Trending now:   Arsenal  •  Manchester United  •  Liverpool  •  Chelsea  •  Barcelona  •  Real Madrid  •  Manchester City  •  Juventus  •  Italy  •  Tottenham Hotspur

Manchester City

Teams /  England  / Manchester City 
Manchester City have 3,179 fans
 
 
 
 
 
Roberto Mancini confident Manchester City will end home goal drought
Daniel Taylor - 5 years ago

Roberto Mancini is hoping Manchester City's supporters will demonstrate greater patience as the biggest spenders in English football prepare to play at Eastlands for the first time since their manager was subjected to mutinous chants in the scoreless draw at home to Birmingham City earlier this month.

Mancini has received voluble backing from his club's away supporters during their last few games on the road but the Birmingham game represented one of the lower points of his 11 months in Manchester, with supporters targeting him with hostile chants and booing the team off the pitch.

The Italian was as animated after that match as any point in his time in England but, two and a half weeks on, he has taken a more relaxed view. "Supporters are supporters. When you win, the supporters, they are happy. When you lose, they're not happy. We must always respect our supporters even when they are not happy."

Nonetheless, there was a clear message ahead of back-to-back home games against Red Bull Salzburg in the Europa League tomorrow night and Bolton Wanderers in a fourth-versus-sixth clash in the Premier League on Saturday. "Our job is to continue to work, to improve and try to win for them [the fans], and we always wants to do this. But the supporters must help the team too. This is normal."

The allegation directed at Mancini is that his tactics are too negative when City, without a goal at Eastlands in their last three matches, are playing on their own ground. Wigan Athletic, in 18th place, are the only club who have scored fewer home goals - City have seven in as many games - and the hostility manifested itself against Birmingham when Mancini replaced a striker, Carlos Tevez, with a largely defence-minded midfielder, Gareth Barry, for the final few minutes.

Mancini rejects the criticism of his tactics but he, too, is concerned about the over-reliance on Tevez in attack. "This problem is because all the teams that come to Eastlands come with all their players behind the ball. It's difficult sometimes, but I think we will reach a moment where we score a lot of goals."

His team can qualify for the next stage of the Europa League if they win tomorrow night and Juventus fail to do likewise at Lech Poznan. The alternative is a difficult trip to Turin for the final round of matches in Group A, so the incentives are clear for beating the side currently third in the Austrian Bundesliga.

City won the away fixture 2-0 in September and Mancini plans to keep to his policy of resting some of his key players at this stage of the competition. The game comes too early, however, for the fit-again Michael Johnson, who will be eased in with a couple of reserve matches before he is considered for first-team action after 13 months out with a knee injury. Wayne Bridge, whose habit of picking up injuries has become an increasing concern for Mancini, is also unavailable.

Share your thoughts

Latest News, Blogs & Podcasts

Newspapers
 
Blogs
 
Podcasts
 
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Ross Dyer assess the latest from the rumour mill. Nolito had a mixed Euro campaign for Spain, but that hasn't scared Manchester City off from the Celta Vig ...
Pablo Zabaleta, left, is reportedly set to leave Man City to move to Roma. Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta is close to completing a £2.5 million move to Roma, according to reports in  ...
MCFC News - 13 hours ago
Last December, for the first time, we put all of the remaining Premier League home fixtures on sale to ensure that our loyal supporters could plan ahead and watch their team in action.
MCFC News - 15 hours ago
Bromance (n): An exceptionally tight affectional, homosocial male bonding relationship that exceeds that of usual friendship, that is distinguished by a particularly high level of emotional intimacy.
ESPN FC's Roberto Martinez and Vincent Kompany reflect on England's shock loss to Iceland and discuss where they go from here. Within minutes of England's humiliating Euro 2016 exit to ...
MCFC News - 23 hours ago
It’s the morning after the night before, and understandably England’s exit from Euro 2016 is the hottest of hot topics in this morning’s media.
MCFC News - 1 day ago
England were dumped out of Euro 2016 by Iceland on a miserable night in Nice.
MCFC News - 1 day ago
Spain are out of Euro 2016 after being beaten 2-0 by Italy.
MCFC News - 1 day ago
We asked who was City's greatest penalty taker - here's what you came back with...
MCFC News - 1 day ago
Tessel Middag made an instant impact on her City debut.
MCFC News - 1 day ago
Argentina's wait for Copa America success goes on, after La Albiceleste fell to defeat to Chile in the final.
MCFC News - 2 days ago
Two City players, three assists and both go through...
Spanish striker Nolito has yet to speak to Manchester City or Barcelona over a possible transfer. Nolito is focused on Euro 2016 with Spain and has insisted that he has not spoken to Manchester City o ...
MCFC News - 2 days ago
Who's been the man to keep us out of harms way over the years..?
MCFC News - 2 days ago
Four goals for Belgium give them the path to the quarter final...
The highly rated Celta forward has been linked with both the Liga champions and Pep Guardiola's new side, but affirmed he was only focused on succeeding at Euro 2016
MCFC News - 2 days ago
Manchester City Women returned to action with a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Liverpool.
MCFC News - 2 days ago
France avoid shock scare...
ESPN FC's Paul Mariner believes France may be too much for England to handle if both reach the Euro 2016 quarterfinals. England captain Wayne Rooney is hoping his role in midfield is the ...
MCFC News - 2 days ago
If you're a fan of City, and transfer gossip, and City-related transfer gossip, you're in the right place.
   
Kick4Life - changing lives through football