Mancini plays down City pressure

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Manchester City are within touching distance of claiming the Premier League title, but Roberto Mancini is adamant he will not allow his players to get carried away.

The Citizens know that victory over Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad Stadium on the final day of the 2011-12 campaign will see the club lift their first top-flight silverware in 44 years, at the expense of Manchester United.

Recent wins over their local rivals and Newcastle United have propelled City back to the top of the table, and with Sir Alex Ferguson's side trailing on goal difference by eight goals, three points this weekend will be enough secure the domestic crown.

"We have two fingers on the trophy," admitted Mancini. "But it is not enough, because we still have one more game and it is a difficult one.

"My feeling is good after the Newcastle result and so is the feeling of the players. But we need to play the QPR game in the right mood."

QPR are managed by former City boss Mark Hughes, but the players would be foolish to think they will be given any favours on Sunday, with Rangers themselves battling to stave off the threat of relegation.

Mancini has urged his squad to avoid any complacency, and has played down the obvious pressure that is building around the fixture, by insisting his players are fully focused on the task at hand.

"We have managed to keep the players' feet on the ground," the Italian continued. "We did it before we played United. Then we did it last week before we played Newcastle. We won't change anything.

"If we don't keep our concentration and prepare well for the game, it will end up being very difficult."

"We don't have pressure. Leading up to the Newcastle game, maybe we had some. But not now. We just need to play one game and we just need to play as we did on Sunday."

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