Manchester City unlikely to remain unbeaten – Mancini
Roberto Mancini does not expect his side to go through the whole season without losing a league game
Roberto Mancini admits it is unlikely Manchester City will go through the entire Premier League season without losing, despite their impressive start.
Mancini’s league leaders are now the only side yet to suffer a defeat in the English top flight after their 3-1 win over Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
But the Italian, whose side take on Napoli in the Champions League on Tuesday, has played down the Eastlands club’s chances of remaining unbeaten for the whole campaign.
He said: “I hope that we can continue like this but in the 26 games that we have there will be a time that we will lose a game, I’m sure. But I’m happy for the players and I think we’re playing very well because we have good players.
“The team has imporved a lot, as players, as a team. I think we are a very strong team now but we should think that the season is long and probably there will be a difficult moment. For this reason it’s important now if you can score goals and you can win. It’s important.”
City have scored an impressive 42 league goals in their opening 12 fixtures – and Mancini believes his side are on a similar level to Barcelona and other top European clubs.
“We started the season very well and this confidence is important for the team,” he continued. “I don’t think we are better than Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, but probably we are at the same level.”