Roberto Mancini strikes another sour note with ‘Judas’ gibe at Manchester City

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Roberto Mancini has been through this before, having been replaced at Inter Milan in 2008 despite winning a third straight Italian title. He knows what the expectations are at big clubs, and he knows what happens when you don’t meet them. If anybody should understand Manchester City letting him go after he failed to make progress last season, it’s Mancini.

Unfortunately, the current Galatasaray boss continues to be deeply embittered about his departure from Eastlands. Having previously tried to lay claim to City’s 2013-14 success, Mancini is back in the English press, calling his former clubs’ executives “Judas” for interviewing other coaching prospects while he was still under contract.

As reported by The Guardian:

“I found out [after leaving Manchester City] that they were talking to three or four managers in February, March and April. I know they were talking to Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti. And these were the same people I sat down with for dinner before the FA Cup final. It was like Judas …

“… they were working behind my back and sacked me two games before the end of the season. I did not even have the chance to say goodbye to the Manchester City fans.”

Specially targeting City executives Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain, Mancini said chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak “probably .. just followed [their advise].” Still, Mancini derided al-Mubarak for not being forthright in light of the pair’s four-year working relationship.

Mancini later took out a full page ad in the Manchester Evening News thanking fans of their support, a gesture the fans returned 10 days later. Since, the former Fiorentina and Lazio coach has moved to Istanbul, where he replaced Fatih Terim at Turkish champions Galatasaray this fall.

Four points back to Fenerbahçe in Turkey with Champions League resuming this month, you’d think Mancini has other things to do besides dwell on his former haunts. But we’ve all been dumped before, and as much as we’d like to turn the page and go on with our lives, too often we need more substantive closure with our former loves.

Mancini’s going through that progress. He’s hurt. He’s acting out as a way to cope. In the soccer world, that means complaining to the media. While from the outside it seems understandable that coaches like Guardiola and Ancelotti would be pursued by a team looking at potential replacements, Mancini’s view doesn’t all that. He’s still recovering from being dumped.

Maybe a nice “it’s not you, it’s me” not from Soriano and Begiristain would make everything all right. More likely, Mancini needs to deal with his frustrations on his own terms.

MLS Snapshot: Seattle Sounders 1-1 Los Angeles Galaxy

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The game in 100 words (or less): The Los Angeles Galaxy became the second team in the Western Conference to clinch a berth in the playoffs following a 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders. A terrible mistake from Seattle defender Zach Scott led to an easy goal for Robbie Keane, and it looked like that would be the winner until deep into stoppage time. In the 93rd minute, Chad Barrett got his knee on a corner kick to save a draw for Seattle, although the point was enough for LA. The Galaxy join FC Dallas as the two Western Conference teams headed to the postseason.

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Three moments that mattered

36′ — Robbie Keane capitalizes on Seattle’s mistake — Zach Scott misplayed a ball across the Sounders’ back line, as Robbie Keane intercepted the pass and finished one of the easiest goals he’s going to score. A true striker’s goal, Keane doesn’t miss ones like this.

64′ — Steven Gerrard denied by the woodwork — Los Angeles nearly made it 2-0 right after the hour mark, but Steven Gerrard was just inches off. Gerrard rose up to meet a corner kick from Juninho, but his header took a deflection and hit the crossbar before being cleared out of the box by Seattle.

90’+3′ — Chad Barrett finds a late, late equalizer — Just when it looked like LA was going to leave Seattle with a win, Chad Barrett stole a point for the Sounders. Marco Pappa whipped in a corner kick to the near post, which was flicked on by Brad Evans. Barrett surged into the box and got a knee on the ball as the match ended in a draw.

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Man of the match: Steven Gerrard

Goalscorers: Keane (36′), Barrett (90’+3′)

MLS Snapshot: Colorado Rapids 1-2 Real Salt Lake

SANDY UT - MARCH 14: Olmes Garcia #13 of Real Salt Lake celebrates his goal during their game against the Philadelphia Union at Rio Tinto Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Sandy, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
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The game in 100 words (or less): Real Salt Lake stays alive in the hunt for a playoff berth in the Western Conference with a crucial 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids. After falling behind early, RSL scored twice before halftime and held onto the lead for the rest of the match, moving within three points of the final playoff spot in the West. Real Salt Lake has three matches remaining, including a massive clash against the Portland Timbers, which will pretty much decide their season. For Colorado, it’s another year without playoff soccer.

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Three moments that mattered

16′ — Doyle heads Colorado into the lead — The former Premier League man gave the home side an early lead, thanks to a powerful header from quite a bit out. Sean St. Ledger played in a cross, where Doyle snapped a header into the top corner past Nick Rimando.

33′ — Joao Plata bends in the free kick — Trailing 1-0, Joao Plata drew RSL level with a brilliant free kick. Plata’s shot dipped over the wall and under the crossbar, as Clint Irwin stood helpless in goal for Colorado.

43′ — Mulholland fires home a volley to put RSL ahead — Luke Mulholland scored his first goal of the season, and it was a beauty. A corner kick popped out to the midfielder at the top of the box, as he rifled a shot off the bounce and into the side netting.

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Man of the match: Luke Mulholland

Goalscorers: Doyle (16′), Plata (33′), Mulholland (43′)