Lescott - Mancini fires up City
Joleon Lescott says Roberto Mancini's Italian rants are the sign that Man City have been under-performing.
Last Updated: 24/10/10 11:22am
Manchester City players know they have been under-performing when fiery manager Roberto Mancini starts ranting in Italian, according to defender Joleon Lescott.
England international Lescott has revealed how Mancini blows his top when City's expensive megastars fail to live up to his high expectations.
The Italian boss is known among the City ranks for his outbursts and recently clashed with skipper Carlos Tevez in a furious half-time row during their Premier League win against Newcastle.
But Lescott insists Mancini's tantrums get the message over to his players and will help push City towards silverware.
The 28-year-old said: "He demands high standards and he let us know at half-time against Blackpool last week that we weren't pulling our weight.
"Does he shout? Yes when necessary.
"You have to respect your manager and when he's giving his opinion on how performances have gone you have to respect that.
"It was a shock though the first time I heard him raise his voice. It was last season and I was out injured.
"I heard his voice and thought 'Wow'. I came to the games when I was injured and I heard him while I was standing in the corridor."
Lescott added: "But no one wants to disrespect him or let him down. He understands that as well so it's not very often that he does tell us off.
"He gets the message across. Sometimes there might be an occasion where he speaks a bit of Italian.
"It's not just for us to understand - it might be a little blast of emotion to get it off his chest.
"I don't know if they are swear words - I don't speak Italian."