Mancini forecasts tight title race
- Sat 02 Feb 2013, 9:30AM
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Roberto Mancini refuses to give up on the league title, despite the fact that City could go 10 points behind this evening.
Manchester United take on Fulham at Craven Cottage at 5.30pm knowing that they can heap the pressure on the Premier League champions with a win.
"This doesn't change [anything]. I think when we arrive at the end of February, the gap will be very, very small," he said.
"In every championship, never one team won a title in January. We should fight until April.
"If they have seven, eight, nine points [lead] in April, it could be difficult, maybe. But in this moment we have a big chance."
Elsewhere, Mario Balotelli hit out at life in England at his unveiling as an AC Milan player, criticizing the food, the weather and the press, but he did reserve special praise for the Premier League.
“I have to be honest, English football is beautiful.
“And, if I can say, it is ahead of the Italian League.
“But in England I wasn’t playing so I had this dream to play for Milan and to be close to my family and to my friends.
“To be honest the Premier League is an amazing League. I think it’s the best."
“The crowd, the pitches are really amazing. I don’t know for the future if I could go back or not. For the moment I want to be here.”
Finally, a few papers report that City could be in for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.
The Sun’s Neil Custis is convinced that the Blues are lining up a £40m summer bid for the Uruguayan who will come to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
“The striker tops Manchester City manager Mancini’s wanted list after Mario Balotelli’s move to AC Milan,” writes Custis.
“He said: ‘For me, Suarez is a top player. I like him as he is strong, he works. He’s one of the best in England.’
“And asked if he was a player he would like at City, Mancini said: ‘Suarez plays for Liverpool. He has quality and is strong.’”
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