Manchester City will lose title hopes if Arsenal defeats them, Mancini
Roberto Mancini admits that Manchester City’s hopes of winning the Premier League title could end this Sunday. Eastlands looked set to bring home the Premiership after 44 long years but a loss of five points allowed Manchester United to become league leaders once again.
City’s arch rivals, United sit on top of the Premier League with 7 matches remaining in the season. United have easy games ahead of them, City on the other hand are not so fortunate.
Manchester City would require more than a Herculean effort to defeat in-form Arsenal at the Emirates this Sunday. City could recall the services of Sergio Aguero, who has just recently cleared by the medical team, however a win against Arsenal would guarantee a lead against United.
Not even a win in the upcoming derby can guarantee a lead. City needs United to lose or at draw a game in order to stay in contention for the league title. United play before City this weekend, therefore if they win their match against QPR they would acquire an eight-point lead.
Mancini knows a defeat against Arsenal would see City to another trophy-less season. “If we lose against Arsenal and they beat QPR – yes,” Mancini said agreeing to the end of their title campaign.
Mancini is still cursing over City dismissive form against Sunderland.
“Against Sunderland we didn't play very well, for me we were so flat in the first half. But we shot 25 times on goal, we had 65 percent ball possession. Sunderland shot three times at goal and scored three goals (in a 3-3 draw).”
"We did some mistakes defensively but we were unlucky,” Mancini added. “But now we can say nothing, we can't think about Sunderland. We should think positive for the next seven games. I think it may be more difficult but it is my opinion that this championship is not finished.”
“Maybe, in this moment, there is someone that maybe doesn't believe because it is difficult, but we believe always. Also we should play a derby -- the derby will be three points, and I think in six games they (United) can lose other points.”