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.