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Mancini has no fears over Robinho

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New Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is confident he can get the best out of Robinho.

The mercurial Brazilian has been exhilarating and frustrating during his 15-month spell with the club, although many of his recent performances have leaned towards the latter. Robinho, a £32.5million deadline-day signing from Real Madrid in August 2008, has undoubtedly reserved his best displays for Eastlands, while away from home he has been disappointing.

"We want to change this situation because we believe Robinho is a good player," said the Italian. "I think he will play well also away because he is a top player. When you are a top player you must play well home and away."

He added: "All the City players have good character and good spirit. We can work to improve the defensive phase but I think together we can do a good job."

Mancini knows neighbours Manchester United remain the yardstick for the Barclays Premier League and has high hopes of not only emulating but overtaking Sir Alex Ferguson's side.

"United have big players and a big manager but we want to be on top and for this we must change the mentality," he said.

"We must win at home and away and if we have this mentality we can change the situation. I think the players have this mentality."

Mancini insists he is not piling additional pressure on himself by setting the club the ambitious target of winning the league next season.

"The Italian league is difficult, the Premier League is difficult," he said. "I think if we do a good job in these six months and reach the top four I think next year we can get to the top of the Premier League.

"When they started the season the target for City was the top four. The targets don't change and there are 20 games to the end of the season. Next year we change. We need to work always to get to the maximum. City has a good team, good players. For me it is possible."

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