Mancini refuses to say Premier League title race is over as Manchester City edge ever closer
Despite a 2-0 win over Newcastle at the Sports Direct Arena, Roberto Mancini refused to admit that the title was practically heading Manchester City’s way.
Two goals from Yaya Toure secured the victory for the Blues, as they remain top of the league with one game to go, level on points with rivals Manchester United, yet 8 goals better off.
Mancini, speaking to Sky Sports, said: “I hope, but I think it is not enough. We have another game, a difficult game like today.”
The game to which Mancini is referring is a final day encounter at home to Queens Park Rangers, headed by former manager Mark Hughes.
“The pressure is not important now. What is important now is that we have 86 points. We have another game. I will only be confident after QPR.”
Victory this weekend was no easy feat, with Newcastle chasing a top three place after a stunning season under Alan Pardew.
Mancini continued: “it was difficult because Newcastle are a good team. I think we deserved to win because we had a lot of chances.
“In the first half we deserved to score, but they defended very well. In the second half it was the same, but after Yaya’s goal we had three or four incredible chances.
“It is sometimes better to score very quickly, but today was difficult. Newcastle are a good team, they played well, but it was important that we finished very well.”
With both Manchester teams on 86 points, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that his side travel to Sunderland’s Stadium of Light next weekend with hope of a shock at the Etihad rather than expectation.
Ferguson said “We have to go there with the right spirit to win the match. You never know.
“Our responsibility is to win the game”, as Fergie joked “QPR need a point, so you never know. I just wish Sparky (QPR manager Mark Hughes) was playing.”
Despite the writing being on the wall, Ferguson remained upbeat, closing with the comment “hopefully next week we will have the biggest celebration of our lives.”
Either way, one half of Manchester will be celebrating the title next Sunday. Is it a foregone conclusion that it will be the blue half, or will the red half once more knick it at the end?