Manchester City coach David Platt says manager Roberto Mancini can handle the expectations now at the club.

Platt insists Mancini's career as a player and manager in Italy has him well prepared for anything that is thrown at him in England.

"He has this ability to absorb everything,' said Platt. 'The media attention, any setbacks we might suffer, the burden of expectation.

"His mantra, even after a defeat, is that we can improve, every day. We had breakfast before the semi-final against United and I asked him if he was nervous. He said, 'I'm not nervous. I can absorb any defeat. But I'll feel so sorry for the owners and the supporters if we don't get there".

"I think that's why it meant so much to him. For him it's all about winning but it's not about winning for himself. His mantra now is that "We can make history" at this club. That in 100 years they will be talking about Yaya Toure and David Silva, Vincent Kompany and Nigel de Jong and so on. If we'd been beaten in the semi it would have been a massive kick in the b***s for the fans."

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