City ace Zabaleta defends 'angry' Mancini
Manchester City star Pablo Zabaleta has defended boss Roberto Mancini after the Italian lost his cool during the Champions League clash with Ajax.
A furious Mancini went on the pitch to confront referee Peter Rasmussen at the final whistle as his side were denied a Sergio Aguero strike, because Aleksandar Kolarov was ruled offside, and a also penalty in the dying moments of their 2-2 draw with Ajax.
To top that, Mancini also had to defend himself against claims that he threatened a TV cameraman who followed him
But Argentina international Zabaleta reckons his manager is not cracking under the pressure of managing the world's
"He is a very passionate manager, his character is like that. He was angry, but everybody at the club was angry after drawing with Ajax," the Daily Star quoted Zabaleta, as saying.
"He asked the referee why he didn't give the penalty or why the flag had been raised. He is the manager, he has to shout at the players. Other managers when they see their team drop some points in crucial games in a Champions League game would be the same," he added.
According to the report, though Mancini was cleared by UEFA over his actions, his latest outburst was not the first time the City boss has been rattled.
Mancini rounded on defender Micah Richards for questioning his tactics in the 3-1 defeat at Ajax a fortnight ago, and
also clashed with Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert during their recent Capital One Cup defeat, the report said.