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Mancini desperate to end trophy drought

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has said "the first trophy is the hardest one to win" as he seeks to end the club's long trophy drought.

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City have not won a trophy since the League Cup in 1976 but, given the vast investment in the squad in recent times, expectations are growing.

Their hopes will be boosted substantially if they can defeat Manchester United at Wembley in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final, though, and Mancini believes winning the competition could pave the way to regular success in the future.

"The first trophy is the hardest one to win," he said. "It doesn't depend on the money you spend. Every top club should spend money, but it is important to win a title. For this I think if we go into the final, we can change everything."

Sir Alex Ferguson had been under pressure at Old Trafford when he lifted the FA Cup in 1990, four years after his arrival at the club.

"It took Ferguson seven years to win the league," Mancini said. "Today is very different from 25 years ago. Today if you are a manager who wins nothing for six or seven years, it is difficult.

"After 15 months I am very happy in my job because I know how difficult it is to build a team to win trophies."

He added: "I have respect for Manchester United because they have won everything for many years. To begin with, they won a single trophy after a long time with nothing. Now we are in the same position.

"We can go on to do what United have done. We have a chance tomorrow and for this we should be happy."

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