Roberto Mancini angry with Manchester City players
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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini said his side have a "10% chance" of retaining the Premier League title and said their defeat to Southampton was their worst performance in three years.
City remain nine points behind leaders Manchester United, who can extend their lead against Everton on Sunday.
And Mancini believes a United win will all but end City's title challenge.
Asked if City could still win the title, he said: "We have a 10% chance: 12 points is too much at this moment."
Mancini's side fell behind to Jason Puncheon's early goal before Steven Davis made it 2-0 midway through the half.
And although Edin Dzeko pulled one back against the run of play, Saints restored their two-goal advantage shortly after the break with Gareth Barry turning the ball into his own net.
It was no more than Saints deserved against a desperately disappointing City side who Mancini admitted had performed badly.
"It was worse than poor," said the Italian. "We didn't play, it was 11 against two so it's difficult.
"I think this is the worst game in the last two or three years.
"The players played really bad - without strength, without personality. We conceded a goal that I have never seen in my life.
"I was really disappointed with my players today. When we perform like today I'm very angry. The players were away on international duty - that's not an excuse, but it is a reason.
"Some of our players came back on Friday and we played today. This made it difficult. In the end we played badly."
City were missing Carlos Tevez, who Mancini said was absent because of personal reasons but he expects to have him back for the FA Cup fifth-round tie with Leeds United next weekend.
Mancini was also critical of keeper Joe Hart, whose mistake allowed Steve Davis to put Southampton 2-0 up.
"It was a really bad mistake," admitted Mancini.
"But this is not strange. He has made two or three mistakes this year and this is not good for us."
He added: "We need to work more. Because we won last year, we think we are top players but to be top players you have to work.
"It'll be very difficult to win the league. I used to always be optimistic and want to be in this moment, but it's difficult."
Listen up bitter trolls, why did the oil men choose City and not YOUR club?
Thought it was common knowledge they couldn't afford Utd? The plan was always to plow £500m odd in initially, no point doing that if you're spending twice as much up front just to get the keys.
Just look @ Rodwell, Sinclair, Maicon. Just not good enough to challenge for a 1st team role so what's the point?
If I was a talented young and English footballer I know which Manchester club would help me develop.
The differences between United and City are these. United have a better manager. Better work ethic throughout the team. A winning, never say die mentality. And yes, RVP.
Spent £850m Sold £250m Net result = -£600m @£200m per title
Spent £700m Sold £200m Net result =-£500m @ £500m per title
Spent £500m Sold £300m Net result = -£200m @ £16m per title
Don't forget, City have had 8 seasons out of the EPL since 1993 which makes these figures all the more totes amazeballs
FFP - bring it on
Keep singing 6-1
Six games in Europe
And you did not win one!
You have been awarded an e-yellow card for your display of intellect and rational thinking!!
How dare you quote literature in this forum!!
Next time, you will be off!!