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Roberto Mancini: Manchester City have not scored enough goals

21 Apr 2013 17:01:37

Roberto Mancini: Manchester City have not scored enough goals

Roberto Mancini: Manchester City have not scored enough goals Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says the manner of his team's 3-1 defeat at Tottenham sums up their Premier League season. Defending champions City led 1-0 before conceding three quickfire second-half goals having missed several chances. Now Manchester United can regain the top-flight title by beating Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Monday. "We had chances to score and not scoring cost us the game. Today is the mirror of our season," said Mancini. Commanding City Manchester City lost for the first time this season after taking the lead in the Premier League. They had won 20 of the previous 22. Mancini guided City to their first domestic title in 42 years last season as they overturned an eight-point deficit on United with six matches remaining. But they faced an even bigger task to retain their crown as they trailed United by 13 points, with six games left to play, before the match at White Hart Lane. The Blues looked set to record a comfortable win after Samir Nasri's early strike put them in command, but a second-half collapse allowed Spurs to snatch a dramatic win. Clint Dempsey tapped in Gareth Bale's cross at the far post and Jermain Defoe fired in a second before Bale added the third. Despite conceding three goals at White Hart Lane, City still have the best defensive record in the Premier League and Mancini admits their lack of goals has cost them the title. City have netted 59 goals in their 33 games, with Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool all outscoring Mancini's team. "I can't believe we lost because we had the game under control after playing very well for 80 minutes," added the Italian. "Instead we didn't score and then we made two big mistakes which for us was strange. "Tottenham's first and second goals were simple. You can't concede two goals like that."


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