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City on track to dominate for years - Mancini

ESPN staff
April 30, 2012
Roberto Mancini: 'It's important we don't win just one championship' © PA Photos
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Roberto Mancini feels Manchester City are well positioned to dominate English football for years to come - even if they fail to win this season's Premier League title.

City enter Monday's showdown with Manchester United knowing that they would leapfrog their great rivals with a win at the Etihad Stadium, putting them in pole position in the championship race.

But no matter what happens in that clash, Mancini wants to lay the platform for a sustained period of success - and ensure his name echoes down the ages as one of the Manchester City greats.

"It's important we don't win just one championship," Mancini said. "I want to leave a legacy. I want all the Manchester City supporters to remember me for winning many trophies. If you win the title there can be no debate who is the No. 1 team in Manchester, for this year at least. But United have a fantastic history and it is impossible to change that.

"For us, our target should be to match the achievements of United, Barcelona and Real Madrid in the future. I could be wrong but I think that Manchester City are set up to win many trophies in the future. That has to be the target, and even if we don't win the title this year that will not change.

"Just to be fighting for the title with three games left shows that we have progressed and worked well this season. It has showed that Manchester City will be a top club for many years. And I think the team that starts next season will be stronger than the one that finishes this season because of the experience we have gained."

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