Mancini targeting more Cup glory with Man City
Published 22:30 01/01/10 By David Anderson
Cup king Roberto Mancini is targeting Wembley glory to add to his 10 Coppa Italias.
Mancini virtually owns Italy’s equivalent of the FA Cup, having won it six times as player with Sampdoria and Lazio between 1985 – when Graeme Souness was his team-mate - and 2000.
He maintained his Midas touch as a manager and lifted it again with Fiorentina in 2001 and Lazio in 2004.
His success with Lazio was the first of three consecutive triumphs as he went on to win it again in 2005 and 2006 with Inter Milan.
The Manchester City boss knows all about the tradition and history of the FA Cup and is desperate to get his hands on the famous old trophy.
“I won the Coppa Italia six times as a player and four times as a manager with three different clubs and it would be great to think I could do that at City too,” said the Italian.
“In Italy the cup is perhaps not taken so seriously until teams reach the semi final stages, but here it is different.
“We are excited by the FA Cup. I know that in England it is a very important competition.”
Mancini refuses to downgrade today’s third-round tie at Middlesbrough to concentrate on Wednesday’s huge Carling Cup semi against Manchester United.
“We want to do well and to do that we must win at Middlesbrough,” he said.
“I have told the players that they should not be thinking about the semi final either.
“We must have full attention on the FA Cup and then prepare for the next game as soon as the final whistle goes.”