Bridge admits “I hate Mancini” thanks to Man City training hell and falling out

Wayne Bridge admits England's defeat against Italy in the Euro 2020 final "really hurt" because of his hatred for Roberto Mancini.

The Three Lions were beaten by Mancini's Azzurri side at Wembley last Sunday, suffering a heartbreaking penalty shootout defeat in their first ever European Championship final.

It proved a painful evening for England fans across the country, who were hoping to see the team win a major tournament for the first time since 1966.

However, the tear-jerking loss cut even deeper for Bridge than most supporters, as he was desperate to see former Manchester City boss Mancini come unstuck.

Speaking on bettingexpert’s The Big Stage, the ex-City defender revealed he has "no love" for his old manager because of the way he treated him at the Etihad, meaning his entire family wanted him to suffer defeat at Wembley.

"It really hurt me because I hate Mancini, everyone knows I have no love for him," Bridge said.

"I wouldn’t say he’s the worst I’ve had, but tactically he isn’t that great.

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"What he did [against England] was good, which hurts to stay. 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. 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.

"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.

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"[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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