Roberto Mancini Admits Manchester City Need Time To Gel, Refuses To Confirm Joe Hart As First Choice 'Keeper

Italian loses his voice after nervy first-half at White Hart Lane...
Roberto Mancini struggled to get his words out at full-time after Manchester City's goalless draw against Tottenham Hotspur, after admitting that the shouting had taken its toll on him.

Having seen his new-look team dominated in the opening 45 minutes at White Hart Lane, the Italian admitted that his players will need time to settle in order to gel as a team.

“In the first-half, I think Tottenham played well, but we defended very well," Mancini told Sky Sports.

“Against Tottenham, is a difficult game, a difficult first game.

“It was the second time that these players [Manchester City], and probably we were having some difficulty.”

Regarding the performance of Joe Hart, who got the nod ahead of Shay Given in goal, Mancini admitted that while his young 'keeper had had a great game, he cannot regard himself as the club’s number one stopper.

“The right decision is always after the game for the manager," he added.

“I’m happy because I have two big goalkeepers, but I must take a decision, and one strong goalkeeper must go on the bench."

Asked whether Hart would start the next match, against Liverpool at Eastlands, the Italian refused to name the England keeper as his first choice, saying only: “No, we must recover after this game.”

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