Roberto Mancini hails 'important' win

Samir Nasri
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Roberto Mancini says that Manchester City showed character to earn 'an important win' against Southampton.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes that his side earned an important win over Southampton on the opening weekend of the season.

The Premier League champions were behind at one stage in the second-half before coming back to beat the Saints 3-2 after Samir Nasri scored the winner in the 80th minute.

Mancini has praised his side's character and insists that City registered a crucial victory.

"I hope it's the last day like this. It's important we won this game, because the first day is always difficult," Mancini told Sky Sports News.

"It is important we have character. We understand that we have to close the game before because we had many chances to close out the game and we didn't do it.

"It is normal for us. It happened last year two or three times, but I think today it was only because it was the first game. We've only been back for two weeks."

Next up for City is a trip to face Liverpool on Sunday.

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