Mancini blueprint for City success


Roberto Mancini has set his Manchester City players a target of winning two trophies this season, and insists the club can still enjoy a memorable year both domestically and in Europe.

In the wake of their UEFA Champions League exit, the Citizens - who were competing in the elite competition for the first time this season - were dumped out at the group stage despite a convincing 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night.

"It is my opinion next year, that if we play Champions League, we will do better," said Mancini. "I am sure we will improve, but it is important to finish well this year.

"When I say finish well this year I mean to maybe win two trophies."

City finished their group in third place, and as a result drop into the Europa League, whilst Mancini's men remain five points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League table.

With a Carling Cup semi-final clash with Liverpool to look forward to, and the defence of last season's FA Cup triumph starting in earnest in the New Year, there is still plenty of excitement ahead for City fans this campaign.

"The Europa League is now an important trophy," continued Mancini. "The Premier League is the priority - and the Europa League, Carling Cup and FA Cup.

"If we are lucky and we don't have a lot of injuries in the future, we have a team that can play all competitions."

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