Date: Sunday, 06th May, 2012
Competition: English Premier League
The match between Man City and Man United at the Ethihad on last Monday was really a heart throb match for both teams. City wan the winner of the derby 1-0 defeating their city rival and reaches to the top in the premier league for the goal difference advantage.
City have a tougher competitor this afternoon at the Sports Direct Arena against in-form Newcastle when City must have to win the remaining two games to be sure about the title Champion. City boss Mancini thinks that Newcastle would be stronger opponent then Man United.
“Against Manchester United we played here at home and we played very, very well, but at Newcastle it will be harder â€“ Mancini said.
On the other hand Man United will play today against Swansea a less stronger team whether City facing Newcastle who is fighting to regain their 4th place in the table.
Mancini thinks that Newcastle is the toughest team to face in their way of League title win. Alan Pardewâ€™s team beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last week what makes him really afraid. Mancini warned his player to be aware of the goal scorer Papiss Cisse, who scored two more stunning goals against Chelsea in misweek.
“Papiss Cisse is incredible, he scored two fantastic goals against Chelsea,” said Mancini. “But he’s also scored 13 goals in 12 games, so he’s obviously a very good player.
“It would be very good to win against a top team in a top stadium like Newcastle, of course. When you play against a top squad like Newcastle’s in a stadium like that… the stadium is fantastic and the supporters are incredible.â€
“I don’t think it was harder beating Manchester United, no – I think it will be harder beating Newcastle on Sunday,”- he added.
“Newcastle played a fantastic game against Chelsea on Wednesday and they are fighting for a place in the Champions League, so I think it will be more difficult.
From being eight points behind United in the English Premier League, City is now in the top of the point table they must be really happy for that.