Man City’s Roberto Mancini calm despite losing ‘two points’ at QPR

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is still optimistic about his side's league title chances despite their draw with QPR

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Roberto Mancini believes Manchester City are still in the title race despite the defending Premier League champions being held to a goalless draw by struggling Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday.

City were much the better side in the first half, and Júlio Cesar had to produce a world-class save to deny Citzens midfielder Gareth Barry on the stroke of half-time.

QPR looked to hit the visitors on the counter-attack for much of the encounter, and Adel Taarabt broke past the City rearguard midway through the second half but the Moroccan was denied by Joe Hart.

However, the best chance of the match fell to David Silva in the 82nd minute, with the Spain international’s close-range shot superbly blocked by Cesar.

“We lost two points, this is sure,” he said. “But the season is long and I think I can say nothing because we played well, we had the chances but didn’t
score – that is all it is.

“We are disappointed with this result because we had a lot of chances to win, we dominated this game but when you play like this and don’t score quickly it can be difficult.”

Mancini also heaped praise on his former Inter Milan goalkeeper: “QPR defended very well and got players behind the ball and Julio Cesar was incredible.”

Meanwhile, Harry Redknapp was delighted to secure a point against the reigning league champions as the Hoops edged close to 17th-place Wigan Athletic.

“I would have thought against the league champions I would be happy with a point,” he said.

“We defended fantastically all over the park, everybody worked again and it was another solid performance and another clean sheet – another big point for us.”

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