Mancini: United are champions

Roberto Mancini has conceded the Premier League title but says he will be at Manchester City next season to try and win it back.

Last Updated: 28/03/13 at 15:58 Post Comment

Roberto Mancini: Manchester City boss determined to stay and challenge for Premi

Roberto Mancini: Manchester City boss determined to stay and challenge for Premi

More of the games that matter

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

Champions City will go into Saturday's home game with Newcastle 18 points behind Manchester United, if the leaders win at Sunderland in the day's early game.

And Mancini insists City's focus now should be holding off a challenge from London duo Chelsea and Tottenham for the runners-up spot.

He said: "It's over, but this doesn't change anything because we should do our best from now to the end.

"Every top team, when you can't win a title, you should try to play well, try to win all the games, and we have the FA Cup semi-final.

"We have Chelsea four points behind, Tottenham five points behind and we play another nine games. For this reason it's important to keep working hard."

Mancini wrote off City's chances last season only for his side to bridge an eight-point gap in the final six games.

But he said: "It is definite this time. It is over. We are disappointed that we can't win the title but United have been better than us."

The futures of Mancini and midfielder Yaya Toure continue to be questioned in the press, and newspaper reports on Thursday suggested the Italian has been earmarked as the man to revive Monaco's fortunes.

Asked about the link, Mancini said: "Monaco is one of the best teams in the French Second Division and they have a good manager. I'll stay here for a long time - like Yaya.

"Yaya is staying here a long time. He is one of the best players in the world and he will be staying for three, four, five years, I don't know."

More of the games that matter

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

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

d like to add players who push their team-mates out of the way to celebrate on their own

exhausted
The Ten Most Hated Things In Football

I

f I were Manuel Pellegrini I would keep quiet and hope the Board didn't notice City not winning anything. If he isn't sacked I'd be astonished.

lfcfan80
Pellegrini: I won't be sacked

S

till I suppose it still gives him at least another year in the job. By the time it comes around , he can always make up another excuse. First it was 3 months , then a year .....Next year ? Whats his excuse with Van Persie ?

spud1
Di Maria 'could peak next year'

Footer 365

Boro claim top spot as Derby lose

Middlesbrough became the new Championship leaders as they took advantage of Derby's latest slip by beating Millwall 3-0.

Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom: Benteke's late show helps end Villa's long wait for a win

Tim Sherwood recorded his first win as Aston Villa boss as Christian Benteke's late penalty helped beat West Brom 2-1.

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace: Sadio Mane's late strike keeps Saints in the hunt for fourth

Sadio Mane struck late at St Mary's to give Southampton a crucial 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace.

Mail Box

There Are Mitigating Circumstances For LVG

One Mailboxer is admant there are mitigating circumstances to LVG's struggles at Manchester Utd and he offers his four signings for next season...

LVG Stick Needs A Little Context...

LVG's rough ride from the media needs some context - then you would understand, while the Mailbox urges Nabil Bentaleb to go down...

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