Mancini wants strong finish

Roberto Mancini urged his Manchester City players to keep performing at the same level for the rest of the season after an emphatic 4-0 victory over Newcastle United.

Last Updated: 31/03/13 at 07:06 Post Comment

Roberto Mancini: Pleased with Manchester City's performance against Newcastl

Roberto Mancini: Pleased with Manchester City's performance against Newcastl

City's chances of defending their Premier League title appear extremely faint as they trail leaders Manchester United by 15 points with eight games left to play, but Mancini still expects a lot from his side as they aim to finish with a flourish.

And he was delighted with the way City shrugged off a slow start to defeat Newcastle thanks to goals from Carlos Tevez, David Silva and Vincent Kompany, as well as a James Perch own goal.

"They defended very well. It was difficult. Maybe we didn't have a good tempo in the first 20 to 25 minutes but after that we played quicker and scored a goal," Mancini told Sky Sports.

"If we play like this, we play very well. We have another eight games, and an FA Cup semi-final, and we need to continue playing like today."

Asked if City would be looking to win every remaining match this season, Mancini admitted it would be important to keep his squad fit.

He said: "We want to try, but we wanted this also two months ago. The Premier League is difficult and it is important that we don't lose players to injury for the next two months."

Mancini was pleased to see Kompany back in action for City, after he had played for Belgium in midweek against the club's wishes following a two-month injury lay-off.

"I don't think he is 100 per cent because it is his second game after 60 days out," said the City boss. "Maybe he needs to work more, but he is an important player for us."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

still can't see the Phil Jones thing that some people go on about. Whenever I watch him play it's a repeat of headless chicken meets a gurning Bambi on ice for 90 minutes.

diabolicaldiaby
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

P

robably the first list I've come across in a long time where I agree with a large majority of what was written. Can't agree with everything though, Zaba has had an awful season by his standards, I'd put Monreal (a player who I've never rated) up there, gotta give credit where it's due, he's really stepped up his game.

scroteymcbooger
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

S

ome top analysis here..... UNITED WOULD BE TOP IF IT WEREN'T FOR ALL THEM GAMES THEY LOST

benvo81
United Progress Stifled By Bottom-Half Record

Footer 365

Brendan Rodgers says he will be a better manager at Liverpool next season

Brendan Rodgers believes he "will be a better manager" next season, and has criticised the "short-termism" that has threatened to dislodge him at Liverpool.

Jose Mourinho agrees new Chelsea deal, claim reports

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has verbally agreed a two-year extension to his contract, according to reports.

Swansea's Bafetimbi Gomis could return from injury against Arsenal

Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis could return to action against Arsenal after nearly a month on the sidelines.

Mail Box

Giroud Is More Than Good Enough...

Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott are integral to Arsenal's title hopes next season. There's also more on handballs, Juventus, and Ronaldo holding Bale back...

How Is Coutinho Rated Above Cazorla?

We have a mailbox packed full of views on Santi Cazorla, what Arsenal and United need this summer, the idiocy of St Totteringham's Day and rather a lot more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company