Manchester City manager confident of closing the gap

Roberto Mancini is a ‘glass half full’ kind of guy. His City team are struggling to cling on to the coat tails of Manchester United at the moment, although the Italian still believes that his champions can retain their Premier League crown.

Manchester City manager confident of closing the gap

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January 14th, 2013

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Laurent Koscielny’s error of judgement allowed Manchester City to claim a straightforward win at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday to once again reduce the gap to seven points, with Mancini claiming that his team can haul in Manchester United over the coming months.

“United are a really strong team,” he said. “In this moment, they play very well. But the season is long. It’s important for us to be there, close with them, and we will arrive the moment they lose points.

“We’re under pressure maybe before, but seven, eight or nine points, everything can change at the moment. We have the derby on April 6 and we need to arrive there with five or four points behind, it is okay.”

Even so, the derby at Old Trafford doesn’t just represent a chance for City to close the gap but also for United to potentially win the title.

Meanwhile, Mancini confirmed that the club will appeal the red card awarded to Vincent Kompany after his challenge on Jack Wilshere was perceived as a dangerous one by referee Mike Dean.

“We will do an appeal and I think we can win, because it’s easy, it is correct,” he said. “But we have a problem because we’re missing a lot of players. Now we are losing him for three games, but I don’t think we should.”

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