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Mancini - I need silver and goals!

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini claims he has little interest in goalscoring records despite the potential of his team to smash them.

City have rattled in a remarkable 36 goals in their opening 10 Premier League games and with strikers Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero and Mario Balotelli all in form, there is potential for many more.

Chelsea scored a Premier League record of 103 goals in winning the title in 2009-2010 and that tally is clearly well within City's reach.

Yet while Mancini is revelling in the freescoring ability of his side, he is happy to take victories however they come.


When asked if Chelsea's record was an incentive, the Italian said: "No, we just want to do better than last year, only this.

"I don't prefer 1-0 to 4-0 but I do know it is impossible to always win 3-0 or 4-0.

"There will be some moments during the season when winning 1-0 will be good."

Italians have a reputation for defensive excellence and 1-0 winning scorelines, and Mancini added: "If you keep a clean sheet every time, that is good."

Mancini admits, however, that he does have an embarrassment of riches at his disposal and a tilt at such records should only be expected.

He said: "We have Sergio, Edin, Mario, Samir (Nasri), David (Silva) and Yaya (Toure) -- all of these players can score in every game.

"Now what is important is that we keep on continuing to score. It is important to have three different strikers with different attitudes.

"Edin, Mario and Sergio are totally different as strikers, but then we also have a lot of players in behind the strikers who can score.

"What other team has all these resources? I think it is very important."

City will hope to maintain at least a five-point lead at the top of the table as they travel to QPR this evening.

The game will bring them up against former City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips, who left the Etihad Stadium for Loftus Road in August on good terms in search of more first-team opportunities.

The 30-year-old appears to have made the most of the switch to West London and Mancini is pleased to see him doing well.

He said: "I am sure Shaun will want to play very well against us, but I am happy because now he plays in every game -- and he deserves that because he is a good guy and a good player.

"We need to pay attention to him."

He added: "QPR beat Chelsea and did well against Tottenham so it will be a tough game.

"I have a big respect for them."