Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has pointed the finger of blame at his misfiring strikers for the club failings this season.
Both clubs have lost only lost on three occasions all season, but, critically, United have registered 23 wins to City’s 17, netting 17 more goals.
Mancini believes that the deficiencies of his side were shown during their 1-0 win over Aston Villa on Monday night, a game he feels his side should have wrapped up easily:
“At Southampton, we played very well and we lost 3-1.” He is quoted by Sky Sports.
“We had other games like the one at Villa – against QPR and West Ham – where we missed four or five incredible chances.
“Even in the Villa game, we had other chances to close out the match rather than winning 1-0. It has been our problem this year and has cost us points”
He then shifted the blame toward his strikers, insisting that chances are being created but not finished with the regularity he would like:
“We have a lot of chances in every game that we are missing. This is the difference at this moment.”
City are in danger of missing out on second spot, with in-form Tottenham just five points behind.
Mancini’s side remain in the FA Cup, but finished bottom of their group in the Champions League.
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