off-field antics growing, Roberto Mancini’s son is jumping to his defence – even claiming that he knows more about football than Jose Mourinho.

Mancini’s attack on reporters following an admission that he spoke with Monaco about a potential switch before agreeing a five-year deal and bombardment about his relationship with Mario Balotelli has left the Italian under heavy scrutiny.

But as the Premier League leaders prepare for their juggernaut clash with Real Madrid on Wednesday, in attempt to revive their hopeless Champions League run, former City academy player Andrea Mancini has scorned the media for their approach to his dad.

“I don’t understand the criticism,” he told Spanish newspaper Marca. “He’s just become a Premier League champion with City, which they haven’t won for 44 years. I don’t know what more he has to do.”

Mancini junior was released by the Blues and now plies his trade with Real Valladolid after a switch to La Liga.

And as Spanish champions Real Madrid prepare to travel to the Etihad Stadium, Mancini insists his dad outweighs Portuguese mastermind Mourinho in vital qualities.

The 20-year-old said: “They aren’t alike. My father was a player for many years and you notice this. He has a lot of experience and knows more about football than Mou.

“Mourinho is more psychological, more of a motivator, he knows how to manage the minds of the players. The ideal coach would be a mixture of the two.”

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