Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini hailed his troops as comeback kings after they came from behind once again to score a late winner at home to Tottenham.
“It was a huge win because it was a difficult moment. We had a lot of important players injured. Here I saw the same spirit that I saw last year”, the City boss said.
Had the reigning champions lost yesterday it would have been their first home defeat in the Premier League since December 2010. They are now unbeaten in their last eleven games.
Once again it was substitute Edin Dzeko who proved to be City’s match winner, but City coach David Platt is anxious for Dzeko not to be exclusively labelled super-sub.
“We can only pick 11 players. We have a lot of guys who could play in almost any other Premier League team. Edin is one of those players”.
Dzeko’s late goals have now earned the champions nine points from coming off the bench with yesterday’s win being the fourth time this season that City have come from behind to win, while also moving them to within two points of United at the top. Mancini spoke of Dzeko’s contribution after the game.
“Edin is not happy. But a player who is happy on the bench does not exist. We had three important strikers today. Last year we won the championship with goals from our strikers.”
City’s embarrassment of riches is the envy of most clubs, and when you can afford to keep Balotelli and Dzeko on the bench, you know your squad is strong. Spurs boss Andres Villas Boas was quick to praise Dzeko as well, comparing the Bosnian to his United counterpart Hernandez.
“If there is a comparable situation to this one, it is Javier Hernandez. Today Dzeko made the difference with the ambition to show that he deserves to be in the final 11.”