Manchester City manager Robert Mancini has called for calm over expectations at the club ahead of their Barclays Premier League opener tonight.
The Citizens host newly-promoted Swansea City at the Etihad Stadium, with Mancini's side well-fancied not just to beat Brendan Rodgers' side but to go close in the Barclays Premier League title race.
It's far from straightforward for the Citizens though, and their Italian manager believes it could take some time before they hit their best form in the campaign after last weekend's FA Community Shield defeat to rivals Manchester United.
"The first 10 games are going to be very difficult," said Mancini is his pre-match press conference.
"The squad is not 100 per cent ready. It needs four or five games to find good form."
Mancini will certainly not be taking the Swans' challenge lightly when the Welsh side travel to Manchester tonight, admitting he's been impressed with what he's seen of the Liberty Stadium side.
The challenges of a promoted Npower Championship side is not lost on the Italian, who knows his team of international stars will have to fight hard to earn three points.
"When you start the season and you play against a team that comes from the Championship, it is really difficult. Last year, with all the teams that came from the Championship, it was very hard to play against them in the first 10 games and it will be the same this year,” the manager continued.
“This is why the Premier League is difficult. Every game is hard.
"I have watched many of their games. Swansea play good football. They don't play long ball and they have good players. The manager is good - last year, he played really good football and got promoted."
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