Mancini’s side are level on points with Manchester United, who travel to mid-table Sunderland, but have a superior goal difference over their neighbours. Asked if his City team could go on to dominate the league for years to come, Mancini told reporters in Manchester yesterday:
“I think Manchester City now is one of the top teams in England and Europe. If Manchester City can win the title for three or four years... I don’t know but now it’s important to win the first title and a second afterwards.
It’s been a normal week, the players are very well. Maybe Saturday or Sunday they will have pressure as it’s a very important game.”