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Mancini: Cup victory can change everything

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has challenged his side to beat their inner city rivals and take another step closer to a first trophy in 35years.

The two sides meet in an eagerly anticipated FA Cup semi-final clash at Wembley on Saturday, and Mancini is confident the Eastlands outfit have what it takes to succeed.

The Citizens boss is under intense pressure to deliver a trophy after considerable investment from Blues owner Sheikh Mansour, who now wants to see a return on his spending.

But Mancini refuted claims he was feeling the burden, and reflected positively on his time at Manchester City.


 

"After 15 months I am very happy in my job because I know how difficult it is to build a team to win trophies," he said.

"It doesn't depend on the money you spend - every top club should spend money - but it is important to win a title.

"The first trophy is the hardest one to win."

Whilst City are on course to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in the club's history, Mancini believes his side can take inspiration from their bitter rivals as he looks to take the club to the next level.

"We can go on to do what United have done. We have a chance on Saturday and for this we should be happy.

"For this I think if we go into the final, we can change everything."

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