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Mancini defends Man City training methods: I will not change

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has defended his training methods.

However, although he admits his style may take some adjusting to, Mancini has defended his training methods, saying he finds it "incredible" that reports have suggested they are a divisive issue within the City squad.

"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."

He added: "For me it is incredible when I read that I have a problem with some players.

"I read a newspaper yesterday night and Gareth Barry said the right things - that they work very well on the pitch.

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