Roberto Mancini admits Man City unlikely to win Premier League title
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has acknowledged failure in defending the Premier League title. The Italian boss of the Eastlands led Manchester City to their first Premier League title in 44 years last season.
Roberto Mancini was expected to put on an impressive fight for the title yet again, but under par performances have created a 12-point gap between Manchester City and the Premier League leaders Manchester United.
Manchester City managed to cut down Manchester United’s lead with a 1-0 win over Aston Villa on Monday night, but their efforts still fall short of bringing them back into title contention.
Roberto Mancini believes Manchester City’s incapability to take advantage of the chances they have been allotted is the root cause behind their failure to stay on top.
“At Southampton, we played very well and we lost (3-1). We had other games like the one at Villa – against QPR and West Ham – where we missed four or five incredible chances,” Roberto Mancini said.
“Even in the Villa game, we had other chances to close out the match rather than winning 1-0. It has been our problem this year and has cost us points.
“We have a lot of chances in every game that we are missing. This is the difference at this moment (from last season).”
Roberto Mancini claims his side needs to win the remaining 10 games of the season if Manchester City is to have any hope of stealing Manchester United’s spot on top of the Premier League table.
The former Inter Milan manager has had to deal with a bunch of unfortunate injuries this season. Jack Rodwell, who has been out of the Manchester City team for most of the season, suffered another setback to his hamstring injury against Aston Villa on Monday night.
The relegation-threatened Aston Villa might get kicked out of the Premier League at the end of the season. Roberto Mancini mouthed words of encouragement for them and claimed they had the potential to stay alive in the top tier.
“I believe they are a good team. I think they can stay up. The problem they have is they have young players,” Roberto Mancini continued. “But if they are able to stay in Premier League, next season I think they can enjoy a good season.
“When you are a young team, maybe you can have some problems. But after one year I think they can improve.”