Mancini: City a ‘real team’

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Roberto Mancini has revealed he is satisfied with the Manchester City squad’s progress this season, with the side challenging to be title leaders and settling into the Champions League group stages.

City are currently second in the Barclays Premier League table, and can boast a goal difference of 18, just one behind Manchester United.

And while City have had some problems adjusting to life on the European stage, Mancini believes that as the side gain more experience, they will get even better.


"Well, we are first in the Premier League with United,” he explained.

"We are a real team, we lack only experience. I'm happy."

City have been linked with a number of big-money buys in the January transfer window, and will no doubt be building on their squad to become unstoppable in their pursuit of English and European trophies.

Ezequiel Levezzi and Marek Hamsik have been touted as possible additions to the side, but Mancini insists that neither are really needed at this stage.

"[Lavezzi] is a great player and devastating in his every move. But I would not know where to put him at City," Mancini said.

"The same goes for Hamsik, who I first admired while in Italy. I wanted to take him to Inter when he played for Brescia."

City will be looking to keep up their top-class form when they take on Aston Villa at home this weekend. The side will be without strikers Mario Balotelli and Sergio Aguero though, as well as Carlos Tevez, whose future is still up in the air after serving a two week suspension with the club.

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