Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has defended his position at the club, and hit back at those you believe that is job is under threat.
City are currently twelve points behind Manchester United in the Premier League, and made an early departure from the Champions League at the group stage. The FA Cup looks their best hope of silverware this season and a defeat against Leeds this weekend could add to the pressure on Mancini.
However, the Italian has come out on the offensive saying that his critcis “understand football”.
“We started our project three years ago,” Mancini told reporters on Friday.
“In three years we are always on the top – we fight for the title, we have won three trophies, we have the chance to win more this year. All the people who talk about this don’t understand football.
“Because if Manchester City should sack me, the other 20 teams in the Premier League should be without a manager.”
City overturned an eight point deficit with six games to go last season and with 12 games remaining Mancini is refusing to concede defeat in the title race.
“I don’t think like this, never. I have another mentality, always think we can win everything. We have 12 games. We need to do our best, not look at the table because it is not important now. We are a good team. We did some mistakes and lost some stupid points. We don’t deserve to stay 12 points behind but United deserve to stay on top at this moment but at the moment we will see what happens.
“I think that is a difficult moment because we lost seven points in three games but in football sometimes it is strange. When you think it is finished, three or four games can change everything. While we have the points available to win, we should believe in ourselves.”