Belfast Telegraph

Bell: Home form vital

Manchester City legend Colin Bell has warned the Blues they must "go for it" on home soil this season.

City boss Roberto Mancini has already warned his players to beware of a very motivated Swansea team when the newly-promoted Welsh outfit visit the Etihad Stadium on Monday night. And Bell believes it should merely be the start of imposing form on home soil.

"If we are to have any chance of winning the title, we have to really go for it at home and win most of our games here starting against Swansea," said the former England international.

"I'd like to see us set our stall out and attack teams at home because we have the players to do it. I want to see us turn teams over and make teams frightened to come to the Etihad Stadium."

It was only to be expected City's ongoing transfer business would dominate until the end of the month.

Samir Nasri remains at the top of Mancini's hit-list. It would certainly be a major surprise if the attempt to secure Nasri's services did not take a major stride forward in the early part of next week.

Whether Mancini's grand plan also involves a swap deal to get Wesley Sneijder for Carlos Tevez is another matter.

Although the City boss was disappointed by Tevez's conduct during the summer, when the controversial striker confirmed his intention to leave the club due to well-publicised family problems, he remains an admirer of the South American.

There is little doubt Mancini would use Tevez extensively if he remained at the Etihad Stadium after the transfer window closes on September 1.

In addition, City officials have been fairly strident in their insistence Sneijder does not form part of their plans considering the costs involved in prising the Dutchman away from Inter Milan.

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