Nasri: Sometimes I have not been good enough... and when I think about THAT wall incident against Man United I want to cry

By Graeme Yorke

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Samir Nasri has admitted some of his performances for Manchester City have not been good enough, with certain moments making him want to cry.

The French midfielder has often struggled for the form he showed at Arsenal since moving to City nearly two years ago, and was heavily criticised by manager Roberto Mancini earlier this year.

It was initially suggested Nasri had disagreed with the Italian's assessment of him, but in the build-up to the FA Cup Final - which a now-on-song Nasri is expected to be involved in - the 25-year-old claims he understood Mancini's comments.

Improvement needed: Samir Nasri (left) admits he has played badly at times this season

Improvement needed: Samir Nasri (left) admits he has played badly at times this season

Improvement: Nasri (left) has been in good form lately and could start the FA Cup final

Improvement: Nasri (left) has been in good form lately and could start the FA Cup final

 

Speaking to The Times he said: 'I didn't take it the wrong way. I agreed with him.

'I knew. Sometimes I don't need him to tell me because I'm professional. When I go home, I watch the games again.

'I know if I've played well or if I've played s*** and for eight months I wasn't good.

'I understand what the manager was saying, because it must be frustrating when you have a quality player and he doesn't perform and you don't know why because you try to play him there, play him there, but he still doesn't perform.

'So at some point you have no choice but to put him on the bench and you go to the press to try to get a reaction. And it worked.

'Before, I wasn't very good at accepting public criticism. But he (Mancini) just wants the best from his players on the pitch because he has to win. If he doesn't, he gets fired.'

One particular incident which drew criticism was Nasri`s decision to turn his back on a Robin van Persie free-kick during December's Manchester derby.

City had recovered from 2-0 to be level but, as Nasri turned away, the ball went where he would have been and on into the goal.

'I don't know what went through my head,' Nasri said of that moment. 'I don't know how many times I was thinking about it afterwards.

'Eventually I had to turn off the TV. My dad said, "Why are you scared of the ball, do you think it's going to burn you or something?"

'At the time I almost cried I was so upset with myself. How could you do that? It was a derby and with a draw we'd have stayed a few points behind them but they won it and it was a big moment in the title race.'

Cowardly: Samir Nasri ducked behind the wall instead of blocking Robin van Persie's free-kick

Cowardly: Samir Nasri ducked behind the wall instead of blocking Robin van Persie's free-kick

Cowardly: Samir Nasri ducked behind the wall instead of blocking Robin van Persie's free-kick
 

 

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waste of talent. as a player he has pure talent. he left arsenal and where is he now ? yes his won the league but i am sure know one will mention nasri helping them to it. if he stayed at arsenal he would of been one of the best players in the PL each year. yet i bet city will sell him to a team worse then arsenal in the summer or next.

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samir, you cry, we laugh,loser/ '#CHAMP20NS.

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... but then he remembers that big fat wad and it makes him smile.

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Fortunately the fact you helped united win the PL has a big positve, Fergie has gone. Yes really, he will never step foot in our stadium ever again and spit his chewing gum on our hallowed pitch.

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a player comes out and admits he got things wrong and should have done a lot better and still gets slated and people wonder why the vast majority of Premier league footballers rarely say anything interesting or give real interviews top the media any more the worst thing about the internet is it allows the fools who have commented before to vent there biased distorted view of people they have never met and don't really know anything about and claim its opinion

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Could you imagine Nasri against Billy Bonds? The tears would be genuine.......

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Don't worry, Nasri, the match turned out to be irrelevant due to your teams inconsistent performances all season. I disagree with the idea City's performances have been far below their standard from last season. What you saw last year was quite clear: up until Christmas teams didn't know how to play against them. They had new players and a new playing style. It was like when Blackpool were promoted and they ended up in the top 10 by New Year. After Christmas, when they started playing teams a second time, they found it much more difficult because teams knew what to expect. This season it was the same for them from the start. No plan B was the problem. Last season United had so many injuries to crucial players, and a new goalkeeper, and City still only managed to win on goal difference. They were never that good, their football looks good but isn't very effective against good defences.

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FOOL!!!!!!!!!

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Get out of it Nasri you waster!

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Zero sympathy to be honest. A talented player on good money playing for club that is going places. Yet he doesn't turn up alot of the time. You put in the performances you'll be better rewarded, and i'm not talking financially.

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