Mancini plots title challenge

Mancini outlined his plans following the 2-0 victory against Bolton
at the Reebok Stadium thanks to goals from Joleon Lescott and
substitute Edin Dzeko. The result brings automatic entry to the
Champions League group stages and capped a superb season for City
after they lifted the FA Cup, an achievement they will celebrate on
Monday with an open-top bus parade. Asked if it was possible to
challenge United, Mancini said: “Why not? But it is important we
have all the new players in position for pre-season. “Last year we
had some players join five days before the start of the campaign,
which did not help us. That is why we want to do business early
this summer.” On the Champions League, he added: “It is a strange
competition. We are a good team but maybe we need other players who
have played in it and have experience. “Every game is a hard game
and if you don’t have many players you can change in the Champions
League and Premier League it would be a really hard season.
“Tottenham this year put all their strength into the Champions
League and lost many points in the Premier League. For this we need
good players, many players for these competitions. In football if
you don’t spend you don’t win.” Lescott made the breakthough in the
43rd minute when he sent a looping header over Jussi Jaaskelainen
following a corner from Adam Johnson. That took the wind out of
Bolton’s sails and Dzeko added a second in the 62nd minute, shortly
after stepping off the bench when he capitilised on Gary Cahill’s
mistake.