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So the questions for Mancini are will he get the time to plot a third assault on the Champions League? And what does he need to achieve this season to get the chance to do so?
Mirror Football claim that Manchester City will show Mancini the door if he fails to win the Premier League for a second successive season, though they also say that Jose Mourinho would not be the choice to get the job if that happens.
Having won the FA Cup—breaking City's long-running trophy drought in the process—in 2011 and then the Premiership in 2012, Mancini should have enough of a reputation at the club with both board and fans to be able to defend the title.
It might be worth noting, though, that another defeat in the next league game, which happens to be the derby against Manchester United, would significantly increase the pressure on him from the media, if not from within the club.
Jose Mourinho himself has, half-jokingly, mentioned that he would not survive the results that Mancini has managed in the Champions League:
It is good that it was City because Roberto can work without any kind of problem I believe. If it was Real Madrid, the press wouldn’t let me return to Madrid.
As for Mancini, he has no worries about his job per his comments to ESPN, but he will know as well as anybody that his side need to be strong in the domestic league for the remainder of the season.
Going unbeaten so far, 15 games into the season, is a good indication that there is plenty more to come from his team despite not hitting the heights in performance terms until now.
Win the Premier League and the performance in the Champions League will soon be forgotten, but Mancini will need to heed the lessons from this season's campaign to ensure that next time around his team are far more competitive and successful.