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Mancini 'relieved' after Spurs win

Mancini 'relieved' after Spurs win
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Roberto Mancini says that he is "relieved" to secure a spot in the Champions League.

Roberto Mancini has said that he is "relieved" to have secured a place in next season's Champions League.

Man City's 1-0 win over Spurs at Eastlands last night guarantees the team at least a fourth place finish this season, with the possibility of third if they can overtake Arsenal, who are currently two points ahead.

"When I arrived I said in two or three years Manchester City will become one of the top teams in Europe, and this is the first step," Mancini told reporters afterwards. "We have everything to do this."

"This is a very important moment for this club, and I am very proud. It is a relief - I am happy because it was our first target, and so I can congratulate the players because they have done a fantastic job now."

Mancini conceded that it would be "difficult" to overtake the Gunners with two games of the season remaining, adding that it was now "very important" for the squad to focus on this weekend's FA Cup final against Stoke.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City97202632323
2Liverpool97201631323
3Chelsea96302071321
4Arsenal970222111121
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs9702167921
6Bournemouth95221612417
7Watford95131312116
8Everton94321512315
9Wolverhampton WanderersWolves943298115
10Manchester UnitedMan Utd94231516-114
11Leicester CityLeicester94051515012
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton93241013-311
13Burnley92251017-78
14West Ham UnitedWest Ham9216814-67
15Crystal Palace9216511-67
16Southampton9135614-86
17Cardiff CityCardiff9126819-115
18Fulham91261125-145
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield9036418-143
20Newcastle UnitedNewcastle9027614-82

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