Mancini warns Manchester City against complacency

Updated: 24 February 2012 21:36 IST

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has warned his side against complacency as they embark on a title run-in that he has compared to 13 consecutive Champions League finals.

Mancini warns Manchester City against complacency
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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has warned his side against complacency as they embark on a title run-in that he has compared to 13 consecutive Champions League finals.

City are in the driving seat in the title race, leading Manchester United by two points as the Premier League action resumes this weekend.

But while City should have little difficulty in picking up another three points against relegation threatened Blackburn on Saturday, Mancini is determined that his squad leaves nothing to chance.

"It is impossible to be complacent," he said Friday. "Every game is like a Champions League final and for this reason we need good concentration.

"Now we have a game against Blackburn on Saturday and I think every game from now until the end will be difficult.

"When you play against a squad playing against relegation, it can be more difficult."

Mancini reminded his players that Rovers have already taken three points off of Manchester United at Old Trafford this season and are fighting for survival.

"Blackburn won away against Manchester United and we know they are a good team, they are strong on the counter-attack," he said.

"They have been playing very well in the last two or three weeks. They are playing to get away from the bottom."

Meanwhile, Mancini believes City's title hopes have been given a lift by the return from African Nations Cup duty of Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure.

"Yaya is a high-quality player, he used to play for Barcelona and he is used to playing to win every game," he said.

"I think his mentality is very strong and that can help all the team. But we have other important players and I think it is a good mix."

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