Roberto Mancini has issued a defiant warning to Manchester City’s rivals despite a poor start to the season and claims, “We will win the title.” ESPN reports.
City’s poor form in the early part of the season has been well publicised, especially as the club has now gone four matches without a win for the first time during Mancini’s time in charge.
They are also awaiting their first clean sheet of the season and are conceding an average of two goals a game- letting in 14 goals in seven matches.
But the Italian is refusing to panic, especially as City are still unbeaten in the league and only trail leaders, Chelsea by four points.
“It is more difficult in the second year, but we will win the title,” he said. “There are some moments where maybe you don’t play well, the other team plays better than you or you are unlucky. This is one of those moments. You need only to stay calm and work hard.”
Mancini has also stated that the last-minute arrivals of Javi Garcia, Scott Sinclair and Matija Nastasic on the summer transfer window deadline day did not help the stability of his squad.
He had hoped to conclude the club’s business sooner rather than later, and feels the new signings combined with players returning late from Euro 2012 has disrupted City’s title defence.
“We didn’t work well in pre-season and we didn’t have all the defenders. We have conceded only two goals more than [at this stage of] last year, and maybe we have scored less,” he added.
The Italian also believes the quality of mid-table opposition such as, Stoke, Fulham and Sunderland has improved-making the Premier League even harder to win this year.
“All these teams like Fulham, Sunderland and Stoke are better and every game will be more difficult than last year. Saturday (away at Fulham) will be a really tough game because they play really well”, he claimed.