Former Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini has revealed that Manchester City derby victory at the Etihad in 2012 changed the history of Football in Manchester.
Manchester City won the game by 1-0 thanks to Vincent Kompany’s first-half header. The win also propelled Manchester City to their Premier League title piping Rival Manchester United on the final day of the Premier League.
What did Roberto Mancini say?
As Manchester City celebrated the 10th Anniversary of its historic Premier League title season in 2012, the former Manchester City manager in an interview with CITY+ said: “We were on top after many weeks and at that moment, we had everything in our hands.
“After we beat them at the Etihad, we had a big chance to win the Premier League title.
“We celebrated after the United game as is normal, but we also knew that ‘OK guys we have other difficult games. We need to have important concentration as it’s very important.
“I have a lot of respect for Sir Alex and for what he did in football history in Manchester, and what he did with United.
“But you know when we played this game, we were both so nervous at that moment.
“I also think maybe at that moment something changed in Manchester after so many years.”
Roberto Mancini also stressed the importance of club Legend and former captain Vincent Kompany during that season.
The Italy head coach said: “When I arrived at City in 2009, Vincent played sometimes as a midfielder and sometimes on the bench.
“But I knew Vincent from many years before as I followed him when he was a young player.
“I always thought he was a fantastic defender and for us, he was a very important player and a very important man in the dressing room.
“And also, he scored that important goal against United!
“With his quality, he could also play as a midfielder but we had many in that position.
“And I thought that Vincent was a really good central defender. I think it’s probably one of the best.”
Ten years on Manchester City has gone on to win six Premier League titles and has won four Premier League titles in five years under Pep Guardiola.
Manchester City has also won two of the Premier League titles on the final day, all against Liverpool.
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