Mancini – ‘Top players can play in any system’

Manchester City manager Roberto ManciniManchester City manager Roberto Mancini claims that top players should be able to play in any system ahead of their Premier League clash with Swansea this weekend.

Mancini’s City lost 3-1 to Ajax in their Champions League group game on Wednesday night and defender Micah Richards questioned the Italian’s approach to the game, sparking rumours that there is unrest within the City dressing room.

But Mancini believes that top players should be able to play in any system and that he is not worried about the comments made by Richards after Wednesday’s defeat in Amsterdam.

He told Sky Sports: “If you are a top player it is not important which system you use. If you don’t understand then you are not a top player and you can’t play for a top team.

“I don’t want to speak about Micah. He just answered the questions. It is not important what Micah said after the game. We work hard everyday and all of the players know the system.

“We didn’t concede a goal because we changed the system. We conceded the third goal because we made a mistake.”

Mancini also admitted that his team are capable of bouncing back from their disappointing loss to Ajax because his team are not a weak side.

“I think that when you play an important game and you lose you are disappointed. I am disappointed like all of my players,” he added.

“Despite everything, we played a bad game. Maybe now it is difficult to go through, but we have an important season. If we are like this after one defeat then we are really weak. But I don’t think this.”

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