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Mancini keen to forget European woes

Roberto Mancini says he is not under pressure despite Manchester City’s early Champions League exit.

City finished bottom of their group without a win in six games, signing off with a 1-0 defeat at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday to exit the competition for the second successive season, this time with the worst record of any English side.

Attention now turns to domestic matters, with the Manchester derby on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium, and Mancini is adamant his team’s campaign is far from over.

“It’s clear the season isn’t finished. We have the Premier League and FA Cup to go for, but we must work more now,” he said.

“What we’re doing is not enough.

“Our target when we started the season was to defend our title. That was the main target.

“Our targets have not changed. Our main target was the Premier League and FA Cup – to win a trophy

“We knew it was difficult to win the Champions League but our target in Europe was to get into the second stage.

“We wanted to get to the Champions League second stage – then in February, when you’re there, you can change your target. But we didn’t and now we can’t.

“I don’t feel any pressure. I’m disappointed because we went out of the Champions League and I’m disappointed for the club because they deserve to go through and for our players, who deserve to play on that stage.”

City are three points behind league leaders United in the Premier League standings.

Thu 6 December, 2012
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