Dzeko, it was claimed by the Sunday Mirror, admitted that the dressing room DID turn against Roberto Mancini late last season. This article was penned by Simon Mullock, a big City fan, so most likely there was no ulterior motive, but did he go too far with the headline?
Dzeko wasn’t happy with the way Mullock presented the interview and took to Twitter this morning to make his feelings known.
This isn’t be the first time a foreign language interview by a footballer has led to controversy, with players often defending their comments by playing the “lost in translation” card. In many cases the player is right (then there are those like Tevez, who usually say whatever they want without thinking much about the ramifications) and the newspaper reporting it has just botched the translation in some way. The nuances of a foreign conversation can be missed when translated into English and things can easily be taken out of context.
A full video of the interview is on YouTube with subtitles. Most of the relevant remarks come just after 10 minutes and to be fair to Simon Mullock, there aren’t many differences between what he wrote in the body of his article and what the subtitles say.
It’s most likely the eye-catching headline that has upset Dzeko, because he doesn’t appear to say that the dressing room turned against Mancini and even says “We didn’t have any major issues”.
There certainly doesn’t seem to be any mention of the large scale revolt that the article implies. A player revolt may have happened – many credible people in the football media believe it did – but Dzeko appears quite diplomatic and avoids going into any gory details about the relationship between Mancini and his players.
Dzeko has received a fair bit of stick for the comments. When I posted the direct quotes from the Mirror on @City_Watch, there was a lot of anger aimed at the Bosnian.
Maybe he should have said less, but he was well within his rights to say what he did on Twitter. Many people read a headline and make their mind up – and the headline does not seem to correlate with the actual story. What do you think?