Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has claimed that his side is superior to cross town rivals Manchester United, the
City lost their long unbeaten home streak, stretching back nearly two years, as well as their unbeaten run in this season, in a thrilling Manchester derby on Sunday, going down 3-2 thanks to a late Robin van Persie winner. But Mancini, now in his second full season in charge of City, believes he commands the better side of the two Manchester clubs.
“United have more experience but we have a much better team and play much better football,” Mancini said. City now find themselves six points behind United, who lead the league.
Mancini himself has come in for heavy criticism for starting temperamental star Mario Balotelli on Sunday, a move that appeared to backfire when the Italian striker was hauled off after 51 minutes with City trailing 2-0.
However, Mancini insists Balotelli still has something to offer the club. “We are waiting for the moment he becomes aware of his talent. That is why he is not for sale,” Mancini said. Balotelli has made 13 league appearances this season, scoring just once, having netted 18 goals last season for the Blues.
In transfer news, Mancini has ruled out both Daniele De Rossi and Wesley Sneijder joining City in the January transfer window. Speaking of Roma’s De Rossi, Mancini said that he believed “he will not leave” Roma, whilst a previous attempt for Sneijder failed in the summer, and that City’s interest “ended there.”
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