Dzeko relief at automatic spot

A 2-0 victory at Bolton on Sunday cemented third place in the
Premier League table for Roberto Mancini’s side. It means they do
not have the inconvenience of having to play a qualifying match to
reach the group stages of Europe’s elite club competition. The
prospect of having to do that filled Dzeko with dread given the
opposition they could face. “If you know you can play against
Bayern Munich in the qualification it is difficult,” the former
Wolfsburg striker told mfc.co.uk. “You have to be a little bit
scared because you never know (what might happen). It is two games
and you can lose everything in them. “Now we will go directly into
the group stage and that is fantastic. Manchester City wanted to be
in the Champions League for the first time in their history. That
was the aim and and we did it. I hope I helped in some way. Now we
can enjoy our holiday.” After Joleon Lescott had opened the
scoring, Dzeko extended City’s lead in the 62nd minute with only
his second league goal for the club following his £27million
move in January. The Bosnian’s other strike was the winner against
Blackburn at Ewood Park – and he has promised an improvement next
season. He said: “It was hard for me at the beginning. Maybe that
is normal for new players. I think I will be much better in the new
season when I have a pre-season with the team. “I was happy to
score again and it was an important goal. It is unbelievable when
you have support like this from your fans and I want to thank them
for the last five months.” City parade the FA Cup on Monday night
but Carlos Tevez’s future appears no clearer following the club’s
awards ceremony. Tevez has said he is facing a dilemma as to what
to do as he agonises at being separated from his daughters in
Buenos Aires. Mancini, however, is convinced the Argentina striker
will remain at Eastlands. He told BBC Radio Manchester: “For me he
will stay. I spoke to him last week, I speak to him always. “For
the supporters it is important we have a good team. We have a
fantastic owner, fantastic chairman and afterwards we have
fantastic players.” According to the radio station Tevez told the
audience after picking up his goal of the season award: “Let’s hope
I can stay.”