Mancini: City can be special in six months

The Italian is aiming to get the better of Juventus on Thursday in

their glamour Europa League group match at Eastlands. While pleased

with the progress his side are making – they defeated reigning

champions Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday – he maintains

there is a lot of work ahead. Mancini said: “I think we can create

a special team in six months. We need time to improve day by day to

change the mentality. We must start winning consistently. That is

important.” Juventus are also a side in transition and Mancini has

not ruled out the possibility of returning home to coach them one

day. “Why not, football is like that, ” he said. “I have never been

an enemy of Juventus. I was a huge fan for years when I was a child

so I have great respect for the club and the players. “It will be a

special match as it is the first time I am coaching an English team

against Juventus. “Obviously I miss home, as anyone would, but I am

happy here. This is where I am living and working.” Mancini raised

the stakes before the game by suggesting the Premier League was

stronger than Serie A. He said: “Juve and City are both new teams.

We both need time to establish ourselves. “I think the English

championship is better than the Italian. They need to bring some

big players back. They are not there at the moment.” Veteran

midfielder Patrick Vieira is hoping to claim a place in the team

after saying he was “frustrated” at his lack of game time. Vieira,

34, arrived in January from Inter Milan following a season with

Juventus. He said: “It has been frustrating. Like everyone else I

want to play more often and be more involved. I know how strong the

team is, especially in the midfield. “I want to play more than one

game a month. I will get my chance, I know that because the season

is really long. I want to show the manager he can count on me.

“Every competition is really important because we all want to play.

As City have not won a trophy for years lifting one would be good

for the club.” Vieira believes City are becoming a team to fear. He

said: “We have beaten Liverpool and Chelsea who are seen to be part

of the big four. That just shows how strong we are. There is still

a long way to go but we believe in ourselves. “We know how good we

are. Now we have to win games week in, week out. We have to show it

on the pitch.”