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have swept Chelsea away, it is hard to be too critical of City.
However, there were echoes of the European defeat to Bayern Munich in September, when City were also the better side, only to crumble when the going got tough.
On this occasion, the Blues can justifiably point to the failure of ref Mark Clattenburg to spot a clear trip on David Silva when they were ahead and on top, plus the dismissal of Gael Clichy, as the major turning points.
“If the Silva penalty had been awarded, the game was finished,” said Mancini.
“After the sending off it was a different match.” Clichy’s red end means the full-back will miss the chance to play against his former club at the weekend.
If Arsenal can pull off victory at the Etihad they will only be six points behind City.
Gunners goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny said: “It is very important that we keep going now. We believe that we can win every game. City