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Apr 13, 2012

Mancini: Norwich tougher than United

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has claimed Saturday's trip to Norwich could be harder than the derby against Premier League leaders Manchester United later this month.

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City will cut United's lead at the top of the table to just two points if they win at Carrow Road, with the Red Devils not scheduled to play Aston Villa until Sunday afternoon, but Mancini is wary that the game comes just three days after the 4-0 win over West Brom.

"United is easy," Mancini said. "We could lose or we could win but it is an easy game. Against United or Chelsea, our concentration will be 100%.

"Norwich will be really tough because we have only had two days to recover after West Brom."

A playful Mancini, whose entire press conference was conducted in that confusing manner, then bizarrely backed the comments of United assistant manager Rene Meulensteen that the Red Devils have greater togetherness.

"I agree with him," said Mancini. "They have big experience and are a fantastic team. We are nothing.

"But sometimes the best team, or the team that has balance, doesn't win."

Meanwhile, Mancini also confirmed midfielder Yaya Toure could be available on Saturday despite missing the midweek win over West Brom with a knee injury picked up during last weekend's defeat at Arsenal.

"Yaya is getting better," said Mancini. "We will decide tomorrow but there is a chance he could play."

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