Mancini: It’s in our hands

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.”