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Does Mourinho fancy Mancini's job?

Roberto Mancini might be the latest Italian manager in danger of losing his Premier League job. Roberto Di Matteo was sacked by Chelsea while his team still had a chance of progressing in the Champions League. Mancini’s Manchester City were eliminated when they could only draw against Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid.

City had trailed to an early Real goal but hopes were rekindled when Sergio Aguero scored from a late penalty and Real were reduced to 10 men after the sending off of Arbeloa. City squandered a few chances to take all three points.

Unlike Mourinho, Mancini has a poor record in the Champions League, and that may persuade City’s owners that the club might achieve the next stage of their ambitions under a different boss.

Mancini believed it was crazy to even think City, with their lack of European experience, were capable of winning the Champions League. That is rather glossing over the fact that City might not have much of a European pedigree but they have bought several top players who do. "For us this is the second time," he said. "To win it first you need to go into the second stage. After February everything can change."

Mancini pointed out that the current champions didn’t reach that level overnight. "Chelsea tried to win it for 10 years and in their best moment they didn't win – when they played with Drogba when he was younger. They won last year when no one probably thought they could. The Champions League is strange. We need to be patient, we need to improve, also improve our team."

Mourinho might be available to replace Mancini in the summer. For now the Special One offered his support in a rather ambiguous fashion. "A club must support their manager with the maximum they can," Mourinho said, "until the last day when they decide to make a change, a new life."

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