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Mancini: Magpies tougher than United

Mancini: Magpies tougher than United (©GettyImages)
Mancini: Magpies tougher than United (©GettyImages).

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini claims his side's hardest task in their title chase still lies ahead in Sunday's "Champions League final" at Newcastle.

City regained the initiative in their battle for the Barclays Premier League crown with arch-rivals Manchester United with victory in a tense derby on Monday. Mancini's men now lead the table on goal difference with two games remaining but the Italian, who has continually played down City's chances over the past month, is wary of the high-flying Magpies.

He said: "Newcastle will be our hardest game - harder than United. It is strange but it is like this. They have had a fantastic season and are playing to get into the Champions League. Their manager is one of the best managers here and it will be a tough game. It is another Champions League final on Sunday. We have two - Newcastle and QPR."

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