Roberto Mancini believes Manchester City’s title win this season could be the start of a ‘cycle of success’ at the Etihad Stadium.
City claimed their first league title in 44 years in the most dramatic fashion imaginable, scoring two goals in extra time against QPR on Sunday to secure the win that handed them the title from rivals Manchester United on goal difference.
Despite following up their success in the FA Cup last year with the league title this season, City suffered a disappointing maiden campaign in the Champions League and failed to make it past the group stages.
Despite a strong home win in their final game of the competition against eventual finalists Bayern Munich, their home draw and away defeat against Napoli proved costly as the Serie A side went through at their expense.
That failure was compounded by defeat to Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League at the last 16 stage.
However Mancini believes his side can go on to make an impact in European football’s elite competition next season on the back of their domestic success this term.
"That's the next step. The first year was the FA Cup, the second the Premier League and I hope the third will be the Champions League," he told Sky Sports.
"We have started a cycle of success but to win the Champions League, it will take more. The Premier League is the most difficult league, the most competitive league in the world.
"We've had to face very strong teams who, unlike us, had already won it in recent years.
"But we always believed. For this reason our achievement is special and is thoroughly deserved."