Roberto Mancini feeling the heat as Manchester City take on Tottenham Hotspur

Updated: 09 November 2012 16:51 IST

Close to elimination from the Champions League, Manchester City need a win over Tottenham to stay on the coat-tails of Manchester United in the English Premier League race and relieve some of the growing pressure on their manager.

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Close to elimination from the Champions League, Manchester City need a win over Tottenham to stay on the coat-tails of Manchester United in the English Premier League race and relieve some of the growing pressure on their manager.

City are the only unbeaten team in the English top flight after 10 games but their capitulation in Europe has made Roberto Mancini the target of flak and frustration.

Mancini lost his cool twice this week, in a news conference before the 2-2 draw against Ajax and then immediately after the Champions League game in a finger-wagging confrontation with match officials.

It's a sign the Italian is feeling the pressure, at a time when Pep Guardiola is increasingly linked with City following the club's appointment of two former Barcelona officials.

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