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Football: Mancini admits late signing is 'handicap'

New Galatasaray coach Roberto Mancini admitted signing for the Turks only two days before their Champions League clash with Group B opponents Juventus could be a baptism of fire. Juventus host the Turkish champions on Wednesday when both sides will both be looking to overcome opening day setbacks: Juve drew 1-1 away with FC Copenhagen while Real Madrid trounced Galatasaray 6-1 in Istanbul. The latter result contributed to Fatih Terim's recent sacking and by a strange twist of fate the Turks turned to Mancini, who also replaced Terim at Fiorentina in 2001.

Football: Job speculation is 'rubbish', says Mancini

Manager Roberto Mancini said speculation about his Manchester City future was "rubbish" and vowed to still be at the club next season after his side were stunned 1-0 by Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup final on Saturday. Spanish media reports claim Mancini could be replaced by Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini in the close season and City's defeat at Wembley Stadium left them without a major trophy for the first time in three years. However, Mancini struck a bullish tone after the game and flatly dismissed the rumours about his future at the Etihad Stadium.

Football: An honour to compete with Fergie - Mancini

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini says it has been a great honour to battle with rival manager Alex Ferguson over the last three years as the Italian paid tribute to the United chief on Friday. Ferguson announced on Wednesday that he will walk away from Old Trafford at the end of this season after almost 27 years in charge, and Mancini praised his foe after three years of the pair battling it out for the Premier League and other major honours in England. "It is his decision," Mancini, who also revealed he sent Ferguson a message following the news, said.

Man City need to shop faster this time, says Mancini

(Reuters) - Manchester City need to act faster in the transfer market than they did last year if they are to win back the Premier League crown they have just handed over to Manchester United, manager Roberto Mancini said on Friday. The Italian has made no secret of his disappointment at losing out on the signature of striker Robin van Persie, whose goals drove behind United's charge to a 20th title which they sealed on Monday with a hat-trick from the Dutchman against Aston Villa.

Title gone but Man Utd not better than City, says Mancini

By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says his side are not inferior to Manchester United despite a 3-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday giving their rivals the chance to clinch their 20th league title with four games to spare. Victory for United at home to Aston Villa on Monday would put Alex Ferguson's side 16 points clear of City - a huge margin compared to last season's title race that went down to the last kick of the season.

Football: Nasri packs a punch for Mancini

Roberto Mancini may have been joking when he said he would like to punch Samir Nasri, but the Manchester City manager could have no complaints about the France midfielder's impact on Sunday's FA Cup semi-final over Chelsea. Nasri has infuriated Mancini on numerous occasions with his lax attitude since joining City from Arsenal last season and the Italian's response has grown increasingly tetchy.

Football: United get an easy ride - Mancini

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has claimed Manchester United's dominant position in the Premier League is due to weak performances from their opponents. Mancini's side face United at Old Trafford on Monday knowing the title race is already over whatever the result of the Manchester derby. Second-placed City are 15 points behind United and Mancini has conceded his team will not retain the title they won so dramatically on the final day of last season.

Football: City still United's equals says Mancini

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini insists his team will use Monday's derby to show they are still Manchester United's equals even though the Premier League title is destined for Old Trafford. With United 15 points clear of second placed City, Mancini has been forced to concede his side's reign as champions is all but over. Yet there is still plenty to play for at Old Trafford, with United looking to move closer to confirming their title triumph and City desperate to inflict a bloody nose on their bitter rivals.

Football: Tevez problems won't damage City - Mancini

Roberto Mancini insists Carlos Tevez's legal problems will not have any impact on his Manchester City career. Argentina forward Tevez was fined and sentenced to 250 hours of community service in a Macclesfield magistrates' court this week for driving while disqualified and driving without insurance. The length of time Tevez will be required to spend performing community service could, potentially, represent a problem to the Premier League champions. But City manager Mancini was adamant that it will not affect his status at the Etihad Stadium.

Football: Tevez problems won't damage City - Mancini

Roberto Mancini insists Carlos Tevez's legal problems will not have any impact on his Manchester City career. Argentina forward Tevez was fined and sentenced to 250 hours of community service in a Macclesfield magistrates' court this week for driving while disqualified and driving without insurance. The length of time Tevez will be required to spend performing community service could, potentially, represent a problem to the Premier League champions. But City manager Mancini was adamant that it will not affect his status at the Etihad Stadium.
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