Wayne Bridge opens up on hatred for Italy’s Euro 2020 boss Roberto Mancini

Few people across the country were exactly rejoicing when England were beaten on penalties by Italy in the final of Euro 2020, but the defeat hurt a little bit extra for former Premier League star Wayne Bridge due to his hatred of Azzurri boss Roberto Mancini.

Bridge swapped the blue part of London for the blue part of Manchester when he left Chelsea to join Man City in 2009, just months before Mark Hughes was sacked and replaced by Mancini.

Bridge enjoyed just one season as City’s starting left-back, before Mancini’s arrival marked the beginning of his demise as he fell further down the pecking order before eventually being sent out on loan to West Ham, Sunderland and Brighton.

Wayne Bridge in action for Manchester City

The left-back would go on to join Reading on a permanent basis in 2013, but spent just one season at the Madejski Stadium before calling time on his playing days altogether.

Bridge conceded he found it difficult to watch Mancini celebrate on the Wembley turf as his Italy side triumphed over Gareth Southgate’s England via a penalty shootout.

The ex-City star told bettingexpert’s The Big Stage : “It really hurt me because I hate Mancini, everyone knows I have no love for him.

Bridge admitted he hated watching Mancini celebrate at Wembley after beating England in the final of Euro 2020
Bridge admitted he hated watching Mancini celebrate at Wembley after beating England in the final of Euro 2020

“I wouldn’t say he’s the worst I’ve had, but tactically he isn’t that great. What he did was good, which hurts to say.

“Not only was my family cheering for England, they were cheering that Mancini was losing, so it hurt us even more. I never really got him as a manager.”

Bridge did not stop there, going on to question Mancini’s managerial ability before claiming the title Man City won under him was more down to their vast array of expensive talent.

He explained: “All credit to what he did at Manchester City when winning the league, so City fans will love him, but if you look at the players and the squad that he had, that’s what won it, not him as a manager.

“I fell out with him. I was there for a few months and we got on well but I didn’t enjoy training at all.”

Bridge shed light on the kind of drills that would often take place during training under Mancini, “we did team shape against mannequins and as a full back we’re told “you’re going to pass it to him or to him, if you pass it there then run that way, if you pass it to him go that way,” you’d have two options and that was it and playing against mannequins isn’t football.

“[Craig] Bellamy was trying to ask a question “what happens if this happens in a game”, and Mancini would say “shut up, be quiet” and in the end he sent him home and he wouldn’t have him back at training.

“As a manager, I really don’t get it.”

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