Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has dismissed claims his job could be on the line this weekend. It has been suggested that the 48-year-old Italian could be sacked if his side are knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship side Leeds on Sunday.
The Italian argued that his side can still win silverware this season, noting that "three or four games can change everything" as they seek to close a 12-point gap on Manchester United in the Premier League.
Speaking to the press ahead of Sunday`s FA Cup fifth-round tie with Leeds United, Mancini declared: "We started our project three years ago. In three years we are always on the top, we fight for the title, we won three trophies, we have the chance to win more this year.
"All the people who talk about this don`t understand football. If Manchester City should sack me, the other 20 teams in the Premier League should be without a manager.
Mancini added that he has not yet accepted defeat in the quest to catch Manchester United at the top of the Premier League, despite the sizeable gap between the sides.
"I don't think like this, I have a different mentality," said Mancini. "I always think we can do everything. We have 12 games, we need to do our best and not look at the table."
Manchester City face Leeds United in the FA Cup at the weekend.