Belfast Telegraph

Mancini seeks killer mentality

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini wants his team to develop the winning mentality of Europe's top clubs.

City's star-studded squad are expected to challenge for the Barclays Premier League title this season and make a big impact in the Champions League. But after City were held to a draw by Napoli on their Champions League debut in midweek, Mancini feels they still have some way to go to match the established elite.

The Italian said: "I want our team to have a strong mentality like (Manchester) United, like Milan or like Barca. All these teams that won the Champions League or the championship of their country, I think we need to have this mentality."

City have been in outstanding domestic form, winning all four of their league games and scoring 15 goals in the process.

Fans hope to see that form carried over into Europe but Mancini says he would happily sacrifice style if it guaranteed victories.

Mancini said: "We play always to win but we need to understand we can win without always playing well.

"You can play fantastic football but if you don't score, in the Champions League, it is difficult because every game you meet a top team.

"If you concede or make a mistake it can be difficult.

"So, for me it is better maybe to not play very well but to score and have control of the game, like United did, like Milan."


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