Midweek Sport - - SPORTS - By GRA­HAM CHASE

point is noth­ing. We can’t think about this. We need to think pos­i­tive al­ways.

“Un­til now we did a fan­tas­tic Premier League and we need to con­tinue like this.

“I am con­fi­dent be­cause the play­ers know we have a big chance to win this ti­tle. I also think we de­serve this af­ter be­ing top for seven months.


“We were top of the league un­til one week ago, so we don’t want to lose this chance to win.

“Many play­ers here have never had a chance like this to win the ti­tle.

“If one player plays bad, he can leave the pitch af­ter 30 min­utes like Gareth Barry. Gareth played two bad games that month be­cause he had a prob­lem with his back.”

Mancini could be with­out first-choice cen­tre-back pair­ing Vin­cent Kom­pany and Joleon Lescott for tonight’s clash.

Skip­per Kom­pany is strug­gling with a calf prob­lem and Lescott is out with a groin prob­lem.

Mancini will de­cide this morn­ing whether to stick Car­los Tevez on the bench af­ter six months in the wilder­ness.

The Argie has not played since Septem­ber – af­ter re­fus­ing to warm up against Bay­ern Mu­nich – but Mancini claims the striker’s at­ti­tude is now bet­ter than it was when he was bang­ing in the goals.

He added: “For the last month he has been part of our plans and for the next two months he will be a City player.

“I can say that in train­ing, he has been per­fect and bet­ter than last year. He wants to play and help the team and his at­ti­tude is bet­ter.”

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