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The Ivory Coast international does not envy the task of managing a 23-man squad, explaining some of the "rows" that take place in the dressing room after a defeat

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has praised under-fire manager Roberto Mancini, emphasising the difficulty of the Italian's job by warning that it can "make you become less sane".

The Italian has found himself under significant pressure as City appear highly likely to depart the Champions League at the group stages for the second season runnin, and Saturday's Premier League draw against West Ham opened up a two-point gap between themselves and leaders Manchester United.

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The former Inter manager also expressed his distaste at being questioned by journalists over the talks that he held with other clubs at various points last season.

Toure, however, only had positive words to offer with regards to the 47-year-old's temperament, telling L'Equipe: "Mancini is a sane and sensitive man but often the job can make you become less sane.

"It is difficult to have 23 professional players and choose only 11."

The ex-Barcelona midfielder also admitted that arguments occur between City players following disappointing results but insists that this is simply the natural, constructive response of a squad who possess a winning mentality.

"Of course we have rows," he said. "In great teams there are characters and different egos. We don't accept defeat, so when we lose there are quarrels."

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