Life on the (touch) line: Mancini has a tough night at the office as Man City crash out of Europe… and here's our body of evidence
12:07 GMT, 22 November 2012
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini's body language was magnificently entertaining last night – he seemed to kick every ball as the champions crashed out of the Champions League.
Sportsmail has compiled a body of evidence showing the Italian going through the full gamut of emotions at the Etihad Stadium as City drew 1-1 with Real Madrid. The cool Italian's trademark scarf remained safely knotted throughout, of course.
The action on the pitch was every bit as pulsating as the entertainment in City's technical area, as these pictures show. Take it away, Roberto…
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Hands up if you're enjoying yourself: Man City boss Roberto Mancini (left) joins assistant David Platt with a vigorous appeal for a fee-kick early on last night
Smiles better: The Italian rocks back after a near miss (left) and sees the lighter side (right) as Real's Jose Mourinho trudges back to the dug-out in the background
MANCINI'S CL RECORD
(2004-05*, 05-06*, 06-07, 07-08)
P40, W21, D10, L9
*includes third qualifying round
P11, W3, D4, L4
P51, W24, D14, L13
Win percentage: 47%
It's little wonder Mancini was so emotionally involved in events last night as his record as a manager in
the Champions League once again came under scrutiny following City's
latest failure to reach the knockout stages.
In six seasons in the competition with Inter Milan and City, the Italian has not got beyond the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile, City's Champions League exit could have a nasty postscript after skipper Vincent Kompany left the Etihad Stadium on crutches.
No wonder Mancini was caught wiping his eyes at the end of the game. Losing his captain to injury is a tough blow.
Kompany took a knock during the second half of last night's 1-1 draw with Real Madrid and, although the Belgian was able to complete the game, he was not moving freely.
Mancini can only hope Kompany has not sustained too much damage, particularly with a visit to Chelsea looming on Sunday.
MONTAGE: Mancini walks the line last night…
Hey Serge, at least we've got our mid-weeks free for the rest of the season: Mancini chats to Sergio Aguero (left) after substituting him last night
Making a plea: Mancini makes his point but still manages to keep his Italian cool at the Etihad
'The opportunity to claim our place at the top of European football will come again,' said Kompany on Twitter.
'No sad faces [he obviously hasn't seen these pictures - Ed.], just the hunger to improve.'
Mancini is certain he will get the chance to implement the plans too, despite a second successive group stage failure.
Whilst not even winning the competition last season has provided any security of tenure for Roberto Di Matteo, it seems his fellow Italian is operating from a sturdier platform.
Mancini rejected outright the notion that Sheikh Mansour would deliver a harsh judgment, saying: 'No. I don't fear this. Why
Sweet dreams: Mancini looks melancholy as City's fate is sealed with their failure to defeat Real Madrid
'We still have the Premier League and the FA Cup.
'If we think we can win the Champions League after two years we are crazy.'
Mancini's reasoning is that City require more experience at this level before they can truly compete for the greatest prize.
'Chelsea tried to win Champions League for 10 years,' he said.
'In the best moments, when Didier Drogba was young, they didn't win.
'They did it last year when no-one thought they could.
Call to arms: Mancini, putting Jose to shame with his polished shoes, barks out the orders at the Etihad Stadium last night
You nose it: City's Italian boss was as entertaining to watch as Ronaldo and Co last night
'We need to improve our team because there are a lot of teams better than us.
'I am not saying if you get to February you can't win. Anything can happen. But we didn't do that.'
City did well to salvage a point given the pummelling they took in the opening stages.
Karim Benzema put the visitors ahead after more catastrophic City defending and Cristiano Ronaldo only failed to double the advantage because he underhit a lob over Joe Hart, allowing Matija Nastasic to clear off the line.
Sami Khedira also failed to profit from two gilt-edged chances provided by Ronaldo, allowing City to scrap their way back into the contest.
Wiped out: Mancini brushes his face after the horror of City's first-round exit becomes apparent
There was an element of good fortune about City's equaliser too.
Former Liverpool defender Alvaro Arbeloa was harshly judged to have fouled Sergio Aguero in the area.
Arbeloa was red carded, with Aguero dispatching the spot-kick to give City hope that ultimately went unfulfilled.