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Mancini in good Kompany

posted 18 Jan 2013, 12:52 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 18 Jan 2013, 12:52 ]

Coach Roberto Mancini welcomes the return of captain Vincent Kompany who had his own red card from the Arsenal match rescinded by the FA following widespread condemnation of the decision to send him off for a well-timed sliding tackle.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JANUARY 18, 2013) (ITN) -   Roberto Mancini on Friday (January 18) expressed his satisfaction with the decision by the English FA to rescind the red card given to captain Vincent Kompany in their 2-0 win at Arsenal last weekend.

The Belgian was shown a straight red card by referee Mike Dean in the 75th minute for what was deemed a two-footed lunge on Jack Wilshire before Manchester City won the appeal for wrongful dismissal.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini was furious at Kompany's sending off, describing it as a "big mistake" by Dean and stating that his captain won the ball.

"I think that tackle was not a red card, sometime probably it could be. But in England a tackle is an important moment and it is clear that sometimes maybe the are some players that do a bad tackle and probably they deserve a red card but not in that case," he told reporters.

Mancini was asked if he was equally relieved Pep Guardiola announced he will coach Bayern Munich from next season ending speculation the Catalan was on City's wish list.

"Every manger wants to take this place because it is a good place but I think we work very well here. I have years contract and I think this is possible for the next five years," Mancini said.

Manchester City's squad will be boosted by the return from injury of forward Sergio Aguero and midfielder Jack Rodwell against Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday (January 19).

Mancini said their opponents are a good side managed by experienced Dutch coachMartin Jol.

"They won their last away game at West Bromwich. I think they are very dangerous away in counter-attack. Also because their manager is a manager with a big experience and he know that they can do well tomorrow."

Argentina international Aguero, the champions' top scorer last season, has been sidelined since the start of this month with a hamstring problem.

City are second in the standings seven points behind leaders Manchester United.