Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has blamed his side’s inability to score more goals to their failure to mount a title challenge this season.
The Italian tactician feels his team have been as resolute in the defence as in the previous term, and insisted that injuries to key players also made matters worse for them.
The Eastlands outfit currently trail Manchester United by 15 points at the top of the table, meaning that the result of the Manchester derby to be played at Old Trafford on Monday is likely to have little bearing in the title race.
And with United having seemingly secured an unprecedented 20th league crown, Mancini has claimed that their inability to challenge United for the title was down to their lack of potency in the final third.
The 48-year-old highlighted that City had scored almost 20 more goals at the same juncture in the previous campaign, but insisted that their defence remained as immaculate as ever.
He told reporters: “The difference is that we have scored 20 goals less than last year - only this difference.
"The goals we have conceded are the same - we have the best defence.
"We are missing only these goals but we have had a lot of injuries. We lost Sergio, we lost Mario.
"This is probably the difference, the goals we didn't score.”
City’s relatively ordinary showing in the offence can be owed to the poor form of the injury ravaged Sergio Aguero, who last term netted 30 goals for his team and to Mario Balotelli’s falling out with Mancini which eventually resulted in the striker’s exodus from the Etihad Stadium in January.
Mancini’s men have scored 55 goals in 30 league matches while United have 15 more league goals.
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