Mancini cagey over CL chances

Big-spending City get their first taste of the Champions League on

Wednesday night when they play host to Napoli at the Etihad Stadium

in their opening game in Group A. City have been tipped as one of

the favourites to go all the way in this season’s Champions League,

but Mancini is remaining cagey on their chances of lifting the

trophy come May. “I think it is normal for us because Manchester

City is one of the best teams in England and Europe I hope,” said

Mancini. “For us it will be very important to do very well our job

in this group and our target is to go into the second stage.”

Former Inter Milan chief Mancini insists he is not worried about

City’s lack of experience in the Champions League, feeling they

have enough players in their ranks who have played before in the

competition to handle the pressure. Asked if there was extra

pressure on his side, Mancini said: “No I don’t think this. Like I

said before it will be a very important day, but it is always a

football match. A difficult game, probably, but’s it’s a football

match. “We have players with a lot of experience, a lot of our

players have played in the Champions League. I don’t think we have

pressure for this game.”