Roberto Mancini: Man City still on track for Premier League title

Roberto Mancini believes it is crucial that Manchester City are still Premier League leaders after a difficult month for the Italian

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Roberto Mancini's side are two points clear at the top of the table PA Photos

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Roberto Mancini believes Manchester City are still on track for their first Premier League title despite a difficult month blighted by suspensions and injuries.

City captain Vincent Kompany and Mario Balotelli both received four-game bans, David Silva picked up an injury, and the Toure brothers are away on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations.

And Mancini’s side suffered defeats against Sunderland and Everton, while Manchester United ended City’s hopes of retaining the FA Cup.

But the 47-year-old Italian believes it is crucial City have maintained their position at the top of the table, and he is confident the Eastlands outfit can pip United to the title.

“It is important to be at the top at the moment – this is very important,” he told The Daily Star.

“During the season we know there are difficult moments. I don’t think we had a bad month in January, but we had a difficult month because this can happen with injuries, players away and players banned.

“If you have these problems, maybe it’s clear that you can’t always play very well.”

City make the difficult trip to Aston Villa on Sunday, and Mancini urged his players to replicate their performance against Fulham which saw the league leaders ease to a comfortable 3-0 victory.

“We will have a difficult game in Birmingham but if we have the same attitude that we had on Saturday against Fulham we will do well,” said the Italian.

“It is important that we stay top and don’t think about the other teams.”

“Manchester United can win all their games – they are strong like us. For this reason I don’t think we can think about the other teams.”

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