Mancini: City still need time

City will make their Champions League debut against Napoli on
Wednesday evening and also tackle Bayern Munich and Villarreal in
the group phase. In addition, the club’s stunning 100 per cent
start to the Premier League season has drawn parallels with the
style of football played by current European champions Barcelona.
However, following Saturday’s comprehensive 3-0 win over Wigan,
Mancini was keeping realistic about City’s prospects following the
progress the club have made in recent seasons. “I understand why
people are getting excited but it is still early for us,” said
Mancini. “Yes, it’s our target to improve, to win the Premier
League and Champions League in the future. “But let’s see what
happens in May. This group of players has only been together for
two months and we need time. “Of course, playing in the Champions
League was all part of the project. But we are actually in the
competition sooner than I thought we would be. “The club has bought
good players and we worked very hard and for these reasons we
deserve to be where we are. But we still need to improve. “We can
say we want to win the Champions League because all the teams who
enter it want to win it. “But for us now it’s important we reach
the second stage. We’re in a hard group where anyone could finish
top or bottom. “Remember the Champions League is different from the
Premier League. If you lose a game in the domestic championship,
you have time to recover. “If you lose a game in the Champions
League, you don’t have that opportunity.”