Aston Villa don’t deserve to be 18th, says Man City boss Roberto Mancini
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini reckons Aston Villa don't deserve to be in 18th position ahead of their clash on Monday
Roberto Mancini has warned Manchester City not to underestimate Aston Villa ahead of their clash at Villa Park on Monday night.
The Citizens have the chance to close the gap on title rivals Manchester United to 12 points after the Red Devils were 4-0 winners against Norwich City on Saturday.
And Mancini feels Villa do not deserve to be the bottom three, with Paul Lambert’s side level on points with 17th-placed Wigan Athletic.
“Aston Villa are in a difficult situation,” said Mancini. “I don’t know their situation very well but for me they have good players.
“Maybe they have young players and this is the reason they fight against relegation.
“But it is my opinion they have good players and probably they don’t deserve to stay there.”
Meanwhile, Villa manager Lambert admitted he has been frustrated by his side’s failure to convert promising performances into crucial points.
“I felt there were signs of encouragement against Arsenal but then I’ve felt that for a few weeks without getting the results,” he said.
“That’s the frustrating thing, when you play well and don’t get results especially the games at Everton, West Brom and Swansea.
“When you have a two-goal lead at Everton and West Brom and you don’t see it through, or concede a late equaliser as was the case at Swansea, it’s frustrating.
“If you had taken maximum points from those games, then you’d be sitting mid-table and, against Arsenal, we should have had at least a point.”