Roberto Mancini believes Man City needs “experience and the right squad”
Roberto Mancini believes his former club Manchester City need to further mature and grow in strength before considering themselves amongst the top European clubs. The former Manchester City manager claims the Eastlands are “still a bit behind the big European clubs”.
The former Inter Milan manager got sacked as the boss of Etihad Stadium soon after the summer began. The Italian tactician was under heavy fire for a lack lustrous season, which saw another miserable Champions League exit, facing defeat in the FA Cup final to relegated Wigan Athletic and losing out the Premier League title to archrivals Manchester United.
Manuel Pellegrini will replace Roberto Mancini at Manchester City in the next couple of days. The former Malaga manager is expected to struggle at the Eastlands in the beginning. The Chilean will have to work hard to win over the hearts of Manchester City fans, who are still disappointed with the club’s sacking of Roberto Mancini.
Roberto Mancini, who ended Manchester City’s 45-year long drought of silverware and 33-year long wait for the Premier League trophy, believes Manchester City needs “experience and the right squad” to acquire success in the Champions League.
“I would say City are a bit like Juventus. They are growing but are still a bit behind the big European clubs,” Roberto Mancini told The Sun. “To win the Champions League you need experience and the right squad. There aren't many games, so if you get two wrong then you're out of the running.
“In the Champions League last year, we had the toughest group. Now they have lost two important players in Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli.”
Roberto Mancini shunned the idea that German teams had become a dominating force in the Champions League in recent years, although Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund played in the Champions League final at Wembley last season.
“I do not agree with those who say German or even English clubs are dominant in Europe,” Roberto Mancini added. “The Germans have the benefit of a long winter break, while the English lose intensity as time goes on because they never stop playing.
“Bayern Munich are the team to beat, as they are full of stars, solid at the back and strong on the counter-attack. I still consider Barcelona to be the strongest team, though.”