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Mancini: Despite uneven start, Manchester City will win the Premier League title

The Italian insists his side must remain composed throughout the campaign and has pointed to Sergio Aguero's injury as to why City has not replicated last season's fine start.

Roberto Mancini believes Manchester City will retain its Premier League title when all is said and done this season.

City currently sits seventh in the Premier League, four points behind first-place Chelsea, after winning two and drawing three of its opening five fixtures this term. Mancini admits it is tougher to follow a title-winning campaign with a second league crown and the Italian insists his side must remain composed.

"We need to stay calm and work hard. We will win the title, [but] I agree it is more difficult the second year," Mancini said.

At the same stage of the season last year, City had scored 17 goals inside the same number of games, but Mancini has pointed to Sergio Aguero's knee injury as the reason why his side has struggled to replicate its barnstorming start of last term.

"It's difficult because we didn't have 14 players in preseason and had new players on the last day of the transfer market and they need time," Mancini said. "Another reason we didn't work well in preseason is because we didn't have all the defenders, but we have all these problems and have conceded only two goals more than last year.

"We had the best defensive record for the last two seasons, but football is like this - sometimes you don't concede a goal for 10 games and then concede two or three goals. We need to work hard and have more concentration. Maybe we score less than last year after five games, but we have had [injury] problems with Sergio [Aguero]."

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