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Mancini's son claims father Roberto more knowledgeable than Mourinho

Roberto Mancini's son Andrea has backed his father, the Manchester City boss, for football knowledge against Real Madrid counterpart Jose Mourinho. Andrea Mancini, who is currently on the books at Spanish side Real Valladolid having been released by City this summer, believes his father is doing a good job at the Etihad Stadium despite his critics.

He said in Marca: "I don't understand the criticism. He's just become Premier League champion with City, which they haven't won for 44 years. I don't know what more he has to do."

Andrea Mancini was also asked about any similarities between Roberto and Mourinho, who come face-to-face in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The 20-year-old said: "They aren't alike. My father was a player for many years and you notice this. He has a lot of experience and knows more about football than Mou.

"Mourinho is more psychological, more of a motivator, he knows how to manage the minds of the players. The ideal coach would be a mixture of the two."

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