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Mancini predicts tough City run-in

Mancini predicts tough City run-in (©GettyImages)
Mancini predicts tough City run-in (©GettyImages).

Manchester City are currently sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League with 60 points on the board - two ahead of their local rivals on the red side of Manchester.

As well as this, Roberto Mancini's men recently strolled into the last 16 of the Europa League with an emphatic 5-1 aggregate victory over current Portuguese champions FC Porto - leaving the side with a chance to claim an impressive domestic and European double.

In spite of this, Mancini has informed his side that it will not be an easy task to win their first league title since 1968.

The Italian said: "It will be hard for us now until the end of the season, because every game on the Barclays Premier League is difficult.

"But we don't need to worry about what other clubs do. We need only to focus on ourselves."

With 13 games remaining, the Citizens welcome Steve Kean's Blackburn Rovers to the Etihad Stadium this weekend, with Mancini throwing caution to the fixture stating City need to be at their best to pick up all three points.

"It is important that we play well against Blackburn - in the last few weeks they have had some good results," he added.

"They won away against United, and they have been playing well."

City midfielder David Silva has also shared his view on the title race, suggesting that April's Manchester derby will be the pivotal factor in deciding the race for the title.

Mancini's men will host the fixture at the Etihad Stadium on the 30th of April, with just two games left to play after the date - leaving little time to 'catch up' for the losing side.

The Spaniard told the club's official website: "If we get to that match on the same number of points then it could be decisive, but we have to get there first, we have ti win every match.

"To win the Premier League would be an incredible thing to achieve with Manchester City, and for the people of Manchester after so many years."

City won the previous fixture in emphatic fashion with a 6-1 demolishing of Untied at Old Trafford, which is something most fans will remember for years to come.

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