“Championship is not over” – Mancini believes City can defend EPL title
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is rallying his troops after recording a 2-2 draw with Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. The Italian boss of Eastlands believes his side is still capable of defending their English Premier League crown against archrivals Manchester United.
After the Liverpool game, Roberto Mancini came out with renewed ambition to win the league. The former Inter Milan manager claims if Manchester City is able to win the rest of their games, they could become the English Premier League champions once again.
Manchester City are nine points adrift from league leaders Manchester United. Last season, Manchester City won their first English Premier League title in 44 years. Manchester City had to record a similar comeback in order to win the title from Manchester United.
“The championship is not over,” Roberto Mancini said. “Absolutely not. [Whether the gap is] seven or nine points doesn't change it, I think we can recover it.
“Probably now we need to win all the games. If not all, 11 or 12. This is football. This can happen sometimes. Last year we recovered eight points in six games. I don't know why this can't happen this year. The season is long. [There are] three months [to go] and we are confident.”
Roberto Mancini reminisced about Chelsea’s comeback in 2010, when they came from behind to destroy Manchester United’s hopes of becoming the English Premier League champions in 2010.
“Chelsea were nine points behind and after they came to play at Old Trafford, three games from the end only two or three points behind. In two games the championship can be reopened,” Roberto Mancini said.
“We have 15 games and they [United] have to play in FA Cup and the Champions League so the season is long - three months - and we are confident. It is enough to recover three or four points in three games.
“For us it is important to play the derby (at Old Trafford on April 6) two or three points behind and we have time to recover these points. Today we didn't play like we had in the last month but we are confident.”
Manchester City won the English Premier League title on goal difference in the last five minutes of the season last term.