Man City 2 Aston Villa 4: Mancini ‘tired’ of opposition boss’ behaviour
Man City 2 Aston Villa 4: Roberto Mancini says he is "very tired" of opposing managers' behaviour after a spat with Paul Lambert
Roberto Mancini admitted he is “very tired” of the behaviour of opposition managers after the Italian had a spat with Paul Lambert during Aston Villa’s extra-time victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
Mancini’s side twice took the lead through Mario Balotelli and Aleksandar Kolarov, but Gareth Barry’s own goal and Gabriel Agbonlahor’s strike ensured an additional 30 minutes.
Charles N’Zogbia’s 97th-minute effort and Agbonlahor’s second of the night eliminated the Premier League champions from the Capital One Cup in the third round.
The City manager expressed his displeasure at Joe Bennett’s tackle on Barry during the match, and the Italian was particularly irked by Lambert’s reaction to the incident.
“I didn’t say anything to him [Lambert],” he said. “There are some managers it is better to shut up.
“I asked the fourth official if there was a yellow card, without moving my hands, and he comes over to me.
“I can understand if I was talking to him but I didn’t say anything.
“I am very tired with their behaviour. Sometimes these managers go to the big stadiums and the other manager says everything and they say nothing.
“When they go to [Old] Trafford, they say nothing. When other managers talk about the referee they always sit on the bench. I don’t like this type of behaviour.”
However, Villa manager Lambert played down the incident, emphasising his respect for the Citizens boss.
“It was nothing. If that’s what he said then fine. I respect him as a manager and an ex-player,” he said.