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Champions League: Jamie Jackson answers your questions – live!

6th November 2012

Jamie Jackson is online to answer your questions about his debate with Roberto Mancini yesterday and this week’s Champions League fixtures

1.39pm: smiff21 asks: “Do you see Arsenal getting a bit of a shellacking tonight in Germany? If they are embarrassed, does Wenger realistically have to win the next three games - Fulham (H), Spurs (H) Montpeiller (H) to salvage their season and possibly his job?”

Jamie replies:

In a short word, no. Schalke 04 may be second in the Bundesliga but they are seven points behind Bayern Munich and having covered Arsenal a fair bit before the Manchester post I have a sense Arsene Wenger will get a big reaction/performance from his side tonight.

To take your scenario – even if the next four games go very badly I cannot see Wenger getting the chop for that.

1.36pm: LittleArchieClement asks: “Is this the end of the cycle for English ascendancy in the Champions league – despite only a few wins, we’ve pretty consistently had nearly a full quota in the very late stages every time – this year we could see only one qualify?”

Jamie replies:

Too early to say. It would not surprise me if, by early December, all four clubs are through. It’s not actually over for Manchester City, far from it, and having been at their opener in Madrid they came so close to beating them. Re Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal: in varying degrees they are all still well in control of their group stage destiny.

1.15pm: Good afternoon. Jamie Jackson will be online from 1.30pm BST to take part in a live webchat.

Jamie provoked a robust response from Roberto Mancini yesterday when he asked the Manchester City manager about his talks last season with Monaco:

Roberto Mancini has angrily demanded respect as the Italian offered an impassioned defence of his tenure as Manchester City manager ahead of Tuesday’s must-win Champions League visit of Ajax. City have only one point from their opening three group games and are conscious that if other results go against them even victory in the final three would not be enough.

On Friday Mancini admitted that last season he spoke to Monaco about becoming their manager, then on Saturday evening the 47-year-old said City were not yet equipped to win the Champions League. Asked to clarify these comments, Mancini interrupted and said: “I don’t understand why you continue to ask me about last month, last year. It’s finished, so why? For which reason, why do you continue to ask me: ‘Last year you had another chance to go.’ I stay here because my work is here. I worked for two years. I built with the chairman, with the owner, this team. We won three trophies in two years. For 50 years we didn’t win [the title, actually forty-four]. Never. Never.

“You should have respect for the people sometimes. I don’t understand why you have to ask me this, why? You ask me one question, I’m polite because I answered your question and the other questions. I’m polite because I answer: ‘It’s true’ [regarding Monaco]. Every year I can have two or three new situations where I can go, I want to stay here because I work hard. I am not saying the future will be easy but when you have a new team the strong work is the first two years and we have won three trophies. I think you should have more respect for this, for me, for the club, for the players.” Read more


If you have any questions for Jamie about Mancini, City’s match with Ajax or the other games in the Champions League this week, drop them into the comments section below.


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