Roberto Mancini wary of increasing deficit

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has admitted that if the gap between his side and current Premier League leaders Manchester United increases to eight points, the race for the title will be over.

The Etihad Stadium outfit have led the way for most of the season, but faltering form has seen the defending champions open up a five-point advantage at the summit.

The Italian coach has admitted making mistakes of late, and stressed that if the gap gets any bigger his side can kiss the title goodbye.

“If we go eight points behind then it is finished,” Mancini told Sky Sports.

“It’s clear we are disappointed. We have made some mistakes, me and the team. We have also been unlucky, like losing three or four key players at an important moment.

“But when you are a strong team you should be able to pass these difficult moments.

“Yet football can change in two or three games. I had an experience in Italy with Inter Milan when we were five points behind with five games to go yet we still went on to win the title,” he concluded

Meanwhile, reports have emerged stating that Mario Balotelli and Yaya Toure had to be pulled apart in a dressing room bust-up at half time in City’s 3-3 draw against Sunderland on Saturday.

The Daily Mail have published that Toure was disappointed with Balotelli’s behaviour in the game, with a war-of-wards ensuing.

City travel to London to take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

By Gareth McKnight