Roberto Mancini has denied that he is under pressure after City failed to score for a third successive home game after Saturday’s 0-0 stalemate with Birmingham City.
The home supporters have grown increasingly frustrated and let Mancini know this by booing the team off the pitch at the end of each half, particularly when they saw star striker Carlos Tevez replaced by Gareth Barry.
But Mancini defended his decision, saying Tevez has been carrying an injury which justified the substitution. “Carlos has had a little injury for two or three weeks and I felt if we took off that player we might have more chances to score.
The supporters think ‘okay, let’s play two, three, four or five strikers’ but if it was like that I’d play with ten strikers on the pitch, but that is not football.”
But Mancini did sympathise with the supporter’s dissatisfaction, after they watched the blues recent poor run extend to just one win in five Premier League games. “I am also frustrated because I wanted to win this game.” However, Mancini’s claims that he doesn’t possess a striker capable of scoring a goal without Tevez will earn him little sympathy in return.
“We have had this problem all season. If Carlos doesn’t score a goal we don’t have another player who can score because Balotelli has been injured and is now suspended and is now injured.”
Mancini also denied the claims that he is under pressure at the club following the run of results. “Pressure? For what?” asked Mancini. “You continue to say I am under pressure. Which pressure? Because some supporters say I did not put two strikers on, or journalists say I am too defensive? I am not under pressure. We are in fourth position.”
City’s next game is at Fulham, who are now managed by Mark Hughes and defeat to Hughes’ men will further intensify the rumours surrounding Mancini’s future.
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