Monday, 8 August 2011

News: Mancini disappointed with Derby day defeat

Speaking after the 3-2 defeat to Manchester United, Mancini admitted he was lost for words at how his side managed to lose control of the game and let it slip out of their hands. After being 2-0 up at half time, goals from Smalling and Nani ten minutes after the break and a last minute winner ensured United completed a comeback, which, in reality, should never have happened.

Mancini said: "I’m disappointed because in the dressing room at 45 minutes we were two goals up, but when you’re ahead like that you need to control the game. The big positive for me was the last 20 minutes of the first half, but in the second half United pushed back at us because they were down and we lost control of the game. You cannot allow that to happen.”

“As I said in the press conference before the game, United have a top squad and were the better team. But that does not mean we cannot win the title, we need to improve and complete our team, and find our best form."
"We need to understand why we lost this game, we played well and went two-nil up, but we need to have a strong mentality. When we play a strong side like United or when we are in the Champions League, we need to continue to keep playing football. We can’t go like we did in the second half today. It’s important that we understand this. We’re disappointed because we wanted to win this trophy, so we have to understand why we lost and improve.”

Another downside for City fans was the fact they didn't get to see new signing Sergio Aguero for the first time, but Mancini said he needs to train more before he can play.

"Aguero is not ready to play, he maybe could have played in the last 10 minutes but it was difficult because we needed tall players for set pieces. Sergio needs to train more, he only finished three weeks ago and he needs to both train and recover. He does not need a pre season like the other players but he needs to find his form"

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