Roberto Mancini reveals why he raged at Mario Balotelli for that back-heel flick and reiterated his admiration for Daniele De Rossi.
The Manchester City manager spoke to Italian media station Rete Sport ahead of their Champions League clash with Napoli.
“We'll face a side that did very well last season and with their new buys will ensure Napoli give real trouble to every opponent,” said Mancini.
“It's very tough in England, as last season Chelsea won seven games in a row with a nine-point advantage over Manchester United, but in the end United won it with a 10-point gap. We're trying to improve on what we did last year.”
One of the viral hits of the summer was Mancini raging at Balotelli for a back-heel flick to miss an open goal during a friendly.
“Why did I get angry with him? Because I'd have scored that! Joking aside, Mario has to prove every single day with all the quality he has that he's one of the best strikers in the world. He can only do that by giving his all in training and on the field.”
Mancio would like to bring Roma and Italy star De Rossi to Eastlands, especially as his contract expires in June 2012.
“De Rossi is one of the greatest midfielders in the world and I have always thought that. However, is a Roman and a Romanista, so I doubt he'll ever leave Roma.
“I am pleased that Roma signed Fernando Gago, as I liked him a lot, but we couldn't really spend any more due to the financial fair play regulations, so we got Owen Hargreaves instead.”