Man City 2 Tottenham 1: This is a huge win, declares Mancini
Man City 2 Tottenham 1: Roberto Mancini reflects on a "huge win" for the Citizens after coming from behind to beat Spurs
Roberto Mancini hailed his side’s fighting spirit after Manchester City came from a goal down to beat Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad.
Spurs took the lead through Steven Caulker’s 21st-minute header but Sergio Aguero levelled for the defending champions in the 65th minute.
Substitute Edin Dzeko then sealed the three points with two minutes left to play when he combined with David Silva and fired home.
The win keeps City two points behind league leaders Manchester United and Mancini felt his side showed a similar desire to that displayed in their title-winning campaign last term.
“It was a huge win because it was a difficult moment,” said Mancini. “We had a lot of important players injured and today I saw the same spirit from the players that I saw last year.
“In the first half we played well. Tottenham I didn’t feel had chances apart from a couple of set pieces. We need to improve there. But after they scored first I thought we played fantastic.
“We are unlucky with the referee at the moment. Today we deserved to win this game, the players were fantastic. The supporters were fantastic and in the second half they were like the 12th player on the pitch.
“The Premier League season is long and difficult – there are a lot of teams who can fight for the title, Tottenham can come back and fight for it, as can Arsenal.
“We made some mistakes in the Champions League but in football you can never say never.”