Tired City need time to find rhythm, says Mancini
MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, (AFP) - Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini admits it could take several weeks before the Premier League champions hit peak form as their tired stars recover from Euro 2012.
City have made an unbeaten start to their title defence, but Mancini knows his side have been below their best so far, with an unconvincing 3-2 win over Southampton followed by a hard-fought 2-2 draw at Liverpool.
The Italian believes the main reason for City's lethargy is the mental and physical strain on his players after the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine.
Mancini decided to drop one of the key figures in his team, Spain's David Silva, for the trip to Liverpool because he felt the play-maker needed a rest and he does not expect an immediate improvement in Saturday's clash with QPR at Eastlands.