Platt defends under-fire Mancini

The Italian has come in for criticism for being too negative after
successive goalless draws against Manchester United and Birmingham.
Home fans reacted by chanting “What is going on” when Mancini opted
to replace Carlos Tevez with Gareth Barry towards the end of City’s
latest stalemate. It seemed an unfathomable move given
£18million Brazilian striker Jo was also on the bench at the
time. Yet Platt is quick to reject any notion of Mancini being a
defensive coach. “It is wrong for people to level at the gaffer
that he is a defensive coach,” said Platt. “He isn’t, in any way,
shape or form. “It is too easy to look at it and say you have taken
a striker off and put a midfield player on. It isn’t a computer
game. “We more or less camped out in the Birmingham half for the
majority of the second half. “But people felt because we were
playing Birmingham it was three points guaranteed. It is never that
in the Premier League.” Platt also revealed Tevez, who has opted to
remain in Manchester rather than head off to Doha for Argentina’s
high-profile friendly with Brazil, is still troubled by the injury
that saw him fly home for treatment earlier this month. “Carlos has
a dead leg,” he said. “What happens when he plays is that it
loosens off but unfortunately, it comes back again. “The last 10 or
15 minutes of any game, when you have expended as much energy as he
did in midweek, become very dangerous. “The one thing we didn’t
want to happen was for Carlos to pull a muscle and be out for three
or four weeks.”