Etihad Stadium manager takes blame for Goodison Park loss.
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has quite sensationally blamed himself for his team’s 1-0 defeat to Everton last night.
The Italian coach saw his team lose a tight match, despite enjoying 68% of possession and 21 shots on goal to the Toffees’ 11.
“Probably it’s my fault because we didn’t prepare very well for this game,” Mancini confessed to BBC Sport.
“I thought before the game it was going to be easier but it is never easy.”
Mancini went on to explain that the wrong approach in training prior to the game led to the team’s loss.
“The players put everything on the pitch but I made some mistakes during the last three days preparing for this game,” said the Italian.
“I didn’t prepare very well.
“For this reason we lost this game but I also feel we didn’t deserve it because they had two chances to score and we were so unlucky in the same situation.”
Roberto Mancini was without Mario Balotelli of course, with the striker suspended for meeting Scott Parker’s head with his boot.
Despite being quite prolific at the beginning of the season, Edin Dzeko seems less trusted in big games, and Mancini’s realisation that Everton away is a tough game – although too late – may have seen the Italian forward selected instead of the Bosnian.
As it stands, Manchester City have lost their three point lead at the top to rivals Manchester United.