Downbeat Roberto Mancini refusing to panic


Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is refusing to feel the pressure after his side were held to a goalless draw at home to Birmingham City on Saturday.

The Citizens have now failed to hit the back of the net in three consecutive Premier League games at Eastlands to further stymie their title chances.

A recent 3-0 loss to Arsenal and the midweek stalemate with cross-town rivals Manchester United now sees the big-spending outfit trail leaders Chelsea by six points, with the Londoners having a game in hand against Sunderland on Sunday.

But the Italian, who replaced star-striker Carlos Tevez for Gareth Barry late in the day, much to the dismay of the fans, insists he will not buckle under the strain.

"I am frustrated because I wanted to win this game. I don't want to draw or lose a game," he said.

"What pressure? For what? You continue to say that I am under pressure. I am not under pressure. We are in fourth position. We have some problems, we must improve. We played 13 games.

"If you think that I put four strikers on we will score four goals, this is not football. All the supporters can think like this, here or in Italy, but it is not football. I must think like a manager.

"Altogether, we are unhappy. But I think that we played at 100 per cent, we had a lot of chances to score.

"But really we have this problem. We have some difficulty in scoring a lot of goals. I think it is important we had the chance to score. But we must improve. When we have a chance we must score."

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