Roberto Mancini asks men not give up hope on the Premier League title
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini wants his men to spark a comeback after a shocking 3-1 defeat to Southampton this weekend. The Italian boss was left red-faced on the sidelines as the Saints put a serious dent on Manchester City’s plan of defending their Premier League title.
Roberto Mancini was extremely unhappy with the performance from his side, something he labeled “worse than poor”. The defeat handed over archrivals Manchester United a 12-point lead on top of the Premier League table.
With just 12 games left in the Premier League season, it’s a race towards the title for Manchester United. Roberto Mancini has asked his men not to give up hope and come up with an apt response to their embarrassing defeat.
“When you play football and you are a top player, you should take your responsibility, always,” Roberto Mancini said. “It's not always the fault of the manager. The players should take responsibility - if they have big balls. If not, they can't play in a top team.”
After finishing at the bottom of their Champions League group, the Premier League title is slowly slipping away from Manchester City. Manchester City’s poor form has allowed Chelsea to come within four points of the runner-up spot.
Roberto Mancini admits it’s been a difficult season for his side, but he won’t lose the second-spot to Chelsea.
“For a team like us which has won the title, won the FA Cup, won the Charity Shield after 38 years, it's normal the year after as champions could be difficult,” Roberto Mancini said.
“But probably because we did some mistakes in the summer and we didn't improve our team. But now we have good players and I think we shouldn't do a match like this.”
Upon being asked if he should have opted for better transfers during the summer, Roberto Mancini declared that there was no point scrutinizing about things from the past.
“No, no, now we can do nothing about that,” Roberto Mancini said. “But in this moment we should do more because we have 12 games, we should get the maximum points we can get, we have the FA Cup and this season is not finished.
“I don't want to see a player like we saw. A player who plays like that should stay at home, not even be on the pitch. Usually, we play well and even when we don't play well we put everything on the pitch but we didn't even for that.
“That's the problem. Only this. They played better than us, they deserved to win, congratulations to Mauricio Pochettino, to Southampton, but I am very disappointed with our performance.”