London: Trying to calm his players nerves in the Premier League title race, manager Roberto Mancini has asked them not to panic.
City is under real pressure for the first time this season after Manchester United opened up a four-point lead at the top of the Premier League.
The Blues’ clash with in-form Chelsea at the Etihad on Wednesday night is now a must-win game, and Mancini has tried to rally his players.
The City boss has told his players they can still win the league from this position, despite the twin blows to their confidence of exiting the Europa League and losing to Swansea.
He said: “We lost top place in the Premier League at Swansea, but this is not the end of the title race as some people are saying. Now it is very important we are very comfortable together as a squad and as a club."
“We must regroup and find our best form and the fans will play their part against Chelsea. There is no need for anyone to panic. Of course, it is better to stay at the top, but now we are behind, it doesn’t change our target.”
City has been rocked by injuries and has struggled without their first-choice central defensive pairing of Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott.