Mid-Day Ticker: Mancini rips Hart, Benitez open to Milan move, and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Mancini rips Hart, Benitez open to Milan move, and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Mancini rips Hart, Benitez open to Milan move, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart may have been right, but head coach Roberto Mancini does not want to see him publicly criticizing the team again.

A day after suffering a demoralizing 3-2 loss to Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League group stage, City manager Roberto Mancini said he does not want to hear Hart being critical of the team and that he is the only 'judge' for how the defending Premiership champions play. Hart criticized the team after the los at the Bernabeu Stadium, stating that the players had only themselves to blame after relinquishing a 2-1 lead late in the match.

Manchester City took two leads against the Spanish heavyweights, but two goals in the final four minutes saw Real Madrid come out on top. The loss means Man City are now in need of points in a tough Group D in order to avoid falling into a big hole in the standings.

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What do you think of Mancini telling Hart to stop criticizing the team? Should Milan go after Benitez if their poor start continues? Where would you like to see Findley go?

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