Ahead of this weekend’s Manchester derby, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has been discussing his club’s recent failure in the Champions League with
“I’m disappointed because we went out of the Champions League and I’m disappointed for the club because they deserve to go through and for our players, who deserve to play on that stage,” Mancini said.
“We knew it was difficult to win the Champions League. But our target in Europe was to get into the second stage.”
Mancini’s team finished bottom of Group D in the Champions League. They failed to win a game in the group stage and claimed all three of their points at the Etihad Stadium, drawing all of their home games. They finished with a goal difference of minus three and were eight points off a qualification slot in second place.
However the Italian insists that all is not lost. Mancini said: “It’s clear the season isn’t finished. We have the Premier League and FA Cup to go for, but we must work more now. What we’re doing is not enough.”
“Our target when we started the season was to defend our title. That was the main target.”
Mancini continued: “Our targets have not changed. Our main target was the Premier League and FA Cup – to win a trophy.”
The challenge for the Premier League continues on Sunday with a top of the table clash when city rivals Manchester United travel to the Etihad Stadium. Manchester City are unbeaten this season in the Premier League but find themselves in second place, three points behind their rivals from west Manchester.
If they win at the weekend City will go top on goal difference, a proximity that the two teams have maintained from last season where Manchester City won the Premier League in the last few moments of the last game on goal difference.
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