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Italian thinks City drop too many points at Eastlands

Manchester City currently lie second in the Premier League after a 3-1 win against Newcastle United at St. James’ Park, but Roberto Mancini believes the key to winning the Premier League will be dropping fewer points at home.

“I’m happy but I think we must improve at home because we’ve lost a lot of points this season. Today we played well,” Mancini said in his post match press conference.

“I like Boxing Day, we won this year, we won last year. It was very important after Everton [a game they lost, 2-1, at Eastlands on Monday] to start again.”

Mancini then praised his defenders for standing up to the challenge posed by Newcastle forward Andy Carroll.

“It was a difficult game, Newcastle played very well,” he continued.

“It was difficult, they defended very well and they kick the long ball to [Andy] Carroll and it was difficult because he is a good player. I’m happy for all the players because they’re defending well.”

Mancini was asked about how Carlos Tevez was doing mentally after submitting a transfer request, and the Manchester City boss gave a simple response: “Mentality Carlos [Tevez] is OK. He scored two goals.”

Manchester City have been linked with Carroll in the January transfer market and Mancini admitted he admires the Englishman.

“He is a young player, he is a strong player,” surmised Mancini. “He played very well.”

The Manchester City boss has been in charge at the club since last December and professed to have enjoyed every minute.

“Fantastic. Fantastic because I think the Premier League is the best league, at this moment, in Europe,” he added.

“It’s been a wonderful experience.”

Pressed on whether he felt his team could go on to win the Premier League, Mancini said he preferred to focus on each game as it comes.

“Every game is difficult for each team. We must continue to improve,” he noted.

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