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 “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.”