Mancini wants cup spark
Roberto Mancini believes winning the FA Cup against Stoke could spark Man City into landing the title.
By Simone Bergellini
Last Updated: 12/05/11 9:10am
Roberto Mancini believes winning the FA Cup this weekend against Stoke could spark Man City into landing the Premier League title next season.
The ambitious big-spending side have a squad which is the envy of many teams from around Europe, however, it has been over three decades since the club added to their trophy cabinet.
Mancini's side have an excellent chance of ending that unwanted run against Stoke at Wembley on Saturday and the Italian thinks success in the showpiece final could prove the catalyst for future glory.
City's primary goal at the start of the campaign was securing a place in next season's UEFA Champions League and Mancini believes it would be a positive season by achieving that objective.
"Our goal was to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League," he told Gazzetta dello Sport. "If we get fourth the season's stock is positive, if we win the FA Cup too it becomes extraordinary.
"Both owner Sheikh Mansour and chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak are pleased with our growth. They are ideal leaders. They know that without the time you cannot build anything.
"I'm convinced that if we bring home the FA Cup on Saturday then next season we'll fight for the Premier League title. The team will be reinforced. It's already good, but needs the spark from a victory."
Meanwhile, Mancini insists he will not be leaving his City post any time soon, while he hopes that talisman Carlos Tevez stays at the club next season.
The ex-Manchester United man had expressed a desire to leave last year, although the club managed to persuade him to see out the campaign at the very least.
Mancini is crossing his fingers that Tevez will want to stay, while he has ruled out the possibility that enigmatic frontman Mario Balotelli could be offloaded following an eventful debut campaign in England.
"My future? I have not received offers from other clubs and it's still my priority is to achieve City's goals and continue here," Mancini continued.
"Tevez in Italy? In December he said to us that this was his desire after four years in Manchester. If he changes his mind and would remain, I'm happy.
"Balotelli? He stays for sure. He's shown his quality, but he must do much more to make fulfil his talent. He needs to play with a desire written in the face."
Mancini also confirmed City are keeping tabs on the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Javier Pastore, Edinson Cavani, although he accepts Europe's other big names are also tracking the trio.
"Our targets? We're watching Sanchez, Pastore, Cavani and many others, but that's the same thing for Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Monaco, Chelsea, Inter Milan and AC Milan."