"I have nothing to say, everyone is free to say what they want," snapped a clearly irritated Mancini. "Every time I open my mouth someone stirs up all kinds of controversy, so I prefer to keep quiet."
"This shows you what level we're at now. I can't even be tired after a game without people spinning a yarn about it."
Ahead of today's derby, Mancini continued: "All derbies have that certain atmosphere, but admittedly this one is a little different as it could be the match where we celebrate the Scudetto.
"Milan are in much better shape than they were a few months ago. They have great players and sometimes you can run into a season where it all goes wrong. You need that little bit of luck to win.
"Further evidence of that comes from Barcelona, who I consider to be the best team in Europe and the world, but who haven't won anything for two years."