Roberto Mancini: "It's important to realise we have made some mistakes.
"I have made some mistakes and the players have made some mistakes.
"But the first reason is because we didn't do what we should have done in the summer transfer market - we worked really badly in the market.
"Ferran Soriano came from Barcelona and understands what it needs to be a top club. Txiki played football and knows football.
"They are good men. For this reason, I am optimistic about our future. We now have people who know their football."
"Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao (of Napoli and Atletico Madrid respectively) would work in England. They have experience. Both players are 26, 27. They are good enough to play in England.
"I think Samir Nasri has fantastic qualities.
"With his quality, he should always play well. Every game he could be the difference.
"A player of this quality could be one of the best players in Europe. But it's not happening.
"Sometimes a player thinks it's enough what they did the year before and doesn't understand that every day they should improve.
"If you are a top player you know you can improve until the last day of your career but sometimes you get players who think it is not important to work and this is their worst mistake.
"Samir can do better than this year. He is a top player but he has not been playing at his level.
"I haven't given him (Sinclair) a chance. It's not his fault. He's working well every day and he hasn't caused any problems. I'm very sorry."