Roberto Mancini ‘confident’ over Manchester City’s title chances

Roberto Mancini is confident over his Manchester City side's Premier League title chances this season

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Roberto Mancini's side are six points behind Manchester United Photo: Back Page Images

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Roberto Mancini is confident Manchester City will be able to retain their Premier League crown, despite being six points behind leaders Manchester United.

The Citizens pipped their local rivals to the title on goal difference last term but have fallen behind Sir Alex Ferguson’s men in the chase for this season’s trophy following their 3-2 derby defeat by the Red Devils.

Mancini admits his side’s challenge will also be affected by whether City are able to cope without Yaya Toure and Kolo Toure, who will play for Ivory Coast in the African Cup of Nations early next year.

“If we win this title it would be better because now we are in second position,” said Mancini ahead of City’s clash with Reading on Saturday.

“We have six points less [than United] and it will not be easy to win.”

“We can have a good chance. I am confident, [but] it will be very important in December and January when we lose players for the African Cup of Nations.

“If, at the end of January we are very close with them [Manchester United], we can have a chance.”

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