Galatasaray knocked Juventus out of the Champions League thanks to a 1-0 win on Wednesday but the Italian agreed the playing conditions were far too treacherous
The Turkish side knocked the Italian giants out of the Champions League thanks to Wesley Sneijder's late winner on Wednesday, after the clash was abandoned on Tuesday evening due to a heavy snowstorm which left the pitch heavily waterlogged and muddy.
Mancini believes the game should not have been played on Wednesday due to the treacherous conditions but heaped praise on his players for their endeavours.
"It was better not to play the game. It was dangerous for the players and you couldn't play football," he told Sky Italia.
"But in this game, we did a little more than Juventus and deserved to win today. It was hard to play the game, I said to don't play because it was hard for the players too".
"It was a difficult game. Because the pitch was difficult. But in the end we won the game," he then told NTV Spor.
"Sneijder played well, he is in a good shape and he scored a very important goal. This is important.
"If we compare this success with the one that we've achived last year, the current one was more important. Because Real Madrid and Juventus are bigger teams.
"This is a gift to our supporters. They were incredible yesterday and today too."