Updated: Thursday, 19th September 2019 @ 4:44pm

'Not our mentality': Roberto Mancini refuses to accept defeat in Premier League title race

'Not our mentality': Roberto Mancini refuses to accept defeat in Premier League title race

By Pippa Field

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is still refusing to throw in the towel in the title race after victory over Chelsea cut Manchester United’s lead to 12 points.

Second half goals from Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez sealed all three points after Joe Hart saved Frank Lampard’s penalty when the game was still goalless.

With the result keeping City’s faint title hopes alive, the Italian insisted his side would not for a minute contemplate giving up.

“We can’t think it’s finished with 11 games to go,” he said.

“It’s not my mentality or the mentality of the players.”

Having shown more attacking intent, it appeared the Blues were going to play out a frustrating afternoon with Jack Rodwell and Sergio Aguero both going close.

Hart then handed the London side the chance to take the lead shortly after the break when he hauled down Demba Ba.

But although making amends by denying England teammate Lampard his 200th Chelsea goal, Mancini demanded better focus from his number one.

“I think Joe is the best keeper in England and one of the best in Europe,” he said.

“But a goalkeeper like him can do better, with the long ball which led to the penalty.

“He could be perfect – it’s important to have concentration always.”

Spurred on by the penalty miss, City went ahead 11 minutes later when Toure coolly steered in a close-range angled shot.

Tevez’s blistering 20-yard shot – his first goal in nine league games – then made the game safe five minutes from time.

Meanwhile, in an unusual move, deeply religious Mancini also took the opportunity to offer his personal thanks to Pope Benedict XVI, due to step down on Thursday.

He said: “For us it is the last Sunday for our Pope (Benedict XVI) and I would like to say thank you to this Pope for what he did in eight years.”

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