Mancini wants to see Man City defence improve

Roberto Mancini has called on his Manchester City defence to do better after seeing his side conceded two goals in the second consecutive Premier League match, the BBC has reported.

Having opened the defence of their title with a nervy 3-2 win over newly-promoted Southampton a week ago, City drew 2-2 at Anfield with Liverpool on Sunday. The champions also conceded twice in the Community Shield victory over Chelsea, letting in six goals in three games. Last season – it took until the end of September for City to concede the same amount, in far fewer games – seven.

Mancini – who also revealed that he expected a busy week in the transfer market before the window closes on Friday – said: “[But now] is the time to finish conceding two goals every game. We are not 100% for many reasons, for this it is important we didn’t lose this game.

City twice came from behind to take a point from Liverpool, with Martin Skrtel scoring the Reds’ first goal and also gifting City their second equaliser when he under hit a pass to goalkeeper Pepe Reina. Carlos Tevez stole in and slotted past the Spaniard, adding to Yaya Toure’s first leveller. Luis Suarez was also on target for Liverpool, netting a free-kick after Jack Rodwell was adjudged to have handled.

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