Mancini unworried by bust-ups

Twice players have not seen eye-to-eye at Carrington after Jerome

Boateng and Mario Balotelli’s tangle was followed by Emmanuel

Adebayor and Kolo Toure’s scrap. City’s exposed training ground

means that every altercation is picked up by the watching media,

although Mancini accepts that player disagreements are part and

parcel of the game. Mancini was accustomed to squaring up to

team-mates as a player in training and is happy letting the matter

pass providing the quarrel ends once the session finishes.

“Sometimes we fight for them [the photographers] so they can sell

their pictures,” he joked. “I played football. I know that in every

team sometimes these things can happen. When you stay and train

every day and play a match at 100 per cent, it can happen this way.

“I had a fight on the training ground about five times in my

career. One time when I was young I had a fight in training against

an English player who was playing with me at Sampdoria – Trevor

Francis. “I don’t remember the cause of it because it was about 25

years ago, but I remember the fight very well. It’s important that

afterwards, it was finished. “I’m not bothered about the headlines,

no, no, absolutely not. I like players to be competitive on the

training ground, but this happens at every club. “We give a fine to

the players for fighting because we mustn’t do this, but it happens

again. Sometimes not, sometimes it’s better to. “It’s never serious

because it starts and finishes in two minutes and in the dressing

room everything is finished. We fine the player, the player pays

and in the end any money may go to charity. “We call it creative

tensions. I understand that this can happen sometimes – not always

– but it can happen sometimes. I’m not worried because it’s not

serious. It’s for stupid things, always.”