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Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini has ruled out his club as the top favorites to win the English Premier League, during a press conference ahead of the Community Shield’s trophy to be played on Sunday.
“I think United start as favorites this year… we are maybe second, third or fourth,” said the Italian manager. His remarks come as a clear message to Manchester City’s executives for the lack of signings this summer.
Although they have shown interest in several top players, the Citizens are the only team in the Premier League that have not signed a new player yet.
“I think you should buy players two months before the end (of the deadline), not 10 days before the end. The championship finished in May and you need to buy players before. Now it is difficult,” criticized Mancini.
However when asked to elaborate on the lack of signings issue, City’s boss refrained to keep commenting not before passing the ball to the club’s sporting director Brian Marwood who is in charge of new player’s signings. “Sorry, but I know that for you these questions are more important than the match but for this you should talk to Brian Marwood not with me,” said Mancini, creating a perception for a rift between him and Marwood.
Manchester City and Chelsea will play the Community Shield on Sunday which traditionally serves as the opener for the new soccer season in England and is played between the winner of the Premier League and the winner of the FA Cup.