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Mancini: Now we want the Champions League

ESPN staff
May 17, 2012
Roberto Mancini is chasing further success © Getty Images

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes he needs to improve his squad in the summer as the Premier League champions set their sights on the next target - the Champions League.

City claimed the league title on a dramatic final day on Sunday, with Sergio Aguero - an expensive signing last summer - eventually scoring the decisive goal in the fourth minute of injury time.

The club will now look to make an impression on the Champions League, a competition from which they exited in the group stages on their first appearance this season. Mancini believes winning the tournament is a realistic ambition for the club, although he admits a few additions may need to be made at the Etihad Stadium.

"Easy to say - the Champions League," Mancini told Sky News Arabia, when asked about the club's next ambition. "The Champions League is a strange tournament. You should be lucky to win the Champions League, you should be in good form, in a crucial moment. It is clear you should have a good team.

"I think that as a team we need to improve for this competition.

"If you have a good team, if you work hard like we have worked in the last two years, I think we can do a great thing."

City have already been linked with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eden Hazard, although club chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak suggested earlier in the week that the club's transfer budget for the summer would be decidedly smaller than in recent times.

Mancini said the pair will make decisions about the future together, praising the chairman for his support even during the difficult moments of the season.

"We have a fantastic relationship because they are really good men. They always supported the team, even in the bad moments," Mancini said. "We won this title also for this reason. In difficult moments like after Arsenal where we were eight points behind, the club and Khaldoon supported me and all the team."

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