After helping Manchester City to win their first Premier League title in 44 years during the 2011/2012 season, Italian coach Roberto Mancini has backed his successor Manuel Pellegrini to lead the Etihad Stadium club another title glory this term.

City are top of the table after eight matches.

“I think that we win the league Manchester City will win the league,” he told BBC’s World Football programme.

“I was really proud about what I did in Manchester because we changed the situation there after many years.

“Seven or eight years ago, they played for relegation or mid-table. In the last four or five years Manchester City is the best team in the Premier League.”


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