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Given: Mancini blast sparked City

02 Dec 2010 16:20:09

| Submit Comments| Printable Version1/1Play SlideshowClose MapRoberto ManciniManchester City manager Roberto Mancini is determined his team match his own high standards - or else. Goalkeeper Shay Given revealed that the Italian boss lost his cool in the dressing room at half-time on Wednesday night. The response was emphatic with Mancini's side securing a comfortable 3-0 victory against Austrian champions Salzburg and a place in the next phase of the Europa League with a game to spare. City started the match with a flourish but were only one goal ahead at the break thanks to a cracking volley from Mario Balotelli. The former Inter Milan striker extended their lead in the second half with before Adam Johnson sealed the win with a fine individual effort. It means City will go into the home match against Bolton on Saturday in good heart as they attempt to secure a place in Europe again next season - this time in the Champions League. While Mancini's voice barely rises above a whisper when he address the media it is a different story with his players. Given said: "The manager was really upset at half-time, he felt we could have done better. "We improved in the second half, we got a couple of goals and could have scored more. We are delighted with the three goals and myself and the guys at the back are happy with a clean sheet as well." It was only his third game of the season after he lost his place to Joe Hart and Given savoured the fact the supporters sang his name. He said: "The fans have been fantastic since day one. It was nice they remember my name. "It was good to pull the shirt back on and play. Joe is having a great season and so you have to bide your time." City round off their group games by facing Juventus in Turin on December 16 - the Italians have exited the competition after a draw with Lech Poznan. Given believes they have a realistic chance of winning the competition with the final close to home in Dublin. He said: "That would be fantastic and to pick up the trophy there would be great. Although there will be tough games ahead there is no reason why we cannot go all the way. "For the moment we are delighted to get through to the next stage. It would be nice to finish the group as leaders. We did not want it to go down to the last game against Juventus." What do you think? Have your say.


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