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Mancini tells City: Sharpen up

Roberto Mancini says Manchester City's lack of killer instinct is responsible for the 12-point gap at the top.

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Roberto Mancini: Lost out in race for Robin van Persie's signature

Roberto Mancini: Lost out in race for Robin van Persie's signature

Mancini is not giving up on securing back-to-back Premier League titles despite the huge deficit on Manchester United with just 10 games to play.

But City, who lost out to United in the race to sign Robin van Persie last summer, have scored 18 fewer goals than they had at the same stage last season - one fewer than the Dutchman has managed in his first season at Old Trafford.

And in the wake of a 1-0 win at Aston Villa Mancini said: "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.

"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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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