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Mancini: City progression imperative

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Roberto Mancini believes 'everything can happen' for Manchester City, should they progress to the last-16 of the Champions League.

City have finally begun to transfer their domestic form to the European stage; as a 3-0 victory against Villrreal on Wednesday night served to prove.

A brace from Yaya Toure and a penalty via Mario Balotelli made sure of three points in El Madrigal, and City now occupy second spot in Group A.

And, despite Villarreal fielding a weakened team, Mancini was pleased with the result - and is now targeting a greater impact further down the line.

''Villarreal were missing four or five important players but it is always difficult to win away in the Champions League," said the City boss.

''We had 65 per cent of ball possession, we scored three goals. I think this was important for our confidence.

''I think we have improved, not just in the Champions League.

''It is important for us to go in the second stage, then everything can happen with us because we are a good team. We can improve a lot in the next month.''

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