Di Matteo: No Doubt City Are Favourites
Di Matteo, whose side had gone ahead thanks to Fernando Torres’ first-half goal, before seeing Branislav Ivanovic sent off late in the opening 45 said he had been thoroughly impressed by the Sky Blues who he believes are definitely title favourites.
“City are the favourites, there is no doubt,” Di Matteo said. “They are the champions and we have to catch up 25 points from last season.
“Manchester United will be chasing City as well. They have kept the squad together, I am not sure whether they are going to make any other signings but they are a strong team.”
City boss Roberto Mancini had insisted earlier in the week that Manchester United were title favourites. The Italian’s side haven’t added any new players this summer, although Carlos Tevez is a virtual new signing having been on the sidelines for most of last term following a fallout with the boss.
Mancini said he was delighted with the Argentine’s form in Sunday’s Community Shield victory.
“I am very happy with Carlos,” Mancini said. “He has worked very well in pre-season because this year he wants to play football. Carlos is a top player and if he wants to play he is at the very top.”
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