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Capello says 'bravo' to Mancini so far

Fabio Capello has given Roberto Mancini his official seal of approval.

Mancini joined the growing band of Italians currently managing in England when he succeeded Mark Hughes as Manchester City boss in December.

After an impressive start to life at Eastlands, Mancini's side were struggling after a run of just one win in six games. But all that changed at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago, when City rallied from a goal down to destroy Chelsea and in the process catapult themselves straight back into the top-four battle.

And although it is not really the done thing for England managers to single out individual Premier League bosses for special praise, Capello feels Mancini is doing an excellent job at Eastlands.

"Mancini is working very well," said Capello. "The results are good and I hope they will arrive where the ambitions of the owner are -- in the top four.


"It's between City, Tottenham, Liverpool and, maybe, Aston Villa."

Capello approves of the style of play Mancini has adopted, even though it is less attractive than that of Hughes.

He was also at Chelsea for that staggering win. And merely by achieving that result, Capello feels Mancini's City have earned some respect.

"Mancini has changed the style a lot from when Mark Hughes was there," he said. "Now City have more confidence and can win against anyone.

"I watched the game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and they played very well in the second half. It was a really important win for the players.

"To beat Chelsea away has not been easy for the best teams in the world."

Mancini will welcome Patrick Vieira back from a three-match suspension ahead of Sunday's trip to Sunderland.

However, Emmanuel Adebayor still has three games to serve following his dismissal in the FA Cup defeat at Stoke.