Mancini aims to maintain momentum

Although over two weeks will have passed since City’s amazing 4-2
win at Chelsea when they tackle Sunderland at the Stadium of Light
on Sunday, memories of that triumph in the Blue camp are still
fresh. With Liverpool losing at Wigan on Monday, suddenly the Blues
are favourites to leapfrog Tottenham and clinch the fourth
Champions League berth. But, having bounced back to form in such
remarkable fashion following a run of just one win in six games,
Mancini knows it is imperative City continue their momentum. “If we
can play like Chelsea then we have a good chance,” said the
Italian. “It is important that we continue to perform very well. I
have all the players, so if we work well and prepare well, I think
we have a good chance.” Influential midfielder Patrick Vieira is
set to return from a three-match ban against the Black Cats, but
£25million frontman Emmanuel Adebayor is still sidelined for
another three games following his dismissal in the FA Cup defeat at
Stoke on February 24.