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Mancini feels passion for Cup

Roberto Mancini is adamant that when it comes to the FA Cup, Manchester City are in it to win it.

No matter that his priority is securing a place in the top four, the Italian wants his side to lift the trophy.

Next up is a trip to League One Notts County in the fourth round tomorrow and a chance for Mancini to get reacquainted with their manager Paul Ince.

Mancini said: “We want to win the FA Cup. We want to go to the final but first we must win this game. It is a very tricky match and the FA Cup is very tricky. We must fight if we want to win.”

Mancini knows all about fighting after being sent off playing for Sampdoria following a dust-up with Ince, then with Inter Milan.

Sven Goran Eriksson was Mancini's coach at the time.

“I had the ball and saw Paul Ince arrive and I nutmegged him. It was incredible,” said Mancini.

In 2009 Eriksson was appointed director of football at Notts County and asked Mancini to become manager. The Italian was unconvinced and his instincts were proved correct as Eriksson left seven months later.

Winger Adam Johnson will not be risked tomorrow after he suffered an ankle injury in training but defender Micah Richards could come into contention after a back problem while striker Edin Dzeko is set to make his debut in the competition.

Meanwhile Republic of Ireland keeper Shay Given will stay at City until the end of the season.

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