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Roberto Mancini Surprised By Guardiola’s Struggles At ‘Strongest’ Manchester City

is surprised by how is struggling to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title in his debut season in England.

Mancini said that it could be because the former and Bayenr Munich boss underestimated the Premier League.

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Mancini guided the Citizen’s to their maiden league title in 2012, while the Etihad Stadium outfit are currently in third position – 12 points adrift of leaders .

The former boss did admit that there is a lot of difference between other leagues in Europe and the Premier League, he still insisted that City’s failure to mount a credible title challenge is surprising.

“I was lucky enough to experience an exceptional period with City. We won so much and played great football,” Mancini told the Sunday Post.

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“Now they have Guardiola, who I consider a good coach. But they are struggling a little and there is a reason.”

“In , as coach of Barcelona, he had [Lionel] Messi, [Andres] Iniesta and a phenomenal team. Plus is always a two-horse race with , the only rival.”

“Then he went to Germany, where always wins and therefore he did not have a difficult life.”

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“But, in England, it is a different story because you can have as many as six Premier League clubs who can vie for the title and now there are the problems.”

“Still I am a little surprised because I think that from 2012, is the strongest.”

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