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Kompany´s Belgium duty irks Mancini

28 March 2013 12:47

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has slammed Belgium coach Marc Wilmots for playing Vincent Kompany for Belgium in midweek.

The defender has been sidelined since January through a calf injury and was due to return in City's clash with Newcastle on Saturday.

However, Kompany played the full 90 minutes of his country's 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over Macedonia on Tuesday, and his premature return has angered Mancini.

"I don't agree with this," the Italian told reporters. "International managers should understand the situation.

"He didn't play for us for 60 days, but he goes and plays for (Belgium)."

Turning his attention to domestic matters, Mancini conceded his side's title defence is over.

City sit second in the Premier League but are 15 points behind leaders Manchester United.

But with an FA Cup semi-final against either United or Chelsea to look forward to, Mancini believes there is still plenty to play for.

"It's over, but this doesn't change anything because we should do our best from now to the end," Mancini said.

"Every top team, when you can't win a title, you should try to play well, try to win all the games, and we have the FA cup semi-final.

"We have Chelsea four points behind, Tottenham five points behind and we play another nine games. For this reason it's important to keep working hard."

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Competition
WC Qualification Europe
Date
26 March 2013
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0 - 0
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E. Hazard 62'  
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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 4 +9 12
2 4 +3 10
3 4 +3 9
4 4 +5 7
5 4 +3 7
6 4 +2 7
7 4 +1 6
8 4 +1 6
9 4 +3 5
10 4 +0 5
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12 4 -1 5
13 4 -1 4
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15 4 -1 3
16 4 -8 3
17 4 -3 2
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19 4 -5 2
20 4 -6 2

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