Manchester City down to 10 percent after loss

MARK MEADOWS
Last updated 09:39 10/02/2013

Relevant offers

Football

All Whites matches at Oceania Nations Cup to be shown live in New Zealand England's Jamie Vardy finally getting married - at fourth attempt Louis van Gaal's highs and lows at Manchester United Manchester United sack manager Louis van Gaal French officials fret over stadium security ahead of Euro 2016 Canterbury United hopeful they can find adequate replacement for Coey Turipa All Whites coach calls in striker Jeremy Brockie for Oceania Nations Cup Goalkeeper Coey Turipa revealed as Tasman United's first signing 'Proven winner' Mourinho is the right man for Manchester United - Phil Neville Wellington Phoenix beat Leicester City but lose in semifinals at Hong Kong Soccer Sevens

 

Manchester City's lethargic 3-1 defeat at Southampton, where Gareth Barry scored an inexplicable own goal, means the champions have only a 10 percent chance of retaining their title, manager Roberto Mancini said today.

Premier League leaders Manchester United can extend their advantage over second-placed City to 12 points with 12 games left if they win at home to Everton on Sunday.

City made up eight points with six matches left last term to beat United to the title on goal difference.

"Now we have 10 percent (chance) maybe. I don't think United believe that we can recover 12 points," the Italian told ESPN.

"They (Southampton) deserved to win. We didn't play well, we conceded a goal that I have never seen in my life."

Barry's own goal, which made it 3-1 and gave Mauricio Pochettino his first win for 15th-placed Southampton, was as strange as they come, with the midfielder passing an innocuous ball across the box into the net with Joe Hart beaten.

Goalkeeper Hart had dropped his own clanger for the second goal when Rickie Lambert's shot somehow went through his defences for Steven Davis to prod in.

Southampton, who upset fans by sacking popular coach Nigel Adkins last month, had gone ahead through Jason Puncheon after City's midfield and makeshift defence again looked lax.

Usual centre backs Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic were out injured while striker Carlos Tevez was missing due to family reasons.

"I think they understand that they played really bad. Worst game in two or three years maybe," Mancini added.

"Clearly we are missing Vinny, Nastasic and we have some players that are not in good form, play really bad without strength and personality."

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Burnley retain their EPL status?

Yes, they've found a winning formula

Maybe, but there’s a long way to go

No. They lack quality in certain areas

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content