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Mancini not looking at the table for another month

Published on Feb 25, 2013 6:24 AM
Manchester City's manager Roberto Mancini instructs his team during their English Premier League soccer match against Chelsea at The Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northern England, Feb 24, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MANCHESTER, England (REUTERS) - Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini understands better than most the cliches about title races not being over until the final minute of the season and is therefore refusing to look at the Premier League table.

In case he has missed it, his side lie 12 points behind leaders Manchester United after goals from Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez gave them a 2-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday to keep alive their faint hopes of retaining their English crown.

Had they lost, the challenge of catching up with Alex Ferguson's men and stopping them winning a 20th league title could have been too much in Mancini's eyes.

"Maybe," the Italian replied at a news conference when asked if a 15-point gap with 11 games left might have been a task too great. But I think football is finished when it's finished, the last minute of the last game. It is clear if we arrive with four games to go and United are 12 points (ahead) it's clear it is finished but our job is to continue to work."

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