Mancini stands by formation

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Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is adamant top players should be able to fit into any system - and insisted only weak teams would collapse after one defeat.

With his side losing 3-1 against Ajax on Wednesday, Mancini hauled off Joleon Lescott to play three defenders, and they immediately conceded again.

In his post-match interview Micah Richards claimed his team-mates did not like the system, but Mancini said on Friday: "If you are a top player it is not important what system you use. If you don't understand a system like that, you cannot play for a top team."

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