Man City boss Mancini insists top four target realistic

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini insists Champions League qualification is a realistic target.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini insists Champions League qualification is a realistic target.

The ex-Italy international stuck to the belief he highlighted at his public unveiling on Monday that City can finish in the top four this season.

And he was optimistic he could match his feats at the San Siro when he guided Inter to a trophy in his first season in charge and went on to win three Serie A titles.

The comparison between the two Milan clubs - where AC dominated for so long - and City's situation with rivals United was not lost on Mancini.

"It depends (finishing in the top four) but I think so. It is important now we concentrate on Boxing Day's game at home to Stoke and then after that one game at a time," he said.

"I think I can do a job and my target, always, is to win.

"Inter Milan was a good job. I arrived there when they had not won in 18 years and after one year they won the cup and then after that the championship.

"I think I can do the same in Manchester but for this it is important that I work hard and I get to know the team fast."

The new City boss accepted it would take time for the players to adjust to his methods but felt they could be playing the Mancini way within a month.

"We must work out our defensive problem. A balance to the team is the most important situation but for this we must work every day," he added.

"After three or four weeks it will be possible (for them to adapt to his style).

"I hope the players play well on Saturday and understand my team talk."