Pressure? What pressure! Mancini comes out fighting
Published 11:40 03/02/12 By David Anderson
Roberto Mancini has laughed off talk that he is cracking up at Manchester City, saying: Try managing Inter Milan.
Mancini claims the pressure of battling Manchester United in the title race is nothing compared to the stress he endured during his four years at the San Siro.
The Italian says his every decision was scrutinised, even though he led Inter to three successive scudettos.
Looking visibly more relaxed than he had on Tuesday, when he admitted he had underestimated Everton, he dismissed the critics who cited his mea culpa as proof that he is feeling the strain.
“Yeah, for this reason I haven’t slept for the last three or four weeks,” he smiled. “There is no pressure when you are top of the league. I think this is impossible.
“There doesn’t exist a place like Inter Milan, where you can be really under pressure.
“After managing Inter, you can manage any team because Inter have a big history, like Manchester United. And when you are a manager there you have pressure every day, every minute. After Inter, you can’t have pressure.
“It was really important experience for me because Inter is a top team and you need to do everything well every minute of every day and of every game.
“At Inter, every game is scrutinised in detail and all the journalists, all the newspapers, say the manager made this mistake and that mistake in every game.
“For this reason, after that, you can’t have pressure.”
City have the chance to get their title bid back on track against Fulham this evening, who were the last side 12 months ago to stop the Blues winning at home in the league.
Even though United are breathing drown their necks, Mancini has told his players to ignore their rivals because they still control the destiny of the title.
Despite losing at Everton, City have still taken nine points from their last four league games and Mancini is relaxed about their supposed crisis in January.
"We don't have any reason to feel pressure because we never thought we could win the title in January or February," said the City boss. "The Premier League will be won at the end of April after the derby, not now.
"If you are top from August until now, you can have problems in these months. It's impossible to stay top of the league for five months and not have any problems.
"We have scored 60 goals. We have the best defence in the Barclays Premier League and we are top.
“I think that up until now we have had a fantastic season. But we know that you don’t win the title now, you have to fight to the end, or at least the last two or three games because United have big experience.”
Mancini has also left the door open for Carlos Tevez to return by keeping him in his 25-man league squad for the rest of the season.
"If Carlos comes back and is fit, then it is possible," he said.
City new boy David PIzarro has backed Mancini to end City’s 42-year title wait and he was part of his first scudetto-winning side at Inter in 2006.
Chile midfielder Pizarro, who has joined on loan from Roma, said: “I remember when I arrived at Inter Milan, they hadn’t won the scudetto for many years. Roberto changed things and they went on to win a lot of titles.
"He’s trying to win the league here and I like that a lot.”