Mancini says it is not over – Stays Positive with 11 Games to go
Despite being twelve points behind Manchester United with just eleven games to go in the Premier League, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini insists that the title race is not over yet.
City had a superb 2-0 win over Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, with world class goals from Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez in the second half.
They had Joe Hart to thank as well for a fantastic penalty save from Frank Lampard when the score was 0-0 and in truth, the Citizens deserved to take all three points.
It is going to take some quite special football results for Mancini’s men and a disastrous end to the season for United in order for City to retain their title, but stranger things have happened in football.
What the current champions need to do is win all over their games and hope that Sir Alex Ferguson’s team struggle to deal with the demands of Champions League football and maintaining form in the Premier League.
City’s Italian boss is not giving up either, despite such a big gap as he said: “In football, it’s finished when it’s finished, in the last minute of the last game.
“If we arrive with four games to go and United are 12 points ahead, it’s finished, but our job is to continue to work.
“For us, it’s not important to look at the table, only to continue to work like today, to play well and to improve because we can improve. Only this and maybe look at the table in one month.”
They did turn a deficit around last season of course, but it was not this big and Man City still had United to come to the Etihad, whereas this term, they have to go to Old Trafford in one of the last games of the campaign.
The performance on Sunday would have pleased Mancini as his side showed a lot of character and there appeared to be a real team spirit in the group.
With this Manchester City side, you can never say never and United might be feeling the nerves after what happened last year.
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