Roberto Mancini has swipe at Joe Hart after Cristiano Ronaldo stuns Manchester City

Manager reacts to goalkeeper's comments in wake of 3-2 Champions League defeat

Madrid

Having kept his side in their first group game in the Champions League last night with what Jose Mourinho called an "incredible" performance, Manchester City's Joe Hart was beaten by Cristiano Ronaldo's last-minute winner and ticked off by his manager.

Seeing off any criticism for his part in the late goal the goalkeeper said City "won and lost as a team" but Mancini snapped: "Joe Hart should stay in goal and make saves. If anyone should criticise the team it should be me, not Joe Hart. I am the judge, not Joe Hart."

It was an overspill of frustration from Mancini who also said his team had lacked courage in letting slip what would have been a famous victory, allowing Karim Benzema to score his first goal of the season and Ronaldo his 152nd goal in 151 appearances in the last three minutes as Real won 3-2.

Exasperated by his side folding at the death Mancini said: "We go too deep sometimes and leave the opponents to play on the edge of our box. I don't want us to continue defending like this. We made mistakes for this reason. At 2-1 we only had to continue playing as we had throughout the second half.

"It's difficult to take, not because we lost – because you can lose against a team like Real Madrid – but because with two minutes to go we were 2-1 up. We wouldn't have conceded if we had not been defending so deep. We should have had more courage at the end."

Vincent Kompany had ducked as Ronaldo shot. "I don't know why," said Mancini. "I haven't asked him why this happened. Usually he doesn't do this, but he makes the mistake this time.'

The result means the start to their Champions League campaign is even worse than last season but they will at least feel their most difficult fixture is out of the way. Mancini said: "We should be disappointed that we have lost this point but we can improve.

"Other teams will lose here. We have five games and it is important that we beat Dortmund in the next game. It will be difficult because Dortmund are a top team."

He also defended himself against the accusation that he had been too defensive. "When you play here, it is not easy. We did what we wanted and scored two goals. Then we made the mistake of dropping off. We have to have more courage sometimes."

The result gave Mourinho the last laugh over Mancini and over the critics who were sharpening their knives as soon as they saw the Real Madrid coach's team selection. "Of course I expect the criticism. I am crazy for leaving Sergio Ramos out and all the creative ones on the sidelines.'

He said he was thinking about "all the headlines that would need to be re-written" as he slid along the touchline to celebrate the late goal.

"We kept going right until the end and that is Real Madrid's DNA. Ramos didn't play because the coach decided not to pick him. No more than that. It was a football decision."

He said he had selected his team for an opponent he knew would look to defend. "They were very defensive in the first half because a draw in the Bernabeu is a good result. I was ready for that. But the game was more open after [Edin] Dzeko scored."

The way the game was freed up after City had taken the lead through the Bosnian striker in the 69th minute was Mancini's biggest gripe – Ronaldo its biggest benefactor.

The former Manchester United winger said: "I celebrate when I want to. We played very well and never gave in."

Mancini admitted that Sergio Aguero would have played a part if Samir Nasri had not broken down in the first half. Interviewed afterwards by Spanish media the striker made a frank admission: "I'm at City because Real Madrid didn't want me. If they had wanted me I would have joined."

 

Get Adobe Flash player

 



PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Sport
CSKA Moscow celebrate after equalising with a late penalty
football

Arts and Entertainment
music
Life and Style
tech

Company reveals $542m investment in start-up building 'a rocket ship for the mind'

News
Bourgogne wine maker Laboure-Roi vice president Thibault Garin (L) offers the company's 2013 Beaujolais Nouveau wine to the guest in the wine spa at the Hakone Yunessun spa resort facilities in Hakone town, Kanagawa prefecture, some 100-kilometre west of Tokyo
i100
Arts and Entertainment
James Blunt's debut album Back to Bedlam shot him to fame in 2004
music

Singer says the track was 'force-fed down people's throats'

Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album