Man City boss Mancini hopes Wigan survive relegation battle after 1-0 defeat
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini claims Wigan Athletic deserves to have Premier League action next season. The Eastlands picked up a hard-fought 1-0 victory against a valiant Wigan side through a late goal from Carlos Tevez.
The victory helped Manchester City come within 13 points of archrivals and Premier League leaders Manchester United. Meanwhile, Wigan Athletic remained on the 18th spot, three points away from being released from the relegation zone.
Wigan Athletic still have a game in hand, which means Roberto Martinez and Co. have a good chance of lifting themselves out of bottom three. The Eastlands boss claims Roberto Martinez and his men play the best football from all of the bottom three teams, which is why they deserve to qualify for Premier League action for next season.
Roberto Mancini also admitted that Wigan Athletic were the better side for over an hour at Manchester City’s home, the Etihad Stadium, after kick-off. The Italian manager believes Wigan will be able to put their foot on the pedal to get themselves out of the relegation zone this season.
“I think so because they played very well. They don't deserve to be relegated. And also because Martinez is a good manager. His team played very well,” Roberto Mancini said.
Roberto Mancini also admitted that Wigan Athletic were the best team endangered of being kicked out of the Premier League this season. The former Inter Milan manager lauded Roberto Martinez and Co. for giving Manchester City a brave fight and hoped they would pick themselves up from the relegation zone.
“Yeah. They don't play long ball. They take also some risks when they start to play from the back. They try to play always,” Roberto Mancini said.
“For 60 minutes, they played better than us. For the last 25 minutes, I think no. For the last 25 minutes, we played well, we had chances.”
Elsewhere, West Ham United were able to keep Manchester United drawn at 2-2 at Upton Park. In spite of picking up points in comparison to their fierce rivals, Roberto Mancini is still of the belief that the Red Devils will be able to pick the Premier League trophy this season.
“Now it is finished,” said Roberto Mancini, insisting Manchester United had won the Premier League title. Roberto Mancini reserved special praise for his Argentinean hit-man Carlos Tevez, who picked up the winner for Manchester City.
“He scored a fantastic goal and he played really well.”