Thursday 14 December 2017

'City have sights on a double' -- Mancini

MANCHESTER City manager Roberto Mancini kept his sights set firmly on double success after his team powered into the Europa League last 16 last night.

City scored three goals in the final 14 minutes at Eastlands to see off 10-man Porto 4-0 and complete a 6-1 aggregate success.

The impressive Sergio Aguero set up victory with his second goal of the tie after just 18 seconds and later hit the bar before Edin Dzeko eventually doubled City's advantage.

David Silva and David Pizarro then completed the job after the sending off of Rolando for two bookable offences and City will now resume their Premier League title bid in good spirits.

When asked about the twin trophy push, Mancini said: "We hope so but it is not easy.

"We want to try to go to the final if possible but it will be difficult because the Europa League has top squads -- Manchester United, Valencia, Schalke -- it is like the Champions League.

"For this reason, it will be difficult but we want to try.

"After that the Premier League -- we are top, and if we win the next 13 games we will win (it)."

Mancini felt his side came through a stern test against the Portuguese champions despite the ultimately convincing nature of the scoreline.

Porto, last season's Europa League winners, did not want to relinquish their title without a fight but they failed to turn possession into meaningful chances.

City always carried the greater threat in attack and spurned several opportunities themselves.

Mancini said: "It was important we scored early but Porto are a very strong team. They are one of the top teams in Europe."

City will now await the winners of the tie between Sporting Lisbon and Legia Warsaw, which concludes in the Portuguese capital tonight. The score was 2-2 after the first leg.

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