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Monday 11 December 2017

Title run-in same as 13 Euro finals -- Mancini

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has told his side to treat every game in their title run-in like a Champions League final.

The Premier League leaders resume their championship quest following their latest European exploits as struggling Blackburn visit the Etihad Stadium this evening.

City have a two-point advantage with 13 games remaining and Mancini is braced for a stern test of resolve in the season's closing months.

The Italian said: "It is impossible to be complacent.

"Every game is like a Champions League final and for this reason we need good concentration."

City's title challenge has been boosted by the return of inspirational midfielder Yaya Toure from the African Nations Cup.

Toure has not played in the Premier League since the victory over Liverpool on January 3, but returned last week to feature in both legs of the Europa League win over Porto. During his absence, City went out of both domestic cup competitions and suffered a disappointing league defeat at Everton.

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