You should respect me, blasts Mancini, as City face European night of destiny

MANCHESTER City manager Roberto Mancini lashed out at perceived disrespect yesterday as the Italian prepared for tonight’s must-win Champions League visit of Ajax.

Mancini banged his hand on the table and admonished reporters who asked about a mooted deal for him to take charge of Monaco in the summer, had he been forced out of City.

“I don’t understand why you continue to ask me [about] last year, last month. This is finished. Why? For which reason?” Mancini said, before defending his three-year reign at Eastlands.

“I stay here because my work is here. I worked for two years. I built with the chairman and the owner, this team. We won three trophies in two years. For 50 years we didn’t win. Never.

“You need to have respect for the people sometimes. I think you should have respect for this, for me, for the club, for the players. “I don’t understand why every time we talk about this.”

City welcome Ajax, who beat them 3-1 in Amsterdam two weeks ago, with just one point from three games and realistically needing a win this evening to maintain their hopes of avoiding a successive group-stage exit.