Roberto Mancini believes Manchester City can regain the Premier League title next season – but has again conceded this year’s crown to Manchester United, despite winning 2-1 in the derby at Old Trafford on Monday evening, the BBC
A goal from Sergio Aguero gave City victory, cancelling out a Vincent Kompany own goal that had equalised James Milner’s second-half opener. The win reduces the gap between City and United to 12 points with both teams having seven games left to play in the league this season.
Mancini however does not feel winning at the home of the league leaders will spur an unlikely comeback, instead admitting once more that Sir Alex Ferguson’s side will be champions and pinning the blame for losing the title on his own team.
“We know we can win the title next season but this year we made some mistakes,” Mancini said. “The championship is finished.”
The Italian added that he felt City had the better of United in their first meeting earlier this season, a game which the Blues eventually lost to a late Robin van Persie free-kick. Mancini continued: “It was important for us to take second position but I think we showed we don’t deserve to stay 15 points behind.
“They have had more consistency in this championship because they won more games but instead we lost points when we probably deserved to win.
“We showed we deserved to stay closer to the title but it is finished. If we lose the title by 15, 12 or 18 points, it does not change anything.”
City still have the FA Cup to play for and face Chelsea in the semi-final on Sunday, but are likely to do so without David Silva, who suffered a hamstring injury in the win at Old Trafford and is rated as a serious doubt for the upcoming fixture.
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