'This championship is not finished,' insists defiant Mancini
Published 11:27 05/04/12 By David McDonnell
Roberto Mancini is refusing to give up on the title and believes leaders Manchester United will drop points in the run-in.
United can extend to eight points their lead over Manchester City with victory at home to QPR in Sunday's lunchtime kick-off.
City do not take on Arsenal until later on Sunday afternoon, but Mancini predicted more twists and turns in the title race before the end of the season.
"It will be more difficult [if the gap is eight points], but it's my opinion that this championship is not finished," said Mancini.
Asked if United could drop enough points to let City back in, Mancini said: "Why not?
"It's possible. If they win all their games then congratulations, they deserve it.
"But with seven games to the end, anything can happen. Like we drop four points in two games, this is also possible for them."
Mancini said he was not concerned about the row between Mario Balotelli and Aleksander Kolarov over a free-kick in the 3-3 draw with Sunderland.
"What happened with Kolarov is a situation that can happen in difficult moments. It happened here, it happened in a game at West Brom, so it's possible. It's not a good thing, but it can happen. But after the game, everything was finished.
"I don't like these situations. But I don't worry. It's important that everything is okay after the game and that there were no problems with Mario and Kolarov."
Mancini said top scorer Sergio Aguero, who has missed City's last two games, should return against Arsenal on Sunday, along with defender Joleon Lescott.