Mancini insists “championship is finished” for Man City despite 2-1 victory over Man Utd
In the end it was a bitter sweet victory for Manchester City. The Eastlands defeated Manchester United for the second successive season at Old Trafford, but lost the services of their star midfielder David Silva for the FA Cup semifinal clash against Chelsea on Sunday. The Spain international got off injured from the 2-1 derby victory at Old Trafford.
The 27-year-old attacking midfielder was replaced by Joleon Lescott after he picked up hamstring injury in the final minutes of the game. Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes the nature of the injury isn’t serious, but David Silva won’t be able to recover before Sunday’s battle against Chelsea.
“Maybe it is not so bad, but I don't think he will be ready for Chelsea,” Roberto Mancini said.
Interestingly, Manchester City players were the only ones who scored at Old Trafford. James Milner drew first blood in the 51st minute giving his team the lead, but an own goal from skipper Vincent Kompany allowed Manchester United to equalize. Seven minutes after he was brought on to the field, Sergio Aguero haunted Manchester United with memories from last season through a superb goal.
In spite of grabbing a crucial and memorable victory, Roberto Mancini insists the “championship is finished”. Manchester City’s latest victory has cut-down Manchester United’s lead on top of the table to 12 points.
The Italian boss of Eastlands claims Manchester United are too far ahead of his side, but they won’t be next year. Roberto Mancini slo compared the big gap league leaders had in other European Leagues.
“In football this can happen,” Roberto Mancini said. “In Spain, in Germany - Real Madrid and Barca (are) too far (apart), Bayern Munich and Dortmund too far.
“There are some years when maybe you lose stupid points like us against QPR, Liverpool at home. It that moment we lost five or six points and after that it was difficult.”
Roberto Mancini claims Manchester City’s downfall came due to the absence of key players like Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure. The former Inter Milan boss feels Manchester City will have to strengthen depth in his squad this summer.
“This season we had some problems with some important players injured - Aguero, Vinny, Yaya - for African Cup. We are not a team that can lose three or four important players like this,” Roberto Mancini said.
The Italian boss was happy to have grabbed his second successive league victory at Old Trafford. “We deserved to win because we played better. We played good football,” Roberto Mancini said.