Coach tells Man City to finish the job
By Rob Woollard ,AFP
May 2, 2012, 12:32 am TWN
MANCHESTER, United Kingdom -- Roberto Mancini challenged Manchester City to finish the job after a win over Manchester United that left his side just two wins away from the Premier League crown.
A 1-0 win over United saw City return to the top of the table on goal difference, and maximum points from their remaining games at Newcastle and at home to QPR will almost certainly seal the club's first title since 1968.
However as Manchester City's fans and players celebrated after a raucous title decider at Eastlands hyped as the biggest match in Premier League history, Mancini's eyes remained firmly on the prize.
"It is not finished," Mancini warned his players after Vincent Kompany's header clinched a famous win. "If we think it is finished, we will be making a big mistake."
"It is important that we are on the top now but it is more important to be there after May 13."
If City win their final two games, Manchester United would only be able to overhaul their bitter rivals by racking up big victories over Swansea and Sunderland. City's goal difference now stands at plus eight.
Monday's triumph capped a remarkable turnaround in the championship race, which appeared to be done and dusted as recently on April 8 when United went eight points clear after City's defeat at Arsenal.
But a disastrous run of results from United which has seen them take only four points from a possible 12 following one win, two defeats and a draw means the destiny of the title is now back in City's hands.
Mancini warned his players that United's stumble illustrated how quickly fortunes can change as they steeled themselves for their final two tests.
"Football is crazy," Mancini said. "It is important to always believe in yourself when you have a bad moment.
"We were on the top for 28 games and I think we deserve another chance.