Mancini won two trophies with Manchester City (©GettyImages)
Mancini won two trophies with Manchester City (©GettyImages).

Manchester City success down to me - Mancini

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Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini claims he built the current City squad.

City have been firing on all cylinders this season and have already scored 106 goals but Mancini believes this is down to him after he bought most of the current squad.

Mancini is currently managing Turkish side Galatasaray who are second in their league behind Fenerbahce.

Mancini said, according to BBC Sport: "I'm happy that Manchester City is one of the best teams in England because I built this team.

"The players that score the goals are players that I bought - Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, Yaya Toure, David Silva and Samir Nasri.

"When you work, you know you can have some problem with the players, this is normal because the manager wants the players to work hard, play well and the players should understand this.

"When you change the manager, it is better maybe, because you change the way to work.

"I think Pellegrini is doing a good job but what is happening now at Manchester City, we did three years ago. It's the same.

"I'm very happy about what I did in Manchester, I love the Manchester City supporters and I had a fantastic experience.

"After four or five years, maybe the manager needs to change team. I did my job, I built a fantastic team, we played fantastic football and we didn't win last year only because Manchester United bought Robin van Persie."

The Italian won the FA Cup with City in 2011 and then won the Premier League in 2012 in a dramatic finish which saw Sergio Aguero score the winner in added time.

Mancini is not the reason City are doing so well this season though, Manuel Pellegrini has brought a more attacking style of football to the Manchester club and has signed players such as Fernandinho, Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo.

Negredo has scored 23 goals so far this season in all competitions since joining from Sevilla.

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