Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini said he wanted to “punch” midfielder Samir Nasri after his dazzling performance against Newcastle United on Saturday. Though City won comfortably, 4-0, Mancini expressed his frustration that the Frenchman does not always playing so well.
"I would like to give [Nasri] a punch,” City’s coach said. “Because a player like him should play like today always. Always. Every game. Maybe one game sometimes he can play [badly] but with his quality ... I don't know what was different on Saturday. I can't understand [why] sometimes a player with his quality doesn't play like today [in] every game."
Mancini also went on to criticize the rest of his squad, who will cede its English Premier League title to Manchester United at the end of the season. "The second year is always difficult to win [the title] again,” he added. “And sometimes the players can think it is enough to play 50 percent. Probably we had this problem this year."