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Football manager Mancini expects tough test from Stoke

13th May 2011 - Sigvard Magnus

Manchester City football manager Roberto Mancini insists he will not be underestimating Stoke City when the two sides meet in the FA Cup final tomorrow (May 14th).

Big-spending City are the clear favourites for the Wembley showpiece, their first final in 30 years, with a formidable array of talented players to call upon.

However, despite qualifying for the Champions League by securing fourth place in the Premier League, football manager Mancini insists his side will be wary of the threat that Stoke pose.

He said: "Stoke are a strong team and a very difficult team. To think they are an easy team would be a mistake.

"If we want to win we need to play very well. We should pay attention in every situation. We cannot concede anything."

Stoke has been in impressive form recently, thrashing Bolton 5-0 in the semi-final, and comfortably beating Arsenal 3-1 in the Premier League last Sunday (May 8th).
 

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