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Third place imperative for City

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A spot in the Champions League qualifiers and an FA Cup triumph would be deemed a successful season for Manchester City, but they're not prepared to rest on their laurels just yet.

City have the opportunity to overtake Arsenal with three points against Stoke City in the Barclays Premier League tonight, with a third-placed finish ensuring a direct passage into Europe's most prestigious club competition.

And, despite celebrating their FA Cup victory at Wembley last Saturday - coincidentally also against Stoke - the City players were wary of too much debauchery in order to be fresh for Tuesday's important encounter.

"We had to watch the celebrations a bit because of the game," said City midfielder Gareth Barry. "And we all had an eye on the Arsenal-Villa game [last Sunday], to see whether there was any chance we could get third.




 

"It'll be a strange feeling for both teams at this stage in the season having just played in a Cup final.

"But there might be an opportunity for us getting third place so we'll be out to win the game."

The importance of skipping the Champions League qualification process was also outlined by Micah Richards, who said: "Getting third place is still important to us because there's the chance we could get the likes of Bayern Munich in the qualifiers if we finish fourth."

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