Mancini ‘confident’ after Malaysia win
KUALA LUMPAR – Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini expressed confidence his champion squad will be able to retain their English Premier League trophy after beating Malaysia in style.
Playing in humid conditions in Malaysia as part of City’s Far East tour, Mancini’s boys wrapped up their visit with an impressive 3-1 victory Monday over the Southeast Asian team.
The star of the game was Argentine striker Sergio Aguero who looked fresh and full of energy after a brief summer rest.
Aguero, who scored the goal that won City their Premier League trophy in May, opened the scoring on 17th minutes and created the other two goals for Carlos Tevez and Adam Johnson.
Aguero had the chance to put City one up in the ninth minute when he rounded the Malaysian defence, only to see his shot hit the crossbar. But he was not to be denied eight minutes later when he burst past three defenders before chipping the ball over Malaysian goalkeeper Mohamad Farizal Marlias.
A smiling Mancini was delighted with the performances of his players and Aguero in particular and said the tour reinforced his belief the team can go all the way in the coming season.
“We were confident two weeks ago and I’’m even more confident today. Sergio played very well and his partnership with Carlos has continued from last season,” he said when asked about City’s chances of retaining the Premiership title.