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Roberto Mancini tough night at the office as Machester City crash out of Champions League… and here"s the body of evidence

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

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UPDATED:

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…

Scroll down for picture montage…

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

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

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini

Manchester City's manager Roberto Mancini, right, smiles as he stands on the touchline during his team's 1-1 draw against Real Madrid

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

Inter Milan
(2004-05*, 05-06*, 06-07, 07-08)
P40, W21, D10, L9
*includes third qualifying round

Manchester City
(2011-12, 12-13)
P11, W3, D4, L4

Overall
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…

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Hey Serge, at least we've got our mid-weeks free for the rest of the season: Mancini chats to Sergio Aguero after substituting him 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

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

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini

Manchester City's manager Roberto Mancini takes to the touchline before his team's Champions League Group D soccer match against Real Madrid

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

Call to arms: Mancini, putting Jose to shame with his polished shoes, barks out the orders at the Etihad Stadium last night

Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini

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

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.

Vincent Kompany injury latest: Manchester City captain leaves Etihad Stadium on crutches

Kompany doubtful for Chelsea clash as defender leaves Etihad on crutches

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UPDATED:

06:56 GMT, 22 November 2012

Manchester City's Champions League
exit could have a nasty postscript after skipper Vincent Kompany left
the Etihad Stadium on crutches last night.

Kompany took a knock during the
second half of the 1-1 draw with Real Madrid and, although the Belgian
was able to complete the game, he was not moving freely.

Manager Roberto Mancini can only hope
Kompany has not sustained too much damage, particularly with a visit to
Chelsea looming on Sunday.

Clash of the titans: Vincent Kompany went up against Cristiano Ronaldo

Clash of the titans: Vincent Kompany went up against Cristiano Ronaldo

'The opportunity to claim our place at the top of European football will come again,' said Kompany on Twitter.

'No sad faces, 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

'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.

'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.'

Doubt: The City captain received treatment 10 minutes from time, but played the full 90

Doubt: The City captain received treatment 10 minutes from time, but played the full 90

Roberto Mancini says his job is safe

Mancini declares job is safe after a second consecutive Champions League failure

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UPDATED:

00:18 GMT, 22 November 2012

Roberto Mancini backed himself to survive another Champions League failure last night after Manchester City crashed out at the group stage for the second season running.

A 1-1 draw with Real Madrid consigned City to a straight fight with Ajax for a place in the Europa League, but when he was asked whether it might cost him his job, a surprised Mancini answered: 'No. Why Why I think the season is long. You have the Champions League, the FA Cup and the Premier League and if we think we can be champions of Europe after only two years, we are crazy.

'We need to improve as a team. We did some mistakes, but we are a good team. I don't have any fear about this. But I think this season's campaign has been worse than the last one.

Surprised: Roberto Mancini was shocked to be asked about his future

Surprised: Roberto Mancini was shocked to be asked about his future

'It has been a very difficult group, but we only have three points after five games.

'We started with defeat in Madrid when we were 2-1 up with four minutes to go. After that, everything was complicated.

'But Madrid and Borussia Dortmund deserve to go through because they were better than us.

'We will still try to get into the Europa League. It may not be as big as the Champions League, but if you arrive in the semi final or final it could be important for us.'

Real coach Jose Mourinho stormed down the tunnel at the end without shaking hands with Mancini.

But he backed his City counterpart, saying: 'It is good that City are behind him and giving him support.

'But it is incredible that, with the array of great players at their disposal, City have been eliminated at the group stage two seasons in a row.'

City captain Vincent Kompany left the ground on crutches after suffering a leg injury.

Nightmare start: Intense pressure from Real Madrid resulted in a goal for Karim Benzema

Nightmare start: Intense pressure from Real Madrid resulted in a goal for Karim Benzema

Wrong way: Sergio Aguero scored from the spot to equalise

Wrong way: Sergio Aguero scored from the spot to equalise

Vincent Kompany doubtful for Chelsea clash

Kompany doubtful for Chelsea clash as defender leaves Etihad on crutches after City crash out of Europe

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UPDATED:

00:31 GMT, 22 November 2012

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany could be doubtful for the champions' Barclays Premier League trip to Chelsea this weekend.

The defender reportedly left the Etihad Stadium on crutches after suffering a knee injury in the second half of City's Champions League draw with Real Madrid.

Clash of the titans: Vincent Kompany went up against Cristiano Ronaldo

Clash of the titans: Vincent Kompany went up against Cristiano Ronaldo

The 26-year-old briefly left the field for treatment 10 minutes from time but played on until the end of the match.

Kompany received further treatment after the final whistle and was unable to conduct post-match interviews with the press.

But he did later relay his thoughts on the match, which saw City's hopes of progress in the competition end.

City had needed to beat the Spanish giants to stand any chance of reaching the knockout stages but could only manage a 1-1 draw.

It is the second successive season the club have failed to make it beyond the group phase.

Kompany wrote on Twitter: 'The opportunity to claim our place at the top of European football will come again. No sad faces, just the hunger to improve.'

City were torn apart in the early stages and were fortunate not to trail by more than Karim Benzema's 10th-minute goal.

A change of formation eventually saw them gain a foothold in the game and Sergio Aguero equalised from the penalty spot.

City finished strongly but were unable to claim a winner and remain bottom of Group D.

Aguero said: 'We gave our best, but we couldn't win. Without a doubt, the Champions (League) is a missing subject. But there's always a rematch on football.'

Doubt: The City captain received treatment 10 minutes from time, but played the full 90

Doubt: The City captain received treatment 10 minutes from time, but played the full 90

John Terry injury latest: Scan reveals no ligament damage

Chelsea relief as Terry scan reveals NO ligament damage but captain is still out for at least two weeks

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UPDATED:

21:12 GMT, 12 November 2012

John Terry has told friends of his relief after a scan confirmed no serious damage to the knee he injured against Liverpool on Sunday.

Terry initially feared he had suffered a season-ending injury when his right leg was trapped and twisted in a collision with Luis Suarez during the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

But the Chelsea captain hopes he could be fit in time to lead Chelsea into their first FIFA Club World Cup next month.

SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH THE HIGHLIGHTS FROM SUNDAY'S GAME

Horror clash: Terry was taken off injured after a collision with Luis Suarez

Horror clash: Terry was taken off injured after a collision with Luis Suarez

Horror clash: Terry was taken off injured after a collision with Luis Suarez

Fears: It was thought that Terry's season could have been over

Fears: It was thought that Terry's season could have been over

An MRI scan showed there is no great
damage apart from inflammation caused by the impact, which
hyper-extended the joint, flexing it the wrong way.

But doctors told the 31- year-old he
had been lucky his studs were not planted in the turf when the collision
occurred or he would almost certainly have snapped the ligaments in his
knee.

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech feared
the worst when he saw the collision but said yesterday: 'He was unlucky
to get injured but lucky. When somebody of 60 or 70 kilos lands on your
leg, it can be very damaging. Normally with JT, you see his face and
know he will be alright, but you saw straight away it was impossible for
him to continue.'

Scan: Terry was seen on crutches walking across the pitch after the game

Scan: Terry was seen on crutches walking across the pitch after the game

Terry's right knee caused him
problems earlier this year, when he needed surgery to clean out
cartilage debris and was out for six weeks. Chelsea's Club World Cup campaign gets under way in Japan on December 13.

Sportsmail has
learned that the club will not know for certain until the swelling on
his right leg has calmed down, but both the player and Chelsea officials
are hugely relieved at the news.

Off to a flyer: Terry scored the opening goal on Sunday afternoon

Off to a flyer: Terry scored the opening goal on Sunday afternoon

A club statement read: 'Today's MRI
scans on John Terry's right knee thankfully show no significant damage
to the cruciate ligaments.

'Chelsea Football Club's medical team
will conduct further tests over the next two or three days once the
swelling has subsided to determine how long John will be out, but it
will be a matter of weeks not months.'

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John Terry injury not as bad as first feared

EXCLUSIVE: Terry escapes injury after horror collision at Stamford Bridge

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UPDATED:

22:55 GMT, 11 November 2012

John Terry is confident he has avoided serious injury after a horror collision at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

An accidental clash with Luis Suarez during the 1-1 draw with Liverpool left the Chelsea captain clutching his right knee in agony and he was carried off amid fears his season was over.

Horror clash: Terry was taken off injured after a collision with Luis Suarez

Horror clash: Terry was taken off injured after a collision with Luis Suarez

Horror clash: Terry was taken off injured after a collision with Luis Suarez

Fears: It was thought that Terry's season could have been over

Fears: It was thought that Terry's season could have been over

But Sportsmail understands Chelsea’s medical staff believe the injury looked far more serious than it is, and they are hopeful an MRI scan on Monday morning will reveal only minor damage to his right knee. Terry was seen looking relaxed and smiling before he left the stadium on Sunday night on crutches and wearing a protective knee brace.

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo had expressed the fear that his captain had suffered serious knee ligament damage after heading his team ahead with the 50th goal of his club career. The draw means Chelsea have taken two points from three games and trail Premier League leaders Manchester United by three points.

Scan: Terry was seen on crutches walking across the pitch after the game

Scan: Terry was seen on crutches walking across the pitch after the game

Terry, playing for the first time since his four-match ban for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, started alongside Branislav Ivanovic because David Luiz had tonsillitis.

Suarez salvaged what Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers called ‘a terrific point’ with his 11th goal in 16 games.

Di Matteo said: ‘It was a poor goal to concede. Ramires was with Suarez and he pushed him away to create that bit of space for himself. Sometimes the refs notice.’ Sometimes they don’t.

Off to a flyer: Terry scored the opening goal on Sunday afternoon

Off to a flyer: Terry scored the opening goal on Sunday afternoon

Later, on Twitter, Suarez said: ‘Hugs to Terry, I hope it’s nothing serious.’

Liverpool extended their unbeaten run to six Premier League games but they are still in the bottom half.

‘We need one or two more players,’ said Rodgers.

Micah Richards out for four months

Blow for City as crocked Richards faces up to FOUR months on sidelines after knee surgery

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UPDATED:

14:04 GMT, 30 October 2012

Manchester City defender Micah Richards has been told that he will be out for TWICE as long as first feared.

Richards underwent surgery to repair a torn knee cartilage on Monday afternoon after suffering an injury against Swansea on Saturday.

The England international was told after his surgery that he could expect to back by Christmas but that prognosis has now been revised and he revealed on Tuesday he may not be back in action for four months.

Crocked: Micah Richards will be sidelined for up to two months

Crocked: Micah Richards will be sidelined for up to two months

Richards said: 'The positive thing is that the injury has been repaired so the knee will be as good as new.

'I have a brace on it and I am using
crutches. I can’t do anything at all for the next four to six weeks and I
am probably looking at 12-16 weeks before I am back in action.

'I knew straight away in the game that it was quite a bad injury. The knee locked and I couldn’t straighten it.

Return: David Silva (centre) is back in England following treatment

Return: David Silva (centre) is back in England following treatment

'I suppose it could have been even
worse and not repairable which would have meant removing the meniscus;
so I am being positive. Injuries are all part and parcel of the job but
this coming on top of the other one I do feel a little hard done to.'

Richards was playing only his fourth
game of the season after recovering from a foot injury when he collapsed
during the end of Saturday’s game.

American amputee scores sensational volley

One leg better than two American amputee scores sensational volley

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UPDATED:

16:05 GMT, 21 September 2012

Missing the incredible feats of the athletes from the Paralympics already Then feast your eyes on this incredible goal scored over in the United States.

In a High School football match, Concord-Carlisle Regional's Nico Calabria does what any other striker would do and attacks a corner on the volley.

The only difference is Calabria has the disadvantage of having one leg, but that doesn't stop the forward from pulling off a sensational strike.

Leaning on his crutches, Calabria throws his body to the side before swinging a volley that has the goalkeeper well beaten.

Never mind the fact that the strike is perfect and requires a high level of skill and balance, it's an effort that many with two legs would struggle to replicate with a scissors kick.

Nikica Jelavic out for two weeks

Everton striker Jelavic ruled out for two weeks after colliding with goalpost during Toon clash

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UPDATED:

22:53 GMT, 19 September 2012

Nikica Jelavic has been ruled out for two weeks after sustaining a knee injury in Everton's 2-2 draw with Newcastle on Monday.

The Croatia striker has been on crutches for two days after he collided with a goalpost on Monday evening but fears that he sustained a serious problem have been allayed after he underwent a scan.

He is expected to miss the Barclays Premier League games against Swansea and Southampton, as well as the Carling Cup tie at Leeds.

Ouch: Nikica Jelavic collided with the goal post on Monday night

Ouch: Nikica Jelavic collided with the goal post on Monday night

Phil Jones suffers another injury

EXCLUSIVE: Nightmare for Jones as United defender set for lengthy layoff after ANOTHER injury setback

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UPDATED:

22:09 GMT, 7 September 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Manchester United and England defender Phil Jones has suffered yet another injury setback.

The 20-year-old hobbled out of United's Carrington training ground on crutches after injuring his right leg on Thursday and now looks set for another spell on the sidelines.

Nightmare: Phil Jones' young career at Manchester United has been marred by injury

Nightmare: Phil Jones' young career at Manchester United has been marred by injury

It is a bitter blow for Jones who has only just returned to training after he was ruled out of United's first three games because of back spasms.

Jones was also unavailable for Roy Hodgson England side, who demolished a poor Moldova team 5-0 on Friday evening.

The problem forced him to fly home from the United's pre-season tour of Scandinavia, but last week Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that Jones had resumed light training after a period of rest appeared to have cured the problem.

The latest injury problem for Jones is one of many he has sustained during his short tenure at United.

The club have had to make do without the former Blackburn man against Everton, Fulham and Southampton and look set to be without the versatile defender for some time yet.

Jones joined United from Blackburn for 16.5million in January last year and has made 29 appearances for the club.

The United manager is still without another England defender in Chris Smalling, but Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans both returned to the United squad for the 3-2 win at Southampton last weekend.

Unlucky: Jones (left) hobbled out of training at Carrington on Thursday

Unlucky: Jones (left) hobbled out of training at Carrington on Thursday