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Mancini: FA Cup win would cap a good season

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini accepts standards may have dipped this season but has no doubt FA Cup success would wrap up a good campaign.

After their dramatic Premier League victory last season, City and Mancini (above) began this term with high expectations but failed to build on them.

Manchester United reclaimed the league title at a canter and City exited the Champions League at the group stage.

That has left them chasing the consolation prizes of second place and the FA Cup, for which they play Wigan in the final at Wembley today.

Mancini said: "I think we did a good season but not like last season. I think the FA Cup is the second trophy in England after the Premier League. It is an important trophy for everyone.

"To play a final at Wembley is fantastic. For us it is the second final in two years."

Mancini is taking nothing for granted against a Wigan side who remain in serious relegation trouble.

Indeed, he has been impressed by Roberto Martinez's side and is taking no notice of City's status as odds-on favourites.

The Italian said: "I don't think in the final there is one team favourite. Wigan are a good team.

"The final is the final, it is not important what can happen in the Premier League tomorrow.

"But after that I think they have a chance (to stay up) because they have another two games to stay in the Premier League."

Mancini claims he knows his team but will not make a decision until shortly before the game. Scott Sinclair, who has undergone surgery to remove a blood clot in his shoulder, is the only absentee.

Meanwhile, Mancini claims it has been an honour to compete against Alex Ferguson.

 

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City beat United in the 2011 FA Cup semi-finals and pipped them to the league title in dramatic circumstances last year, a season in which they also thrashed their neighbours 6-1 at Old Trafford.

Mancini said: "It was a great honour to beat him in Old Trafford and I wish him good luck for his future. It is difficult to say Sir Alex is the best (ever), but he is the best in the last 27 years."

Ferguson's retirement will leave a big hole for his replacement David Moyes to fill, but Mancini does not expect the balance of power to shift back to City yet.

"Sir Alex built this team but it is a big club with a big history and I don't think it will change something," he added.


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