Mancini plays down City rift

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Roberto Mancini has refused to be affected by Carlos Tevez's actions on Tuesday night, and insists his Manchester City players are fully focused on their weekend trip to Blackburn Rovers.

The Argentine has been suspended by the club ahead of an investigation over his actions in Germany where he allegedly refused to come on as a substitute against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League.

Asked if the events had made it one of the most difficult weeks of his managerial career, Mancini responded, "No, no absolutely no.

"Why is it difficult? Some situations can happen in football, in your job. It's important that the past is finished.


"I don't have any complications. Only one complication that we had two days ago is that we lost against Bayern Munich, only this."

Mancini's 'strong management' approach has received backing from bosses right across the Barclays Premier League, including from local rival Sir Alex Ferguson.

But the Italian tactician didn't want to be drawn on the issue again, as he preferred to focus on football.

"We started very well [on Tuesday]," he added. "We can do a fantastic season, I don't have this problem.

"It is normal that one player is not happy to leave the pitch in an important game or to stay on the bench, it's a normal situation for every manager."

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