Etihad Stadium

Next Game

Man City v S'land

Thursday, 01 January 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Etihad Stadium

Last Game

Man City 2 - 2 Burnley

Sunday, 28 December 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Mancini upbeat on title hopes

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini insists his team will successfully defend their Premier League crown despite their stuttering start.

Last Updated: 22/12/12 at 14:20 Post Comment

Roberto Mancini: Hopeful of adding to City's trophy cabinet

Roberto Mancini: Hopeful of adding to City's trophy cabinet

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Italian is celebrating three years in charge at the Etihad this week and would be forgiven for being a little downbeat having fallen six points behind leaders and neighbours United.

But speaking about their title chances ahead of Saturday's visit by struggling Reading, the 48-year-old said: "I think we will win.

"We have two targets and I think if we work better than the first six months and we forget what we did last year we have more chance to win the league.

"If we win this title it would be better because now we are in second position."

Mancini is not a manager used to going too long without silverware after successful spells at Fiorentina, Lazio, Inter Milan before his move to England in 2009.

Supported by the investment of the club's Abu Dhabi-based owners, City's 35-year trophy drought ended with FA Cup glory in 2011, followed by their memorable last-gasp Premier League triumph in May this year.

There have been reports of City's hierarchy keen on a new man at the helm following their recent miserable exit in the Champions League group stages.

But having signed a five-year contract last summer, Mancini seems keen on sticking around and is desperate to continue his good work, adding: "We started to win two years ago and every year we won a trophy.

"I think that is very important for us. It could be that in some seasons you can't win the Premier League but if you win the FA Cup - I think it's important to keep this habit.

"For us, it is important to win a trophy every year. If we continue to do it this way, it will be good.

"But we need to improve. It is easy to arrive on top but it will be more difficult to stay there for a long time. This is the big challenge for us.

"In football things can change in five games, 10 games. In Italy things can change after one game. Here maybe in three or four months, six months, if you don't win, every chairman can decide to change.

"But this not my problem. I work hard with people who are really good people and they always support me and the team. This is important."

One major concern for Mancini is the impending departure of Ivory Coast stars Yaya Toure and Kolo Toure for the African Cup of Nations.

"I am confident, but it will be very important in December and January when we lose players for the African Cup of Nations," he added.

"If, at the end of January we are very close with them [United], we can have a chance."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

HarryBoulton
One Point And One Conclusion For United

P

arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

magicfuller
Warnock sacked by Palace

W

e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

gettalong
Wenger: Giroud deserved red

Footer 365

Premier League: Tony Popovic would be free to leave current club for Crystal Palace job

Western Sydney Wanderers chairman Paul Lederer will not stand in Tony Popovic's way if Crystal Palace approach him.

Sky sources: Alan Irvine will be in charge for West Brom's trip to West Ham on New Year's Day

A senior West Brom source has told Sky Sports News HQ that Alan Irvine will be in charge for the game against West Ham.

Sky sources: Newcastle 'disappointed' over Alan Pardew link to Crystal Palace

Newcastle are disappointed at the timing of the speculation linking their manager Alan Pardew with Crystal Palace.

Mail Box

What's Happened To Everton And Martinez?

There aren't many people still talking about how the Spaniard is better than David Moyes. Plus, thoughts on Jose Mourinho's moaning and Spurs at least being very fit...

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property