Mancini's New Year rallying call
- Sat 01 Jan 2011, 8:15AM
- Posted by David Clayton
Roberto Mancini’s New Year message to City fans is ‘pump up the volume!’ during home games, beginning with clash against Blackpool today and for the rest of the campaign.
The Blues’ boss believes the supporters can play a huge part in the team’s success by making the City of Manchester Stadium a fortress in the second half of the season.
Three points against Ian Holloway’s team and a draw or worse for leaders Manchester United at West Brom could see City top the first Premier League table of 2011 outright this evening and Mancini wants the home faithful to sing and shout encouragement from the first to the last minute.
“At the moment the feeling around the club is very good,” he said. “We have improved as a team over the past few months and it is nice to go into the New Year as joint leaders of the Premier League.
I think there is a momentum building up within the team and we need to keep that going, so if I had a message to our fans it would be to sing their hearts out even more when we play at home
“Be more vocal from the beginning of the game until the end because they can be our twelfth man. I remember how the crowd used to be at Maine Road and the noise they used to make which was incredible and I want us to try and create a similar atmosphere at the City of Manchester Stadium.
“The fans want us to win every game and see us score a lot of goals and I’ve been in football a long time, so I understand the way they feel in games like the 0-0 draw with Birmingham because I’ve experienced it as a supporter and a player. That’s why if we win a game, I’m happy for them and for my players – not for me.
“Our fans are fantastic and I want to thank them for all their fantastic support since I arrived and I want to give them something to celebrate this season because they deserve it after so many years.
“I’ve had a very enjoyable first year in Manchester and would like to wish them all a very happy New Year and I think 2011 will be a very good year for all of us.”