Roberto Mancini promises best team to face Leeds United and insists Manchester City will keep fighting

By Paddy von Behr

Manchester City’s under-pressure manager Roberto Mancini will not take any chances when his side face Leeds United in the FA Cup fifth round tomorrow.

City’s Championship opponents knocked Tottenham Hotspur out in the fourth round and the Italian is aware of the threat they pose.

He also believes the FA Cup is a competition the club should be looking to win – a feat they achieved two seasons ago.

“We play with the best team,” said Mancini.

“It will not be easy because they beat Tottenham – I don’t think to play against Leeds is easy.

“In the FA Cup every game is difficult, but this is another way to do better than the last three months. It is possible to go to the final.”

Following their Champions League exit, Mancini has one competition fewer to focus on and he believes City can challenge on two fronts at domestic level.

This is despite slipping 12 points off the Premier League title pace with defeat to lowly Southampton last weekend.

But the 48-year-old takes a different approach to those who believe table-toppers Manchester United have the league wrapped up already.

“I don’t think like this – never. I always think we can do everything,” added Mancini.

“I have another mentality. We have 12 games – we will do our best. Don’t look at the table because it is not important now.

“Football sometimes is strange because when you think it is finished, three or four games can change everything.”

Carlos Tevez and Matija Nastasic could return to the side and Mancini hopes the former can score important goals during the run-in.

However, Gareth Barry – last weekend’s own-goal villain – and captain Vincent Kompany are expected to miss the tie through injury.

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