Mancini amused by Ferguson’s ‘mind game’ claim: Platt

London: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has rejected Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson’s claims that he would not be able to beat him at mind games.

Manchester City coach David Platt said Mancini was also amused at Fergie’s accusation that he had brought back Carlos Tevez out of “desperation”.

“I read it and when you look at the quotes, Sir Alex hasn`t necessarily said that. It seems it was a bit tongue in cheek and there was a bit of fun there - I don`t know,” The Mirror quoted Platt, as saying.

“But Robbie just laughed, he just laughed. It`s not a problem to him. It`s not about him and it`s not about Sir Alex. It`s about the two teams alone and apart,” he added.

Platt also rejected suggestions that Mancini is cracking up under the pressure of the title race.

“He`s done it before and he wants to win. As regards the pressure on him, it`s not about whether he handles the pressure so much as whether the players go out and get the results. He`s fine. He`s beyond fine - seriously!” Platt said.

“He didn’t come up to speak to you because he didn’t want to get involved in things that would detract from the fact we’ve got eight games left,” he added.


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