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Roberto Mancini Blames David Villa’s Woes on Spain, According to Daily Mail

david villa manchester city Roberto Mancini Blames David Villa’s Woes on Spain, According to Daily Mail

The Daily Mail newspaper made an embarrassing mistake Tuesday morning when it reported that Roberto Mancini was blaming Manchester City’s slow start to the season on David Villa’s international commitments with Spain.

Problem is that David Villa doesn’t play for Manchester City. David Silva does.

You can read The Daily Mail’s erroneous article. But don’t be surprised if they fix it sometime today. If so, you can see the faux pas in the above screenshot. A perfect example of how poor The Daily Mail is at reporting.

Here are the actual quotes from Roberto Mancini:

“The thing with Silva is that we have been able to work with him only a couple of days at a time since he arrived. He had just signed for us when he went off with his national team to play in Mexico [during the August international break]. Then he came back and very quickly was off again with the national team again, this time to play in Argentina – another long trip.

“I thought he did very well when he came on [against Blackburn Rovers] but I always said that he would need time because it is very different here than playing in Spain.

“The internationals are over now and I think it will be time for him to play in the team from the next game.”


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