Mancini targets Europa final for Blues
- 27 August 2010 00:10
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
Roberto Mancini has set his sights on reaching the Europa League final after seeing off Romanian outfit Timisoara 3-0 on aggregate in the qualifying round.
Second-leg goals from Shaun Wright-Phillips and Dedryck Boyata - his first for the Blues - confirmed City's place in tomorrow's draw for the group stages in Monaco following last week's 1-0 win in Romania.
Manager Mancini, who has vowed to chase all four trophies this season, said: "It was important that we play well, and now we are in the group stages. We have a good team.
"In the Europa League, you meet other good teams, but I hope that we can get to the final. It might not be the Champions League, but it is still important.
"I hope that we can be lucky in the draw. But there are a lot of teams in the Europa League, it's difficult to choose one or another to avoid.
"The Europa League will be important to the development of the team. It is difficult because you play more games, but I think if you can change some players every game you can get there in the end."
Wright-Phillips made the breakthrough just before half time from a sublime Patrick Vieira pass then young Belgian defender Boyata - in his first start of the season - headed the clincher from a David Silva free kick.
Mancini said: "Dedryck is a good player, and he played very well. I'm happy that he scored his first goal. He was ready to step into the team when he was needed, and that is important.
If we found another Patrick Vieira that would be important, but it's not easy to find players like Patrick
"Silva needs time. He's a fantastic player, but playing in the Premier League is different to La Liga."
"We had a good focus. If you think it's an easy game then you can have a problem, but we started very well and had a good performance. It was difficult because they had ten men behind the ball, we couldn't find any space at times.
"We have spent our money very well - we have bought the players who can play in different positions. We are unlucky because we have four injured players, but we will improve because we've played only four games."