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Man City boss Mancini hits back at training regime jibes

Roberto Mancini has defended his training methods, as Manchester City's early promise under the Italian has begun to fade. City go into Wednesday's FA Cup fifth-round replay at Stoke with only two wins from their last seven matches.

However, although he admits his style may take some adjusting to, Mancini is keeping faith with his techniques and remains fully confident they are the right ones to deliver success.

"I read that the players are angry because I changed the time of the training sessions, that I changed (things) because we did more tactics," Mancini said.

"I read these things, but these are our players. Players want to work on the pitch training with tactics, with power, with running - these are normal things.

"I changed the time of the training because 11 o'clock is too cold and the pitch is frozen. I don't know the other history (of training). For me, everything is normal.

"I understand that it might not be their habit to work in that tactical situation, but this is my opinion - I work in this mode.

"I work because I think if you want to win the Premier League, if you want to win the Champions League, you must prepare very well for every situation.

"Tactics, power, running; if these aren't very good, it is impossible to win."

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