Mancini committed to Europa cause

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Roberto Mancini admits City's owners were disappointed by the Champions League exit
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Roberto Mancini admits City's owners were disappointed by the Champions League exit

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has spelt out his determination to secure a place in the Europa League.

A consolation place in the knockout stages of Europe's second-tier competition is now the best City can hope for from their disappointing Champions League campaign. City will need to beat Borussia Dortmund in Germany and hope Real Madrid, also already through to the last 16, can do them a favour against Ajax to progress.

Mancini said: "Yes, we want to stay in the Europa League - this is normal. It is another competition, another trophy to try to win."

He continued: "Maybe when it starts in February it is not so important and could be a problem because we play more games, but if you arrive in the semi-final or the final it becomes an important competition for us. And for this reason we want to stay in Europe."

Mancini knows the club owners have been disappointed by the Champions League failure but remains confident of delivering a successful season.

The Italian has spoken to chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak about the situation.

Mancini said: "He is happy with the way we are going in the Premier League, and we have the FA cup to come.

"Obviously they (owners) are so disappointed about the Champions League, and this is normal because our target when we started the competition was to get to the knockout stage - and anything can happen when you arrive there.

"But we didn't do well and for this reason I think they are disappointed but they understand it takes time to succeed in the Champions League."

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