Mancini not bothered by Manchester City critics

The Premier League champions are unbeaten on the domestic front yet have struggled in Europe but their manager has dismissed scrutiny of his tactics
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has insisted he is not worried about his critics after coming under fire for a series of poor results in the Champions League.

After City’s 3-1 defeat at the hands of Ajax in the Champions League, many criticised the Italian for his tactics but the 47-year-old says he is confident in his ability and has the backing of his club.

"I don't read the newspapers," Mancini told reporters.
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"I know my job and I know when I make a mistake or do the right things. For this I talk with my club, my chairman and my staff. The other situations are not important."

Mancini also insisted his said are a "young club" in the Champions League and when asked if people expect too much from his side in Europe he added: "I don't know but maybe there are some that are happy for this, and some others that push for this.

"I don't know who or for which reason, but we are a young club for the Champions League. It could be that we lose some games.

"Maybe we should do better because we didn't play well against Ajax, but when we were 1-0 we had two incredible chances to score the second goal.

"I think in that competition, when you have a chance, you need to score and close the game."