ROB SAYS NOW’S
MANCHESTER CITY boss Roberto Mancini has urged his players to “stay strong” following their first league defeat of the season.
After enjoying such a good start, City are finally having a wobble. The Blues were dumped out of the Champions League by Napoli, and were on the wrong end of a comeback win by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, despite getting off to the perfect start thanks to a goal from Mario Balotelli.
Strange as it may have seemed a couple of weeks ago, City might have been knocked off top spot by Manchester United when they walk out to face in-form Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
That would bring added pressure for Mancini and his men, who remain odds-on favourites to clinch their first championship since 1968.
Butthe Italian is not giving off any sense of self-doubt, and expects his players to adopt the same attitude.
He said: “It is at these moments you become stronger, as players and a team. For this reason, the result is a lesson for us.”
Given their previous performances last term, and how they played for 25 minutes on Monday when they could easily