Manchester City resurging as fearless contenders for Premier League title, Roberto Mancini
The Eastlands boss Roberto Mancini was pleased with the fighting spirit his side showed after going under a goal in the first half at Etihad Stadium on Sunday night. Tottenham Hotspur stunned Manchester City with a first-half goal from Steven Caulker to take a 1-0 lead before the break.
Manchester City came back strongly in the second-half to end the night with 2-1 victory. Sergio Aguero scored the equalizer in the 65th minute before Edin Dzeko provided Manchester City with the winning goal.
Roberto Mancini asked his men to continue fighting for the top spot, which has been rotating between Manchester United and Chelsea for now. Presently, the Premier League champions from last season are two points away from the Premier League leader Manchester United.
Roberto Mancini hailed his men for their impressive teamwork in an interview after the game on Manchester City’s official website.
“The three points today is very important because it's important to stay on top with United and Chelsea. I think that today we had a fantastic spirit,” Roberto Mancini said.
“I think there are moments during the season where you don't play well, you concede a goal that we didn't concede last year or maybe you're missing three or four important players like today but in this moment it is important to stay calm and to work hard.”
The Italian also praised Edin Dzeko and hoped he would continue to fight for more goals. Edin Dzeko, who has been demanding more first-team action from Roberto Mancini, netted the winning goal in the dying moments of the game for Manchester City. This was the third time Edin Dzeko became Manchester City’s savior this season.
“I'm very happy because he [Dzeko] deserved to score. I hope he can score also when he plays from the start,” Roberto Mancini.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas admitted it became very hard to play against Manchester City in the second-half of the game. The former Chelsea manager explained that Manchester City’s high defensive lines increased the pressure on his midfield which resulted in pressure to his defensive lines.
“The plan before the game was to try and hold on to the ball a bit more, to have possession and try to connect up and link the wingers,” Andre Villas-Boas told Sky Sports after the game.
“It was difficult because Manchester City's line was very high and they pushed us very well, so it was difficult to make that second pass in the link up play.”