Roberto Mancini expresses desire to return to Italy

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Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has made it clear Italy is his preferred destination should he look to return to managing anytime soon.

However, with Serie A his preferred final stop, he’s in no hurry to get there.

“I have time to come back to Italy, as I am still young,” the 48-year-old told Sky Italia. “Staying abroad, or being put in charge of a national team, could also be a good experience.”

Mancini has in the past spent time with Fiorentina, Lazio, and Inter on the touchline.  After being sacked rather harshly at City, he’s enjoying the stress-free environment of his current break.

“I’m happy with this time off. I’ve done this work for many years, and there is always so much pressure. Going forward relentlessly is not easy.”

Mancini was openly furious with City for the firing, and rightly so, given his successes there.  He was never in agreement, but a few days ago he finally opened up about his feelings.

“I deserved more respect for what I achieved” said Mancini. “In 3½ seasons with my staff, I believe I did an extraordinary job. City didn’t win a title for 40 years. I won a league, an FA Cup, a Community Shield and, in the worst season, I lost a final and finished second. Two months after my sacking, I still don’t understand the reasons and the timing.”

There have been rumblings ever since his firing that he could be headed to AS Roma.  Although he moved to quell those rumors in the short term, he was openly impressed with what the Giallorossi are building.

“Roma? No, I never had direct contact” the Italian told Corriere dello Sport. “But we’re talking about a big club with lots of prestige who are going through a rebuilding phase.  That would be an adventure with its own charm.  Never say never.”

Could Mancini end up in charge of Michael Bradley at Roma? Apparently, never say never.

How can Man United qualify for last 16 of Champions League?

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Heading into the their final UEFA Champions League Group B game, Manchester United hold their destiny in their own hands, but any slip-up could mean it’s Europa League on Thursday nights for Louis Van Gaal‘s men.

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The Red Devils would have advanced to the knockout stage with a victory over third-place PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, but slumped to an ugly 0-0 draw instead.

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So, here’s all of the scenarios for the final matchday of the group stage, away to Wolfsburg, in which United would advance to the round of 16 advance:

  • A Man United win will see Man United finish top of Group B
  • A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV draw or loss (vs. CSKA Moscow), will see Man United finish second in Group B
  • A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV victory, will see Man United finish third in Group B
  • A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV loss, will see Man United finish second in Group B
  • A Man United loss by more than one goal, coupled with a PSV draw, would see Man United finish third in Group B
  • A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV win, would see Man United finish third in Group B

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There are your scenarios for Man United as it’s pretty simple to break it down: Win, and they go through. Fail to win, and their fate is completely in the hands of PSV.

VIDEO: Can Leicester stun the world? Man United title favorites?

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The Foxes are top of the Premier League and are led by a surging Jamie Vardy but how long can they keep shocking the world?

With six tough games coming up between now and the start of 2016, Claudio Ranieri‘s men will be pushed to their limit but so far this season they’ve been sensational and Vardy has equaled Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistlerooy’s record of scoring in 10-straight PL games.

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Can he make it 11 in a row on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra) when United visit the King Power Stadium? As for the Red Devils, they sit in second place and are just one point behind the flying Foxes’. Louis Van Gaal‘s men have certainly flown under the radar so far and our churning out wins at an impressive rate.

Jenna Corrado and I discuss that and more in the latest edition of PST Extra. Click play on the video above to see our chat in full.

Men in Blazers podcast: The Leicester fairytale goes on

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Rog and Davo revel in another chapter of the Leicester City fairytale, break down Liverpool’s shock dismantling of Manchester City and discuss Arsenal’s slip against West Brom.

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Pellegrini updates status of Joe Hart’s hamstring injury

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Joe Hart was forced to leave Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus in UEFA Champions League play on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, which he seemed to incur while making a spectacular one-on-one kick-save late in the second half.

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Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed after the game that Hart’s injury is indeed a hamstring issue, and went on to say that he would need further tests once the team arrives back in Manchester to determine the severity and how long, if at all, City and England’s no. 1 would be out of action.

Man City, currently third in the Premier League on 26 points, will host eighth-place Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).