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Mancini targets better defending

Mancini with scarf

Mancini with scarf

Style and substance those are the twin aims of new City boss Roberto Mancini.

The Italian legend visited the Carrington headquarters for the first time on Sunday afternoon and met the players there this morning.

And his first vow is to sort out a leaky defence that let in nine goals in three outings last week but without weakening the Blues attacking threat.

“You cannot win games without scoring goals and my teams in Italy never played for 0-0 draws but it is important to defend well too,” he declared exclusively to mcfc.co.uk in his first interview as manager.

“The games come thick and fast over Christmas and New Year but we have five days to work with the back line. For me it is important that the team has a balance.

 

To win games you have to defend well. It is most important that the squad stop conceding goals. The players can look forward to plenty of hard work and to improving their concentration levels. We have the players to be successful

...Roberto Mancini

 

“The top four is the aim and I want a good run in the FA Cup too. Hopefully we can get to two finals.

“Sixth place in the league is not good for me and hopefully in a month’s time that will have improved and we will have made progress in the cups too.

“I know how important the cups are in England, in Italy they only become so at the semi final stage.”

Mancini also showed some sympathy for the man he replaced at the weekend Mark Hughes.

“The job of being a manager is not easy we know that. That's the game and I am sorry for Mark but when we take these jobs we know the situation,” he stressed.

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