Manchester City take on AS Roma tomorrow evening at the Etihad Stadium but their former manager Roberto Mancini has issue a five-point plan that the visitors can use in order to ensure they return to Italy with a positive result.
In the first matches of Group E in the Champions League, City dropped a 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich while Roma thrashed CSKA Moscow 5-1.
The Serie A club are currently hampered by a number of injuries to key personnel including Daniel de Rossi, Leandro Castan and Davide Astori, but if manager Rudi Garcia takes advantage of the Citizens's weaknesses then Roma "can beat City", asserts Mancini.
The former City manager's five point plan for how Roma can slay City is as follows…
- Play with the ball
- Start fast
- Take advantage of any opportunity City grant them
- Be careful in defence
- Be clinical in attack
Mancini added: "City are not the Manchester United of a few years ago, all running and competitiveness. And this could be an advantage for Roma."
Commenting on his own time spent in the North-West of England, Mancini told Gazetto dello Sport: "I feel this City is still mine. The strength points are the players with whom I won three trophies in Manchester: Yaya Touré, Pablo Zabaleta, Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and David Silva.
"I have good feelings for almost all players I've coached at City. [The City board] asked me to do this in three years and I did it in a season and a half - we changed the football history in Manchester.
"I'm proud of my [accomplishments there]," he concluded.