26th March, 2012
Manchester City assistant manager, David Platt, defended Roberto Mancini after the Italian refused to carry out his media duties following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Stoke City.
Mancini left Platt to do the interviews after a result which put them top on goal difference but which opened the door to Manchester United to go three points clear if they win at Fulham tonight.
The Italian did not shake the hand of Stoke manager Tony Pulis either but Platt said nothing should be read into his actions.
“It’s not a case of being too angry – he’s just wary that he might say something that gets him in hot water,” Platt explained at the time.
“It’s about the way the game unfolded. It is very difficult when you come here and sometimes you look for a bit of protection.
“It’s a bit hot afterwards but once he’s calmed down he’ll be fine.”
You know what he is like and if he comes in and something goes out where it is lost in translation…”
Stoke’s physical style of play does not win them many friends but City could have no complaints about their goal, smashed in by Peter Crouch from 25 yards.