Mancini plays down reaction
Roberto Mancini insists he has no problem with James Milner despite his negative reaction to being substituted.
Last Updated: 15/04/11 8:13am
Man City boss Roberto Mancini insists he has no problem with James Milner despite his negative reaction to being substituted on Monday.
The England international was seen shaking his head after being replaced in the second half of their dismal 3-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.
Milner's reaction has again raised question marks over spirit in City's camp, although Mancini does not want to see a player happy to be replaced.
The Italian does not believe Milner was being disrespectful, claiming the former Aston Villa playmaker is a 'good' guy.
"I like it when a player is not happy when he comes off," explained Mancini.
"It doesn't mean he has no respect for the manager. It is no problem. James is a good guy.
"At this moment, we should be happy. When we started the season our target was to reach the Champions League and try to win a trophy.
"We are one month away from the end of the season and we are in a good way. Now it depends on us."
City have spent big in recent seasons in an attempt to end their trophy drought and they are one match away from reaching the FA Cup final this weekend.
Mancini knows that claiming the first trophy can often be the hardest and he has called on his troops to stay calm and composed ahead of their Manchester United showdown at Wembley.
"The first trophy is the hardest but it is time for Manchester City to win something," he continued.
"When you build a new team you can always lose matches, like we did against Liverpool.
"It is the first time in a year that we played like that. And it was better to happen at Liverpool than on Saturday.
"I know we have improved a lot. The important thing is that we don't go there and think about the enormity of the game. We cannot afford for our heads to get full with the occasion."