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  • 23 May 2011 08:51
  • Posted by Peter Ferguson

Let joy be unconfined - the newly-crowned FA Cup holders snatch third place for an automatic Champions League spot. Ah, but as our old sports editor used to ask, where's the conflict?

No worries, Roberto Mancini would like to reinforce his squad in the summer despite the tightened pursestrings. Or, as puts it, "immediately demanded a fresh injection of cash".

"Nice" stories are OK, you understand, but they need a bit of an edge. That notion has carried over from tradtional newspapers to the digital age, as websites get the drift ...

ESPN continues: "Mancini has shelled out huge sums on star names like Yaya ToureDavid Silva and Edin Dezko since taking charge and the reward is a place in Europe's premier club competition and FA Cup glory.

"The club's aim is Premier League and Champions League glory and Mancini has made it clear that only an injection of fresh quality will achieve that."

They quote Roberto: "We want to buy other players to improve because we need it.  In football you can spend a lot of money but you're not sure if you win.

"If you don't spend, you won't win. Football is strange but if you buy good players and work hard you can win. It's been a fantastic season but now we have 40 days to buy players who can help us improve."

John Edwards in the Daily Mail, while taking the same line, allows Roberto to make a valid point with a more pertinent observation regarding the squad strength he is seeking.

Top operator Buster quotes the boss: "The Champions League is hard, just like the Premier League. Tottenham have found that out this season. They have used all their strength in the Champions League and have dropped many points in the Premier League as a result.

"We must avoid that by bringing players in who have experience in the Champions League and can help us cope with both. We need more players. We need to improve as a team and a squad."

Meanwhile over at the Mirror, David McDonnell reports that Mario Balotelli is planning to bring his labrador Lucky on the Homecoming parade tonight. Insert your own pedigree chum joke here, please.    


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