Mancini calls for patience from fans

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has called for more patience from the club's supporters.

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The Premier League champions were booed off at half-time against Swansea by some sections of the Etihad crowd, with the game at 0-0.

This came after their Champions League failure at Ajax, but City went on to seal victory and Mancini admits that it is easy to forget they are sitting just a point off top spot.

"They must understand it was a difficult occasion," said Mancini.

"When you're tired and have just had a defeat in the Champions League, maybe you can be disappointing. All teams need their supporters for 90 minutes.

"This was a good win. After a defeat in the Champions League it was important to win quickly again.

"After all that's been said in the last few days, I thought we were bottom of the Premier League. But I've just looked at the table and we're in second position."

City remain strong in the Premier League, but they are facing Champions League heartache for a second successive season - however, Mancini believes it takes time to learn how to compete in Europe.

"Yes this is normal," said Mancini. "But we are a good team. This is only the second time in the Champions League for us.

"For Chelsea to win the Champions League took them 10 or 11 years. But for those 10 years they were still a fantastic team.

"But if we want to say to our supporters, 'OK now we are ready to win the Champions League', then it's not true.

"We can play better but there are other teams who have always played in the Champions League and sometimes they don't play well too.

"In two years we've won three trophies, so we've done well. Everyone that works with us knows we need time.

"We won the title last season but we need to work, we need to improve, to learn other things."



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