Robinho hits out at Mancini

Manchester City's Brazilian flop Robinho has hit out at the tactics employed by current Citizens head coach Roberto Mancini.

The 26-year-old forward has headed home to join Santos on a six-month loan, before aiming fire at Mancini's methods.

He told the Daily Mail:"Mancini has a different way of thinking. In Brazil the coach respects the player's characteristics. In Europe, they are used to playing with two lines of four players and they don't want to know what you can do.

"There, if you are a forward, the coach sends you on to the pitch just to run. You have to run and that's it."

Meanwhile, former City assistant manager Mark Bowen has suggested that the South American was not up to the physical demands of the game in England.

He stated:"He took a lot of stick, but he did massively underperform, especially away from home. I just thought that, physically, he wasn't really up to the challenges of the Premier League.

"There is no doubting that if and when he went to another league, or back to Brazil, it would be a different style of football and it would suit him better.

"We always felt he could possibly blossom and get used to the Premier League, but he wasn't really up to the week-in week-out challenges."

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