Mancini: City a bit behind

Roberto Mancini believes former club Manchester City are growing but still have some way to go to match the best in Europe.

Last Updated: 08/07/13 at 13:24 Post Comment

Roberto Mancini: Has warned Manuel Pellegrini that European success will be hard

Roberto Mancini: Has warned Manuel Pellegrini that European success will be hard

More of the games that matter

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

City have enjoyed great domestic success over the past few years, winning the FA Cup in 2011 and the Premier League 12 months later, but Mancini lost his job as manager when they ended last season without a major trophy.

Perhaps the most significant blemish on Mancini's record during his time in charge was City's poor performance in the UEFA Champions League, having failed to get beyond the group phase for two straight seasons.

The Italian's successor, Manuel Pellegrini, has done well in the competition previously with Villarreal and Malaga and will be expected to mount a stronger challenge, but Mancini has warned that City still trail the continent's finest teams.

Mancini was quoted in the Sun as saying: "I would say City are a bit like Juventus. They are growing but are still a bit behind the big European clubs.

"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.

"I do not agree with those who say German or even English clubs are dominant in Europe.

"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."

More of the games that matter

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

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

o Brendan is full of sh!t, who'd have thought it eh?

fatbob30
Carroll accuses Rodgers

P

resumably, you wanted to keep the version of Downing that was never seen at Anfield. The one that another manager has managed to re-create. The one you passed over.

badwolf
Rodgers: I wanted to keep Downing

T

he uber commercialisation of the 90s has led to the point where this overly familar, try hard, jolly hockey sticks type fronts up a major football match on a weekly basis. Unlike the great presenters of yesteryear, I doubt he would even recognise the scent of Brut.

mufc phil
Football On TV: Jake Humphrey

Footer 365

Andy Carroll accuses Brendan Rodgers of lying

Andy Carroll has accused Brendan Rodgers of lying to him when he was trying to force him out of Anfield.

Frank Lampard tells Soccer AM that Jose Mourinho would 'love' him back at Chelsea

Frank Lampard has revealed Jose Mourinho would "love" him to return to Chelsea once his playing career is over.

David de Gea future key to Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has reiterated his desire to keep David de Gea at Old Trafford.

Mail Box

'Costa Is A Bad Man. Suarez Is Not'

That's quite some claim. And yes, unfortunately we are still talking about this. We also have mails on Ronaldinho, possible replacements for Yaya Toure and more...

Red Mist Better Than Calculated Costa?

Hmmm. We're not sure about this argument - one Mailbox says Luis Suarez is easier to forgive because he is a little loco. We also have mails on Studge and more...

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