Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has warned his side may have to go back to boring football if they are to maintain a genuine challenge for the title this season.
The Citizens have scored 13 and conceded 11 goals in their last six matches and currently sit third in the league eight points behind leaders and archrivals Manchester United and the former Inter manager has revealed that his side may have to return to winning games by one goal in order to bring some silverware to the blue half of Manchester: “We have conceded too many goals and this must change. It has been a big problem for us. You can have moments like this in a season but you must get past it.
“I like 1-0 wins. When you don’t concede a goal and you have players like Edin Dzeko, Carlos Tevez or David Silva, you win 90%. I prefer we are boring for two to three matches and we win 1-0.”
Hart will not be dropped.
Roberto Mancini has shown his confidence in City’s number one goalkeeper Joe Hart after reports emerged that the 23-year-old was worried he was about to be dropped from the starting line-up.
The Blues boss has criticised Hart for lacking in concentration but stressed that he is not the only reason the team has conceded so many goals in recent weeks: “Joe is the best in England,” said Mancini. “The problem is when the goalkeeper makes a mistake, maybe you lose 1-0.
“This is the second season Joe has been in the first team. It’s my opinion he is a fantastic goalkeeper who should improve 100 per cent. Maybe sometimes he has lost his concentration but I am very happy with him. I know Joe very well, and all our players. I’m not worried about my goalkeeper.
“If you look at the Birmingham game, we defended very badly as a team at set-pieces. This was the problem, not just Joe.”
City tried for Torres.
Mancini has also revealed that his club failed in an attempt to buy Fernando Torres in the summer.
The Spaniard joined Chelsea on the final day of the January transfer window for £50million.
The Italian showed his admiration for Torres, labelling him a ‘fantastic’ talent but was quick to add that he is happy with the players he has at his disposal and compared his new striker Edin Dzeko to the former Liverpool player: “Maybe in the summer we tried but it was difficult.
“He is a fantastic player. Maybe it was time to change shirts because he wanted to leave. He is one of the best strikers in Europe and I am sure he will be fantastic for Chelsea.
“For us, we have bought Dzeko and are happy with him. He is like Torres.”