Man City star Samir Nasri talks up Pellegrini, criticises Mancini
Samir Nasri has talked up Manuel Pellgrini’s prospects of success at Manchester City while suggesting former boss Roberto Mancini was unable to get to grips with different personalities in the City dressing room.
The France international was full of praise for the man widely expected to become his new manager.
He said: “I think that (Manuel Pellegrini) is a great manager. He proved himself at Villarreal and Real Madrid as well even if he didn’t win the title but he finished with 96 points. And with Malaga as well.
“All his teams play attractive football. And I think that is what people want to see.
“You pay (for your) ticket to go to football to see something great and he is the kind of manager who can do it so we will see what can happen in the summer.”
Recently sacked Mancini did not receive such a ringing endorsement. Nasri suggested that, while he personally had responded to the Italian’s tough-love management style, other members of the squad had not.
He explained: “Every single player has an ego so maybe to touch the ego of the player so that he can have a positive reaction – that’s what happened with me (when Roberto Mancini criticised Samir Nasri in public). But maybe it doesn’t work with everyone.
“That’s where you can see a big manager is someone who is really smart and knows how to deal with every player because everyone is different.
“Maybe for me it is going to be OK that you public and criticise me but some players need more affection. So it is a tough call for a manager to find a good balance between those situations.”
You’ll probably find the names of those Mancini criticised publicly who didn’t respond well roll off the tongue pretty easily.