Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has admitted that his side’s massive win over Sunderland was a surprise and said he was delighted with the team’s performance.
The Blues defeated Steve Bruce’s men 5-0 at the City of Manchester Stadium on Sunday with goals from Adam Johnson, Carlos Tevez, David Silva, Patrick Vieira and Yaya Toure, earning a vital three points and jumping back up to third in the league.
“I am surprised but I am happy,” Mancini told BBC Sport, “It is important that we scored five goals. It is important that we continue and go to Liverpool and win next Monday.”
The Italian was also full of praise for troubled striker Mario Balotelli, claiming the 20-year-old put in a good shift for the team: “Mario was perfect today. It wasn’t important he didn’t score today. He worked for the team, he ran all day, he was perfect. He must continue this.”
City aim above Arsenal.
Roberto Mancini has revealed that Manchester City could beat Arsenal to second place in the league, Mirror Football has revealed.
The Citizens currently sit three points behind the Gunners who were held to a goalless draw by Blackburn Rovers and Mancini believes the runner-up spot is still in reach for his side.
When asked if he believes he can guide the Blues to their highest ever Premier League finish, the former Inter manager replied: “Why not? It was important for us to win this game for many reasons. We’re back in third place, just three points behind Arsenal and Chelsea are behind us, even though both have a game in hand on us.
“This win will give us a big confidence boost, but it’s important that we continue like this and go to win at at Liverpool on Monday. It was an important weekend with Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham all dropping points. But I think we can improve. We had a problem when we lost five or six players and were playing every three days.
“The difference is that we’ve had more time to train, recovered more players and only have problems with some defenders. Now we some players back I think we can continue to have performances like this.”
de Jong confident.
Nigel de Jong is confident that Manchester City can finish in the top four of the Premier League this season.
Speaking after his side’s 5-0 victory over Sunderland, the former Ajax midfielder believes the Blues can achieve their target of qualifying for the Champions League next season.
The Citizens are currently third in the league with a six point lead over fifth placed Tottenham Hotspur.
De Jong told Sky Sports: “Our main goal at the start of the season was to qualify for the Champions League and that’s still our main target, so it was a helpful three points today. There are still seven games to go and anything can happen but this is a great confidence boost for our team – we are real contenders for the Champions League places.”