Man City news – Mancini: Defence needs work, Balotelli: City attack better than Barca, SWP to make Fulham switch

Mancini: Defence needs work.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has claimed his side must improve defensively if they’re to challenge for honours at the end of the season.

Last night’s 4-2 victory over Leicester means City have know conceded 7 goals in the last 3 games, something Mancini finds unacceptable.

“If you don’t concede a lot of goals then at the end of the season you will win something,” said Mancini.

“We must improve and work harder. It is all about concentration. We thought that the game was finished, then we conceded,” added Mancini. “I don’t like this. It’s exciting for the fans, but I prefer to win 4-1, 1-0 or 2-0.”

SWP to make Fulham switch.

Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips looks set to complete a loan move to Fulham, reports The Guardian.

The former Eastland’s favourite is keen to reunite with Mark Hughes after falling out of favour under the new regime at City. Fans rejoiced when the club re-signed him for £9m in August 2008 but, after a promising start, Wright-Phillips’s second spell at the club appears to have ended in disappointment.

Fulham had initially targeted a permanent move but complications arose after a reported insistence for a salary increase and a 4-year contract. The Fulham board deemed this an unrealistic and excessive demand for a player who turns 30 in October.

Balotelli: City attack better than Barca.

Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli has declared that the new-look strike force at Eastlands is unrivalled anywhere in the world.

The outlandish Italian claimed, “Our attack of Balotelli-Tevez-Dzeko is the best in the world, we are the strongest. Better even than Barcelona and Real Madrid.”

He also took the opportunity to hit out at former boss and current Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, who banished him from the first team for seven matches last season as Inter Milan went on to win the treble.

“Mourinho is the best coach in the world but as a man he has a lot to learn about politeness and respect,” said Balotelli.

“[But Mancini] he’s the most important coach I’ve had. Soon he’ll be the best in the world. As a man he’s 10km ahead of Mourinho.”

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