Italian boss demands improvement in work rate at Eastlands ahead of West Brom clash.
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Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has demanded an improved attitude from his side after they twice relinquished a lead in the 2-2 draw with Birmingham.
City are winless in three games and eight points behind leaders Manchester United, with their title hopes fading.
“We must improve. We need to play football again and the last two weeks we have to forgot this,” said Mancini.
“We must change our mentality, play football and stop conceding goals. We need to work harder in training.
“It was a disappointing result for us and we can’t keep conceding. It is impossible to win if you do that every time and the gap at the top at this moment is too much,” stated Mancini.
Asked if the title remained a realistic ambition, the Italian said: “It’s a big gap but football is strange and can change very quickly.”
What a difference a few weeks make. After playing out a dull 0-0 draw against Arsenal, Roberto Mancini and his players were booed off the the Emirates pitch and jeered with chants of ‘Boring, boring City’.
Despite the lifeless performance from the Blues, Mancini defended his team, claiming this was how League titles were won.
Since then, his players seemed to have forgotten his mantra.
They have not kept a clean sheet in the six games since, conceding 11 to to teams including Notts County, Leicester (admittedly in the FA Cup) and Wolves.
In the same period City have won only two games, with only one victory in the league. This is not Premier League winning form. Conceding twice and dropping two points against Birmingham have severely jeopardised their league ambitions.
Having gone from title challengers at the Emirates, the Blues are now looking over their shoulder at Chelsea and Tottenham.
Not securing Champions League football next season is unspeakable for Mancini. He has spent his oil-rich owners money in large amounts promising to be challenging for the title and to become the biggest club in Manchester.
If the Italian does not make the top four, it will not be just the team’s mentality that will need changing but the manager too.
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