Mancini dismissed Soriano‚Äôs football knowledge, despite his time as Barcelona‚Äôs general manager and vice-president, pointing out he worked for airline Spanair before being hired by City.
He suspects Soriano was behind his sacking and made a point of praising owner Sheikh Mansour and chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak.
‚ÄúSoriano?‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúFor him I was too big within the club. A manager in full control, loved by the fans still today.
‚ÄúHe judged a person and a context without knowing anything about the people he should have dealt with.
‚ÄúI never thought of him as an interesting person from a football perspective. We never spoke the same language. And I‚Äôm not talking about Italian, Spanish or English.
‚ÄúHis past at Barcelona? I think he was coming from an airline. I‚Äôve been in football since I was 13 and I had never heard anything about Soriano.
‚ÄúHe arrived in England with his manager role and I saw that he loves to speak, to get media exposure."