Mancini praises fans impact

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has dedicated the club's success this season to their fanatical support.

After a barren spell of 35 years, Mancini delivered the FA Cup in his first full season at Eastlands as well as a third placed finish in the Barclays Premier League, which will see the club enter into the Champions League group stage next season.

With another spending spree expected this summer, Mancini is keen to praise the fans and the club's owners.

"All the credit for what we have achieved this season has to go to the players who worked so hard for us to win what we did.

"But I also want to give credit to the Royal Family of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mansour and our chairman, Khaldoon al Mubarak. But what this team has done is dedicated to our fans, who have suffered for so long but can now start to dream about a better future."


Days before winning the FA Cup final against Stoke City, the club secured an all-important Champions League spot at the expense of Tottenham Hotspur, and despite it being the Italian manager's No.1 target, he is wary about the impact the competition may make on his side's league form.

"It is a strange competition. We are a good team but maybe we need other players who have played in it and have experience.

"Every game is a hard game and if you don't have many players you can change in the Champions League and Premier League it would be a really hard season.

"Tottenham this year put all their strength into the Champions League and lost many points in the Premier League. For this we need good players, many players for these competitions. In football if you don't spend you don't win."

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