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Football manager Mancini says Champions League spot was earned

11th May 2011 - Alma Shera

Manchester City football manager Roberto Mancini insists his team will be able to compete with the very best clubs in Europe, after qualifying for the Champions League for the first time.

City secured their place in the qualifying round for Europe's elite club competition with a 1-0 win over Tottenham, their nearest challengers for fourth place in the Premier League.

Looking ahead to facing the likes of AC Milan, Barcelona and Real Madrid, Mancini said his players deserve to be where they are because they have continued to perform throughout the season.

"This is the first time [in the Champions League] and we have got it because the players wanted it. We have the players who deserve to play in it," he said.

Football manager Mancini has said that his targets for this season were to qualify for the Champions League and to win a trophy.

The club has the chance to meet the second objective on Saturday (May 14th), when they face Stoke City in the FA Cup final at Wembley.
 

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