Galatasaray manager Roberto Mancini believes his former club Manchester City will win the Premier League ‘easy’ ahead of his last sixteen clash with title rivals Chelsea in the Champions League on Wednesday evening.
The 49-year-old former Citizens’ boss spent three-and-a-half years at the Etihad, taking City to the heights of the Premier League title in 2011/12 and the FA Cup in 2010/11, making him the Citizens most successful manager in nearly half a century since City won the First Division title in 1967/68 and the FA Cup in ’69 under Joe Mercer.
Now, the Italian who won the Serie A title twice in his homeland as a player and three times as manager of Inter Milan prior to his arrival at the Etihad in 2009 to replace Mark Hughes, believes his former club now under the leadership of Manuel Pellegrini will not only reclaim the Premier League title this term but with ease, no less.
"It's part of the past. I worked really well in Manchester and I am proud of what we did, we changed the history of Manchester," he told Sky Sports.
"Now it's easy to win with Manchester City because they changed the mentality three years ago and they have good players - it's not difficult to win.”
"Man City will fight with Chelsea, I think. Chelsea have improved a lot in the last two months, but I think in the end City will win the title," he added.
City currently sit in 3rd place in the Premier League, three points behind leaders Chelsea with a game in hand still to play. City have scored more goals (69 so far) to this point than any other team has in the history of the Premier League and look set to break records for goals scored come May.
Meanwhile, Mancini’s current employers Turkish giants Galatasaray take on Joe Mourinho’s Blues in this evening’s first leg clash in the Champions League at the Turk Telecom Arena in Istanbul.
The Turkish champions’ striker Didier Drogba will line up against his former club and former manager as the Blues hope to kick-start their progression through to the quarterfinals.
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