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Mancio Responds To Redknapp's City Criticism

Shrewd Roberto Mancini has responded to crafty Harry Redknapp's opinions about Manchester City this week by dishing out some of his own...

Redknapp had bemoaned the Mancunian club's wealth and done little for the skills of football management, particularly that of dealing with volatile superstars, by stating anyone could manage The Citizens.

The City boss joked:

'Harry can borrow money from us if he needs some. He is jealous for his wife, I hope, not for Manchester City spending money!

'Many people say this, he is not the first...the difference now is every time City goes to buy one player that costs maybe eight or nine million, when City arrive there, the price is £20 million.

'But if you have a chance to spend, you must buy good players if you can. I think Tottenham have bought good players. Maybe not in two years like us, but in the last 10 years they have bought good players and spent money like all the top teams.

'We have good players but Tottenham are the same...Van der Vaart, Bale, Gallas, Kaboul, Lennon, Adebayor and Modric. I don't think they are young players without experience. For this reason they can win the title.'

Mancio has called for absolute focus from side in what promises to be a very good game of footy tomorrow:

'I think when you play against a top squad like Tottenham, United or Chelsea and you win it, your mentality improves. Your feeling is better, your confidence is better. I think that is very important, like when we beat Arsenal at home...It is not easy to recover eight points if they Spurs lose, but everything can happen. We did not think United could lose at home to Blackburn or at Newcastle. So, for this reason, if you don't take every game at 100% it is difficult.'

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Writer: Johnny Baguette VMC Newsdesk Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 21 2012

Time: 2:08PM

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I am a spurs fan, if any ofyou had the guts, you wold admit that money does but success. I admire a lot of your players, but we just can't afford the wages that you can now pay them. Why couldn't you do this before the oil barons came along, why couldn't you pay the wages then? Because you were in the same boat. We know it goes on, Its all fact not jealousy. The same happened to the Chavs, The same has happened to Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia, and a Chinese club. Just ahve the guts to admit it.
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21/01/2012 14:23:00

The guts to admit it? Wtf are you talking about? Of course having the ability to buy the best and pay similar to what the top clubs pay gives you an advantage, nobody's denying that. It's not the be all and end all though, if it was you wouldn't fail to finish above Arsenal year on year.
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21/01/2012 14:29:00

Try explaining that to you manager, he seems to think that money dosen't buy success!
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21/01/2012 14:42:00

Money didn't buy Pellegrini, Hughes, Keegan, and others success.
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21/01/2012 14:47:00

It doesn't necessarily buy success, does it? Real Madrid have proved that on a number of occasions. And like I said if it did you would finish above your neighbours considering you consistently outspend them.
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21/01/2012 14:47:00

Bluedub speaking nonsense again. in the last 4 years we have spent 250k more than the goons at just over 90 million City have spent over 400 million in the same period. Of course money buys success..... If it didnt then West ham and Blackpool would compete for the title and they don't.
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21/01/2012 14:57:00

EvraSpur, Spurs have outspent Arsenal in every season up to this one since 05/06 and finished below Arsenal every season in that time. That is a fact my friend.
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21/01/2012 15:08:00

Bluedub - Exactly! The Arsenal-Spurs gap was huge a few years ago but has been closed (and may open up the other way round by the end of the year) partially due to wise investment. Although if you include wages (which Arsenals is about £30m+ more consistently) they have spent much more then spurs on players...unless of course those 'saintly' Gooners have been playing for free all this time
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21/01/2012 16:26:00

blackrat you are a knob and clearly don't actually know any City fans. Money doesn't guarantee success...but it brings it one hell of a lot closer. Every City fan knows we've won the lottery and we're fed up at having to apologise for it by now. You sound like a jealous Gooner not a decent Spuds fan. In 05/06 you finished 5th. In 06/07 you finished 5th. Back then, we had Samaras as our star striker. Deal with it and talk about the footy. 11 vs 11.
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21/01/2012 20:46:00

The wages paid to players are mad, utterly mad. But how much do U*d pay Rooney? Why are City the focus of the "you're the only ones ruining football"? Is the £50k PER WEEK paid to a Spurs player sensible? Not in any sane world. But this is the false world of PL football. I dare say that history and accounts would show that the clubs at the top of ANY league have paid their players more than those lower down.
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22/01/2012 10:16:00

I still think City will slip up and both Utd and Spurs over take them in the table - and Liverpool knock them out of the Carling Cup at the return match - Mankini will then be sacked at the end of the season! lol
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22/01/2012 17:05:00

You're confusing hope with think again mate.
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22/01/2012 18:21:00

lol BD - nah - its not hope - its WISH hahaha
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