Italian furious after late loss at the Lane on Sunday.
Manchester City head coach Roberto Mancini has laid the blame for his side’s failed Premier League title defence this season squarely at the feet of his under-performing players, reports the Guardian.
The top-flight champions lost 3-1 at high-flying Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday, a defeat that means that city-rivals Manchester United can regain the title if they beat relegation-threatened Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Monday night.
However, the Italian has claimed that it is the poor attitude and lack of hunger of some of his players that have resulted in the current mammoth 13-point gap between the two sides at the top of the table.
“The reason there is a gap like today [in the league]… probably there is more attitude, they wanted,” said Mancini.
“They started the season and they wanted to win after last year.”
And while City have only lost one more Premier League match and conceded five fewer goals than the Red Devils have all season, Sir Alex Ferguson’s men have still won six more contests, while they also have a far superior goal difference than their arch rivals.
It is the fact that Manchester United have been able to convert the draws into wins and City have not that will likely win the Red Devils the title this evening.