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Mancini: Man City on verge of success subject to change of attitude

Boss Roberto Mancini believes Manchester City are on the cusp of something special if only they can grasp that winning mentality. The Italian is aiming to get the better of Juventus on Thursday in their glamour Europa League group match at Eastlands.

While pleased with the progress his side are making he maintains there is a lot of work ahead.

Mancini said: "I think we can create a special team in six months. We need time to improve day by day to change the mentality. We must start winning consistently. That is important."

Juventus are also a side in transition and Mancini has not ruled out the possibility of returning home to coach them one day.

"Why not, football is like that, " he said.

"I have never been an enemy of Juventus. I was a huge fan for years when I was a child so I have great respect for the club and the players.

"It will be a special match as it is the first time I am coaching an English team against Juventus.

"Obviously I miss home, as anyone would, but I am happy here. This is where I am living and working."

Mancini raised the stakes before the game by suggesting the Premier League was stronger than Serie A.

He said: "Juve and City are both new teams. We both need time to establish ourselves.

"I think the English championship is better than the Italian. They need to bring some big players back. They are not there at the moment."

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