Roberto Mancini bemoans Manchester City's lack of goals

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini gives instructions on the touchline during his side's match with Liverpool on February 3, 2013
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Roberto Mancini says that Manchester City have not scored enough goals to retain their Premier League title this season.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has insisted that the side's lack of goals has cost them in the title race this season.

The Premier League champions have scored 18 times less than league leaders Manchester United so far this year, with their 50 goals making them the league's fifth-highest scorers.

However, the Italian has admitted that he would settle for scoring less if it meant they kept more clean sheets.

"I hope that we can win the next 11 games 1-0 if it is possible because 1-0 is enough if you don't concede a goal," the Irish Examiner quotes Mancini as saying. "But it is impossible that you don't concede a goal every game.

"It is clear, if we are missing 15 or 16 goals now from last year, it is too much because 10 goals are probably six or seven points.

"This is the difference."

City travel to Aston Villa on Monday night.

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