Mancini bemoans lack of luck

Published Add your comment

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini left the Stadion Miejski on Thursday night with a third successive defeat on his record, but dismissed the result as simply bad luck.

There was an element of fortune in the second of Lech Poznan's goals in their 3-1 Europa League win, with City defender Dedryck Boyata heading the ball against the unwitting Manuel Arboleda before the ball nestled in the bottom corner. But Dimitrije Injac and Mateusz Mozdzen each scored with fine long-range efforts that were just reward for a bold performance from the new Group A leaders, who had been pegged back by Emmanuel Adebayor's equaliser.

"At the moment everything is against us, we are very unlucky," Mancini said. "I'm disappointed because we didn't deserve to lose this game. We played a good game and we had a lot of chances to win but we must continue to work. We lost the last three games but that is football, sometimes you play well, you deserve to score but you don't."

The likes of Shaun Wright-Phillips, Wayne Bridge and Joleon Lescott were recalled for the match but failed to impress against a team who have struggled in the lower reaches of the Polish league this season.

Mancini had several key players missing - including captain Carlos Tevez, who returned to Manchester from his sabbatical in Argentina on Thursday - but declared himself content with his chosen replacements.

"I'm disappointed to lose the game but I'm happy because they played a good game. It is important that we keep going," he said.

"We were missing 10 players that were at home. We have 20 good players but sometimes you can lose a game you do not deserve to lose."

Both sides now have seven points from their four matches, and are expected to qualify for the next stage following Juventus' draw with Red Bull Salzburg.

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Europa League
Emmanuel Adebayor
Manchester City
Wayne Bridge
Carlos Tevez
Premier League
Joleon Lescott
Shaun Wright-Phillips

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again