Mancini: Title race still over

Roberto Mancini dismissed any suggestion Man City could still win the title after beating Man United at Old Trafford.

Last Updated: 08/04/13 at 23:48 Post Comment

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini dismissed any suggestion his side might still have a chance of winning the Barclays Premier League after their derby win over Manchester United.

Mancini conceded defeat in the title race after falling 15 points behind last month and reducing the arrears with a deserved 2-1 success at Old Trafford did little to change his mind.

Sergio Aguero came off the bench to score a sublime winner as City at least made a point to their neighbours and league leaders.

City had led early in the second half through a deflected James Milner strike before Phil Jones forced Vincent Kompany to turn into his own net.

When asked if the result could affect United's confidence ahead of their final seven games, Mancini said: "United? No. The championship is finished.

"But we deserved to win because we played better, we played good football. We didn't take any risk."

For Mancini, the remaining Premier League fixtures are all about securing second place and, with that in mind, Mancini was especially pleased with the win.

The Italian said: "This is important for us because we can get second position.

"Maybe we have one game in hand and if we win the game against Wigan we go 10 points in front of Tottenham.

"After that maybe we don't have a problem.

"This is for our supporters because they deserve this victory. After being 15 points behind it was important for them."

Of some concern for City was the loss of playmaker David Silva in the closing stages of the game with a hamstring injury.

The Spaniard now looks doubtful for Sunday's FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

Mancini said: "Maybe it is not so bad but I don't think he will be ready for Chelsea."

Mancini will now begin his preparations for the Chelsea clash as he targets a second cup final appearance in three years.

He said: "I think it will be a different game, it is a semi-final.

"Chelsea are in a good moment, they play well and it will be difficult.

"It will be a good game, probably, but it will be different. Semi-finals are different from championship games."

While winning the FA Cup would bring City handsome consolation after their apparent failure to defend the title, a review of why they have failed to achieve their prime objectives will still be undertaken.

Mancini feels City proved with their defeat of United they are capable of challenging for title glory again next season.

Mancini said: "We need to continue to play like this for next season.

"We have two or three months where we can work well, where we can improve our team.

"I think we showed tonight we can't be 15 points behind.

"But we can say United won a lot of games. They lost their last game against Norwich a long time ago and they deserve to win this title, for sure."

Mancini was bemused by a recent report suggesting he had been to Abu Dhabi to meet with the club's owners.

He said: "I was on there holiday, I didn't train for 10 days.

"People who said this are very stupid. This was a personal situation."


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