Mancini insists Cityâs progress is already sending shockwaves around Europe. And he warned they are going to get Âbetter after the club Âapplied for planning Âpermission to build a Â£100m training ground that will include a youth academy to rival Âanything there is in the game.
Mancini said: âPeople are mistaken about Manchester City. They accuse us of spending more money than anyone this year and every time they said that they are mistaken.
âIf you look, there are a minimum of five clubs who spent more than we did during the summer and this seems to be forgotten.
âEveryone says we have spent a lot of money but so what? To us it isnât important. We just want to progress, to become a better club, and I think some people respect that.
âIn Italy and Spain we are now regarded as a top team. All the people in those countries now speak about City as being one of the top clubs in Europe.
âThat is good. Many people now talk well about City.â
He added: âIf we want to be like the other top teams, we have to be winners.
âThat can take time. This is our first time in the Champions League. But in football you never say never. Anything can happen. Last season, Schalke 04 Âarrived in the semi-final so I think we should have the belief that we can also do that.
âWith the new training facility our club has planned, one day we will be much bigger and better.
âThat will mean we can develop young players and thatâs important.â