Nasri bagged the winner for City as they came back from one goal down to claim a 2-1 win over Chelsea on Wednesday night, but could only earn begrudging praise from his manager, who, while comparing him to Xavi admitted he needed to ‘improve’ on his recent performances for the title-chasing club.
However Nasri has countered his manager’s claims, and says that he needs an arm round the shoulder from the Italian rather than the tough love on offer in order to reach the peak that saw him bag 15 goals for Arsenal last season.
“I am someone who works with love,” he told reporters. “I like to have a dad with me, then I can give everything.
“That is what I am starting to feel here, that everyone is giving me the confidence - the owners and the manager.'
Nasri has endured a slow start to his career with City following his summer switch from the Gunners, but displayed some of the ability against Chelsea that prompted the Citizens to splash £24 million on him before the start of the season.
The Frenchman hit the woodwork twice before linking up well with the returning Carlos Tevez to slide home the winner late on and reduce the gap to Manchester United at the top of the table to just one point.
When asked about Mancini’s comparisons to Xavi or his Barca team-mate Andreas Iniesta, the former Marseille forward admitted he still has some way to go before reaching their levels.
“I don't know about that,” Nasri said of his manager’s comments. “At the moment they are on top, and I am 24.
“I can't say I will be like Iniesta - it would be silly to say that. But I can do my own thing and if I have confidence I can get better."