Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure thinks Roberto Mancini is a better man-manager than Pep Guardiola.
Toure had an unhappy time under Guardiola at Barca and believes his boss at the Etihad Stadium deal with his player far better.
“Mancini is closer to his players,” said Toure in response to being quizzed on the difference between the two managers.
“He talks more than Guardiola. He calls you into his office and holds a quiet talk with you, listening more to what you’ve got to say.
“For example, it’s not easy to see Nasri or Aguero on the bench in Naples. And if you leave Balotelli on the bench, it is not an easy choice either.
“Or even Adam Johnson, who is a very good player. Everyone wants to play."
The Ivorian also had praise for the way in which Mancini shuffles his squad to keep all his expensive stars happy.
“Mancini shuffles and handles this perfectly without hurting anyone,” added the 28-year-old.
“On the other hand, Guardiola waits for moments of pressure to get closer to you. It is much of a wrong attitude, I feel.
“Of course, those who play in Barcelona today will not say anything, but ask those who are gone like Zlatan Ibrahimovic.”
Roberto Mancini commented on the speculation surrounding Yaya’s older brother Kolo, with suggestions the defender will request a move in January.
Mancini denied that any such request had been made, saying that the older Toure was still firmly in his plans.
“At the moment he’s never said this to me. He is part of my plans as he has never told me he wanted to leave,” said the Citizens chief.
“And I have never said to him ‘Kolo, you can leave’.”
City take on Bayern Munich tomorrow at the Etihad Stadium, where they much win to have any chance of making it through the Champions League knockout stages.