Boss aims to seal progress in Europa League
- 30 November 2010 12:48
- Posted by Tim Oscroft
Roberto Mancini is confident that City will seal their place in the knock-out stages of the Europa League even if he shuffles his pack against Red Bull Salzburg.
A win will ensure that the Blues go into the next phase, but with Wednesday's game being the middle one three in a week, the Manager will once again dig deep into the resources he has available.
Yaya Toure has recovered from the migraine that forced him out of the game at Stoke, and may be one of several changes that the Manager is considering.
He said, "Even if we make changes, we can put a good team out on the pitch. There will be changes tomorrow, playing two games inside three days is difficult and we can't play a lot of the same players in both games.
"We can only think about what we do, the result is up to us, and we must not think about what is going on elsewhere."
City will be looking to put their problems in front of goal at home behind them, having drawn a blank at the City of Manchester Stadium since the win over Lech Poznan. Some supporters voiced their frustration at the end of the draw with Birmingham, and Mancini has sympathy, adding:
"All the teams that come to Eastlands come to put all their players behind the ball, and that's difficult for us sometimes, but I think we can deal with that and score a lot of goals at home.
"Supporters are supporters, when you win they are happy but not when you lose, that's normal. But we must always respect them, and they were not happy after Birmingham. Our job is to continue to work, keep improving and try to win for them but we want them to get behind us. They will be important because we must win this game to get to the second stage."
Looking further ahead, Mancini is relishing the prospect of facing Sven Goran Eriksson, his former boss at Sampdoria and Lazio, in the FA Cup next month.
"I'm happy because of my time at Leicester in 2001, I have some good memories of playing there but also because I can meet my teacher! I'm happy to be facing Sven and pleased for him as well, it should be a good match. We speak every three or four days and I know he is enjoying managing in England again."