Roberto Mancini hopes Man City title hopes boosted after thrashing Leeds

Three seasons ago, Leeds United won 1-0 at Old Trafford in the FA Cup although any hopes of a similar scalp at the Etihad Stadium were dealt a blow on Sunday when Manchester City ran out comfortable 4-0 winners.

Roberto Mancini hopes Man City title hopes boosted after thrashing Leeds

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February 17th, 2013

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The outcome was rarely in doubt after Yaya Toure had put City in front with just five minutes on the clock, while Sergio Aguero’s penalty ten minutes later meant it was a difficult afternoon for Neil Warnock’s side.

Second half goals from Carlos Tevez and Aguero ensured that City cruised into the quarter finals of the competition, with Roberto Mancini hoping the victory acts as a catalyst as far as the team’s title hopes are concerned.

Mancini said: “In Italy we say a game like this is a brodino – a starter. I hope it can happen that we start to win in the Premier League again.”

“This (fifteen points gap) is possible, but I think we should always be confident in ourselves, even when we’re 12 points behind at this moment,” he said. “We lost seven points in [our last] three games and this can happen for any team. But now they [United] play a lot of games, at this moment they deserve to stay there because they have been better than us and scored more goals than us.”

Mancini declared himself pleased with the result and clean sheet following a recent 3-1 defeat at St Mary’s.

He said: “I’m happy because it was important to win after Southampton – the FA Cup is difficult. We started this game very well, we started very quickly and scored two goals, after [that] it was easier. Arsenal showed this yesterday [in being knocked out]. Every game in the FA Cup is difficult if you don’t have a good approach.

“Every team plays like it’s a Champions League final. The FA Cup is an important trophy in England because you should play 100% if you want to win.”

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