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Mancini’s warning to cocky Manchester City stars

Roberto Mancini has warned his Manchester City team that they must get rid of their superiority complex if they are to win the Barclays Premier League title.

The most expensive squad in English football welcomed another addition earlier this week when giant striker Edin Dzeko checked in after completing his £27million move from Wolfsburg.

With so much quality at his disposal, Mancini appears best placed to challenge Sir Alex Ferguson for the championship this season, and create what promises to be a thrilling all-Mancunian duel.

However, the visit of Wolves to Eastlands tomorrow is a reminder of the obstacles that lie in City's path.

Even though they went in front at Molineux earlier this season, Mick McCarthy's men rallied to snatch all three points. It was the kind of setback Mancini acknowledges could prove very costly in the final analysis, and one which the Blues must learn to avoid.

“If you beat all these teams; the ones like Wolves, Blackpool and Aston Villa and draw against those like Chelsea and United, you win the title.

“But it is not easy.

“The problem comes when you meet a team that, in your head, you think are easy.

“Against Arsenal, United or Chelsea, you don't need to remind yourself to concentrate. You are there a week before.

“But if you think a game is going to be easy, that is when you lose. It happens here and in Italy.”

Dzeko may yet be forced to make his debut from the bench.

However, the Bosnian's arrival is set to release Roque Santa Cruz from his personal torment, and probably Shaun Wright-Phillips, who has been eased out of the first-team picture since Mancini's arrival.

“Probably Roque will go to Blackburn in one or two days and Shaun has two or three options.”

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