Roberto Mancini frustrated by Bayern Munich chief’s criticism
Roberto Mancini voices his frustration at Karl-Heinz Rummenigge's latest comments ahead of Champions League clash
Roberto Mancini has hit out at Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge over his persistent criticism of the Eastlands club.
Mancini’s men take on the Bundesliga outfit, who have already booked their place in the last 16 as group winners, at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.
And Rummenigge again laid into the Premier League club in the build-up to their Group A clash, saying that City should be banned from playing in Europe if they do not adhere to Uefa’s strict new Financial Fair Play rules.
“I don’t understand Rummenigge’s behaviour against Manchester City,” Mancini told a news conference. “For six months he talks against us every time for Financial Fair Play and he continues to say he hopes Napoli go through to the second stage.
“I don’t know what’s different with us. I think Manchester City are working for this Financial Fair Play for the next two years. But I don’t understand what happening with Rummenigge. Tomorrow I will ask him.”
Although Mancini can understand why some may feel threatened by City’s sharp rise to prominence, he admitted his surprise at Rummenigge’s remarks.
“I think every team is worried about Manchester City because Manchester City in the future could become one of the top clubs in the world,” he continued.
“But you don’t want to see that every time an important man like Rummenigge who is the Bayern Munich chief executive and a representative of a top club in the world, every time he says things against us.
“Because there are other teams in Europe that have a problem with Financial Fair Play, not only Manchester City.”