Mancini: It’s in our hands

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is refusing to worry about their rivals for a top-four Premier League finish.

The Italian says it important his side focus on their remaining six games and are not distracted.

Tottenham are now two points behind City following the thrilling 3-3 draw against Arsenal.

The clubs are due to meet at Eastlands on May 10 and the result could prove decisive for the second successive year. Tottenham won last year’s encounter thanks to Peter Crouch’s late headed winner to progress into the Champions League for the first time.

Mancini is relaxed about the situation.

"It was a good game between Tottenham and Arsenal, " he said. "But everything is in our hands.

"We do not depend on Tottenham or other teams. If we win our games we will go in the Champions League."

Mancini is puzzled that Tottenham want City’s league fixture with Stoke switched from May 17 as it falls three days after the teams meet in the FA Cup final.

If Stoke were to lose the final, they could still qualify for next season’s Europa League if City were to finish in the top four in the league.

That would see City go into the Champions League and mean they would not need the FA Cup’s Europa League place, which would go to the Potters.

Mancini said: "I have respect for every opinion but I have never seen in the Premier League one team that did not play 100%. It is impossible."