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Apr 16, 2011

Mancini: Cup could lead to title triumph

Roberto Mancini believes winning the FA Cup could be the springboard to a title triumph next season for Manchester City.

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Mancini's side face Manchester United in Saturday's semi-final, with either Stoke or Bolton awaiting in the final at Wembley.

The Italian won the Coppa Italia in his first season at Inter before going on to secure successive league titles, and he is confident cup success could also spur City onto greater feats.

"I can see us winning the title next year," Mancini told The Sun. "If we win the FA Cup this year or get in the final and get in the Champions League, then that will give us a massive push, we will be flying. Once you get that first success you have the winning mentality.

"I can see the same thing happening here as at Inter if I am given time. Anything can happen if you don't win, every club can change its manager. But every time you change a manager you are just starting again, every time.

"I knew this job would be very difficult. When you win everyone gets recognition, when you lose only one man is responsible. But I love football, I love this job and I am sure Manchester City can be a top team."

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