Mancini: Man City are not like the Man United of old

first_img1 Roberto Mancini Roberto Mancini claims Manchester City are not like the Manchester United of old – and believes Roma can beat his former club in the Champions League.Mancini knows more than most the strengths and weaknesses of his former players and feels City can be exposed in certain areas.Despite their strong start to the season, the Italian coach expects Roma to cause a lot of problems for Manuel Pellegrini’s side and has advised the Serie A club on how to come away with a victory in Manchester on Tuesday night.Mancini, speaking in Italian newspaper Gazzetta della Sport, said: “A complete Roma can beat City, but the absences of De Rossi, Castán and Astori make them more vulnerable.“Roma play with the ball. City are not the Manchester United of a few years ago, all running and competitiveness, and this could be an advantage for Roma. I have seen that Iturbe has been called up – he can create problems for City. In the counterattack he can be devastating.“The key is a fast start and to take advantage of the opportunities that City will grant them.“They have to be careful in defence, concentrate for the entire 90 minutes, and be clinical in attack.“City practice a different style of football with respect to the others in England – infinite passes, the ball on the ground, the ability to switch between the patterns of attack in the middle or on the wings.”last_img

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