Man City manager Roberto Mancini: Samir Nasri can do better
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes Samir Nasri can "do better" after a below-par start to the Premier League term
Roberto Mancini has challenged Manchester City playmaker Sami Nasri to improve ahead of the Citizens’ clash against Everton on Saturday.
The France international has not started City’s last two Premier League games, although the 25-year-old has been struggling with a calf injury.
Nasri has scored once in nine Premier League appearances this term, but the City manager wants to see more from the former Arsenal midfielder.
“In my opinion we are talking about a top, top player here,” he said. “And if he wants he can change every game. But I think he can do better.
“He has played some good games for us but he can do better because he has everything. No, I don’t think he has struggled [since joining City from Arsenal in 2011].
“When I say this, we are talking about a player like [Yaya] Toure or [David] Silva – we always think they can change every game they play because they are capable of doing that.”
He added: “But sometimes in spells when we are playing a lot of games in a short space of time – like at the moment – a player can be tired,” he continued.
“Samir also had a problem with his calf in the last two games but I wait for him to play always a fantastic game because he can do this.”