Sixy City can’t make Mancini a believer
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini still claims the Premier League title race is "finished" despite his side closing the gap at the top to two points.
NORWICH CITY - 1 (Surman)
MANCHESTER CITY - 6 (Tevez 3, Aguero 2, Johnson)
The Abu Dhabi-owned outfit thrashed Norwich at Carrow Road to keep the pressure on leaders Manchester United, who host Aston Villa tonight.
The two clubs are set to meet at the Etihad Stadium on April 30 in what is being billed as a title decider, although Mancini reckons United have already been crowned champions.
“No, it’s finished. It’s not two [points], it’s five,” Mancini declared.
“When you fight against a fantastic team like United, it’s impossible.
“We made a fantastic performance because it was not easy to win here because Norwich are in a good moment.
“This [win] says a lot about how we want to finish this season and about how we want to start next season.”
Carlos Tevez stole the show as he followed up his first goal of the season against West Brom on Wednesday with a well-taken hat-trick.
The controversial hitman once again linked up well with compatriot Sergio Aguero, who chipped in with two goals, with winger Adam Johnson rounding off the scoring in injury time.
And Mancini was overjoyed by Tevez’s contribution, but rejected claims City’s title challenge has been hampered by his five-month exile following a dispute with the club.
“He’s improved a lot over the last two weeks,” the Italian said. “He played 60 minutes against West Brom and he played 80 minutes today - now he is better.
“But we did well without Carlos for four or five months and with Aguero, Mario [Balotelli] and [Edin] Dzeko we probably scored more goals.”
Elsewhere, Blackburn and QPR edged closer to relegation with losses to Swansea and West Brom. Rovers went down 3-0 at Liberty Stadium as Gylfi Sigurdsson, Nathan Dyer and a Scott Dann own goal sealed the points to leave Steve Kean’s side in 19th.
And QPR, 16th, are only three points better off following their 1-0 defeat at the Hawthorns, midfielder Graham Dorrans’ first-half screamer settling the match.