Mancini plots title challenge

Mancini outlined his plans following the 2-0 victory against Bolton

at the Reebok Stadium thanks to goals from Joleon Lescott and

substitute Edin Dzeko. The result brings automatic entry to the

Champions League group stages and capped a superb season for City

after they lifted the FA Cup, an achievement they will celebrate on

Monday with an open-top bus parade. Asked if it was possible to

challenge United, Mancini said: “Why not? But it is important we

have all the new players in position for pre-season. “Last year we

had some players join five days before the start of the campaign,

which did not help us. That is why we want to do business early

this summer.” On the Champions League, he added: “It is a strange

competition. We are a good team but maybe we need other players who

have played in it and have experience. “Every game is a hard game

and if you don’t have many players you can change in the Champions

League and Premier League it would be a really hard season.

“Tottenham this year put all their strength into the Champions

League and lost many points in the Premier League. For this we need

good players, many players for these competitions. In football if

you don’t spend you don’t win.” Lescott made the breakthough in the

43rd minute when he sent a looping header over Jussi Jaaskelainen

following a corner from Adam Johnson. That took the wind out of

Bolton’s sails and Dzeko added a second in the 62nd minute, shortly

after stepping off the bench when he capitilised on Gary Cahill’s