Mancini: Dzeko will be fantastic

Dzeko, 25, arrived at Eastlands in January in a £27million

move from Wolfsburg after building a formidable reputation in

Germany. The Bosnia striker scored a remarkable 66 goals in 111

Bundesliga games and earned a lucrative four-and-a-half-year deal

with City in the process. However, like Chelsea’s former Liverpool

striker Fernando Torres, a change of club in mind-season has seen a

downturn in Dzeko’s fortunes. Dzeko was an unused substitute in the

FA Cup semi-final victory against Manchester United and could be

back on the bench on Monday against Blackburn at Ewood Park.

Mancini believes the future is bright for his expensive buy, who is

waiting for his first goal in the Premier League. Dzeko has found

the target four times in England, twice against Notts County in the

FA Cup – City needed a replay – and twice against Aris Salonika in

the Europa League. Mancini said: “It is difficult for him, it is

difficult for me, but it can happen when you change teams. It is

important he works hard, only this. “I believe Edin is one of the

top strikers in Europe but sometimes incredible things happen to

strikers. You can score, you don’t know why. “On the other hand,

(Wayne) Rooney did not score for months, the same for Torres. This

is an incredible situation for a striker. But I am sure next season

Edin will be fantastic for City. “Now we have six games and the FA

Cup final and Dzeko can score important goals in this time.” City

are on course for a place in the Champions League while Blackburn

are in freefall after 10 league games without a win. Italian

striker Mario Balotelli looks set to retain his place and keep

Dzeko on the bench as Carlos Tevez has a hamstring injury. With

defender Micah Richards also absent with a similar problem, Pablo

Zabaleta is set to stay in the team following the Wembley triumph.

Balotelli incensed the United players, particularly Rio Ferdinand,

with the manner of his celebration after their win. But Mancini

will not penalise the 20-year-old, adding: “Have I spoken to him

about the incident? No. I watched it on TV and I don’t think it was

an important thing.”