Emmanuel Adebayor has given a candid interview to French publiciation So Foot, discussing a number of topics – several of them related to his tenure at Manchester City.
Adebayor was one of the casualties of Roberto Mancini’s arrival and blasted the iconic City coach in the interview, claiming no one really liked the Italian.
“He did not control the dressing room, he annoyed 25 players,” Adebayor said. “Mancini was a great player, but he is not a great coach. Every club he goes to, he buys 40 players.”
“When Mourinho took over Inter after him he had 40 international players. What are you doing?
“I was there in Manchester and he signed Dzeko, Balotelli, Tevez, Aguero… five world-class strikers.
“If he’d told me I had to leave I’d have done it, but he said ‘I need your football’. I’d play, I’d score, then the next day he’d pull me out: ‘that’s fine, but we’ll play differently against United…’”
The most memorable moment of Adebayor’s otherwise largely forgetful City stint was his goal against former club Arsenal. The Togolese striker had been abused throughout the game by Arsenal’s away fans and after scoring, he sprinted the entire length of the pitch and celebrated in front of them.
He described the event in some detail: