What the hell is Robero Mancini thinking?
He claims that with 3 games to play, even if City win the derby game on Monday night that United will still be favorites (even though City will go top of the table on goal difference with just 2 games to play)!
What sort of confidence building fighting talk is that? He manages the richest club in the world, has the most expensive team in the world, will be top of the league with 2 games to go and says his arch rivals will be favorites.
I know that Premier League managers like to play "mind games" with one another andI understand that sometimes people play down their positions, but when you have the finish line in site and you are in front, you have to make yourselves favorites and talk yourselves up. The league has to be seen as being totally in their hands to throw away if they win the derby and then lose the league! How can they think that United have the "easier" run in and should therefore be favorites. If City want to be pretenders and contenders, then how can they have any less confidence than to believe they can beat anyone and take the title.
Or is this just Mancini covering his own back in case the worst does happen ... that's just cowardice and very poor leadership in my opinion and only strengthens the fact that the "team" is comprised of mercenaries with no club spirit or loyalty.
You won't see Man Utd thinking like this, and Arsenal know that third place is in their hands and theirs only to lose, (even though they have the "harder" runi-in) and all the other teams below them would think similarly because they all have some kind of team spirit and club culture.
I am shocked by Mancini's approach and even more so now do hope that City win nothing this year!
The above comments stem from the following BBC article:
Roberto Mancini says Manchester United will still be favourites to win the Premier League - even if his Manchester City side win Monday night's derby.
Victory at Etihad Stadium would see Mancini's men leapfrog United to go top of the table on goal difference.
But the City boss said: "I think if we win this game, they are favourites. They have more chance than us.
"We play the derby and then Newcastle, that will be a very tough game, then after that QPR."
Mancini believes United have an easier run-in, adding: "United will play against Swansea and Sunderland and I think they will be two easy games."