Manchester City's Argentina striker Carlos Tevez on Tuesday questioned manager Roberto Mancini's tough training regime.
Manchester City players are training twice a day in the run-in to the end of the season as Mancini bids to steer them to fourth and a Champions League qualification place.
But Tevez believes that is too much at the end of a long campaign and, with a key derby against city rivals Manchester United at Eastlands this Saturday, has said his team-mates agree with him.
“The players are not happy with this. We are at the end of a long season, we have big matches, we are tired but there are still double training sessions, morning and afternoon,” he told the Daily Mail.
“Then, the next day, we train for two hours. I do not understand. But, please, he is the coach and I am the player. He is in charge. I am OK with him.”
Tevez's comments come after his former United team-mate Rio Ferdinand claimed the 26-year-old had not been the most energetic during training sessions at Old Trafford.
England defender Ferdinand has suggested that the energy Tevez shows on a matchday is not reflected in his attitude to training. “Carlos is an interesting character. When he was at United, he saved all his energy for the games — he didn't really go over the top at training,” Ferdinand told The Sun.
“He worked hard in the gym — he was a professional in that sense — but everything he did was geared towards the match at the weekend.
“You could see him conserving his energy during the week and then laying it all on the line out on the pitch.
“That's not the way I operate, I have to train at a high level every day. But it works for Carlos and he can be a real handful to defend against.”