Man City lagging behind in Europe, says Mancini

Former manager Roberto Mancini believes Manchester City lack the experience to succeed in the Champions League and are lagging behind their European rivals, Sky Sports has reported.

Mancini was sacked by City shortly before the end of last season after failing to win a trophy, losing the league title to Manchester United by a heavy margin and dropping the FA Cup to Wigan Athletic, who were later relegated from the Premier League.

City also struggled in Europe, finishing bottom of their Champions League group and exiting continental competition altogether. A year earlier City were third in the group stage, dropping into the Europa League, but struggled to make an impact in that tournament either.

Mancini believes City lack some important qualities to enjoy success in Europe, comparing his former club to Serie A champions Juventus in that regard. “I would say City are a bit like Juventus. They are growing but are still a bit behind the big European clubs,” Mancini said.

To win the Champions League you need experience and the right squad. There aren’t many games, so if you get two wrong then you’re out of the running. In the Champions League last year, we had the toughest group. Now they have lost two important players in Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli,” he added.

Mancini went on to say that he does not believe English football to be the strongest in Europe, revealing his belief that while there are powerful individual clubs, the leagues themselves are lacking. “ I do not agree with those who say German or even English clubs are dominant in Europe,” Mancini said.

The Germans have the benefit of a long winter break, while the English lose intensity as time goes on because they never stop playing,” the Italian went on. “Bayern Munich are the team to beat, as they are full of stars, solid at the back and strong on the counter-attack. I still consider Barcelona to be the strongest team, though.

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