Aston Villa deserved to send a poor Manchester City crashing out of the Capital One Cup, claimed Roberto Mancini after their extra-time defeat yesterday.
Mancini – who was left bitter with the reaction by Villa boss Paul Lambert – watched as his side continued to fumble in form, losing 4-2 to the midland side.
City twice took the lead through Mario Balotelli and Aleksander Kolarov goals – but ex-Villa star Gareth Barry (O.G.), Charles N’Zogbia and a Gabriel Agbonlahor brace sent Lambert’s side marching on.
“It was a difficult match because Aston Villa were a good team,” said the Italian.
“We didn’t play well and we had some unlucky moments but they deserved to go through.
“We are so disappointed. We didn’t play well and our play is not quick, we want one touch more every time and this is no good.
“It is the fourth competition but it is the only competition we didn’t win and for that reason we wanted to stay in this cup because in two years we have won everything and are missing this one.”
And after watching City’s years of competition disappointment tick over to 38, Mancini was exchanged heated words with the former Norwich boss, and accused Premier League managers of having animosity towards him and his players.
“I am tired with these managers,” Mancini said. “I didn’t say anything to [Lambert]. There are some managers it is better to shut up.
“I asked only if there was a yellow card, without moving my hands, with the fourth official and he comes over to me.
“I didn’t speak with him. I don’t know what his reason is. I can understand if I was talking to him but I didn’t say anything.
“Sometimes these managers go to the big stadiums and the other manager says everything and they say nothing.”
Mancini also launched another scathing attack against his rivals Manchester United and claimed that preferential treatment at Old Trafford is used to boost their team.
“When managers go to [Old] Trafford, they say nothing,” he added. “When other managers talk about the referee they always sit on the bench.
“I don’t like this type of behaviour.”
But a calm Lamber brushed aside his comments after dumping out last year’s semi-finalists and steering his team into the League Cup’s fourth round.
“If that’s what he said then fine,” he said. “I respect him as a manager and an ex-player. It wasn’t really a spat. It was nothing.”