Mancini targets Premier League title
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has set his sights on the Premier League title next season, after insisting the club will win trophies under his leadership.
The Italian has already been publicly backed by owner Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan despite missing out on qualifying for the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League.
City finished fifth, 19 points behind champions Chelsea, but Mancini is not deterred by that statistic as he targets a title challenge next term. And he stressed it was a matter of when and not if the club won trophies.
"I want to win a lot of trophies with this club. We did okay this season but next season I want us to aim to win the Premier League," said Mancini.
"It makes me more determined than ever to bring them success - when we win our first trophy it will be a very good moment for everyone."
The former Inter Milan coach, who won three Serie A titles and the Coppa Italia twice, said a change of mindset was needed within the squad.
"I think the most important thing I try to instil in my players is that they must always believe that they can win - we need a winning mentality at this club because eventually, it pays off," he the club's official website.
"It doesn't happen overnight and can take maybe six or eight months to really be absorbed, but if you are prepared to work hard every game, you will always have a chance of being successful. It's a simple observation, but very true - you can't win anything without working hard."