Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is looking for his side to arrest 35 trophyless years, and sees the FA Cup, in which his side take on Reading in the quarter-final this afternoon at the City of Manchester Stadium, as a “big chance” for his cosmopolitan concoction of expensively assembled players to win a trophy.
The Italian, who has already conceded that the Premier League title won’t be going to Eastlands this season, sees the FA Cup as City’s best possible chance of silverware, especially following Thursday evening’s 2-0 Europa League defeat against Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine.
“The FA Cup is really important to us” said Mancini.
“It’s a really big chance for us to get to Wembley. It’s a really difficult tie, though, because Reading have shown what they are capable of by beating Everton.
“The FA Cup is totally different and offers us a big chance.
“We know how long it’s been since the last semi-final (30 years since Manchester City last reached the last four) so this would be good for us, good for the club and the fans.
“It’s a big week coming up in all three competitions. The Europa League (the second leg against Kiev takes place at Eastlands on Thursday) is going to be hard for us but we still have a chance. The next few days will be important.”
The former Inter manager has also come under scrutiny in the last two days after he made the decision to fly the City squad straight home from Ukraine on Thursday evening – City landed at Manchester airport at 5am on Friday morning. Nevertheless, Mancini believes that it was the correct decision.
“If we had left on Friday we would have lost another day,” added Mancini
“Usually after a game the players don’t go to sleep, so we felt it was better to get them back and try to get them right for Sunday.