Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 9/22/12
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Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini believes his side are still paying the price for a fractured pre-season. City head into Sunday's encounter with Arsenal still searching for the form that saw them crowned Premier League champions last season. The reason for their difficulties is not hard to spot. From having the top flight's best defensive record, City suddenly look vulnerable. Including the Community Shield, the Blues have conceded 11 goals in six games so far this season, culminating in the three at the Bernabeu on Tuesday that cost them a famous Champions League away win over Real Madrid. It took City 13 games to reach that number last season. And Mancini is certain he knows why there has been a change. "For two years we were the best defence in the Premier League," he said. "This year we have been average. "Probably the big problem was we didn't get to work properly in pre-season. Since then we lost some players and have had an international break. "But if we are goi...
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