City owner targets title

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Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour says the club's main aim this season is to win the Barclays Premier League.

The league leaders are five points clear of Manchester United in the race for the title, and seven points above third placed Tottenham Hotspur, who have a game in hand.

The Sheikh has spent close to £1 billion since taking over the club in 2008, and has spoken for the first time on the club's targets for this season.

"We must not forget that our main objective is to win the English Premier League and if we achieve that, then it will have an impact on the team and the club as a whole and will show we can achieve anything," he said.

"Sometimes I meet a lot of Emirati and Arab brothers in London, and see them criticise the work of Roberto Mancini, but I think that his plans are going on the right path.

"We have to ask ourselves where we have been and what Manchester City have become now. To realise that what we have accomplished is great.

"Hard work is still required but we are all satisfied with what has been achieved, the success and development at this level. However you must have patience."

While expectations of reaching of the knock-out phase of the Champions League tempered following defeat to Napoli, focus has turned to City's title push, which saw them defeat neighbours United 6-1.

"We must be aware that these kinds of results can be a double-edged sword - it makes the others look at you differently and prepare themselves the best way they can," Sheikh Mansour added.

"But those who want to win championships and trophies have to adapt to that and be ready to face the challenges."

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