The Citizens have already been embarrassingly eliminated from the Capital One Cup by Aston Villa and from the UEFA Champions League without a single win in the group stage, but Mancini has eyes towards more silverware for the Etihad faithful this season.
In three years, we reached our [base level]. We won and I think we can continue to win in the future. For us, it is important to win a trophy every year. If we continue to do this, it will be good.
Now our target will be to win the second title because to win two titles in a row will be very important. We have two targets [to win trophies this year] and if we work better than the first six months and forget what we did last year, we have more chance to win the league.
The defending Premier League champions currently trail rivals Manchester United in the race for the title this season, with the Red Devils staking their claim as the most potent attacking team in the league—a claim that would have been reserved for City last season.
The dominance of Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez has been replaced by Robin van Persie's goal-scoring abilities and Wayne Rooney's creativity, as United seek to win back the league title and chalk up the club's 20th domestic trophy.
City were incredibly fortunate to scrape through with a 1-0 win at home to Reading over the weekend, with a last-minute Gareth Barry goal giving the hosts the win. However, with Barry appearing to be climbing all over Nicky Shorey, they were perhaps a little lucky to get the three points on the night.
The injury-time winner was the fifth time this season that the Citizens have won the match in the final 10 minutes of play—a 12-point turnaround on what could have been. That gap would surely have conceded any chance of Mancini's men triumphing in the Premier league this season.
However, as lucky as they might have been, the gap stands at what it stands with only a couple of results separating them from their crosstown rivals.
With over half the season still left to play, there's little doubting that City could challenge for the Premier League title once more this year. They have the talent in midfield and the firepower up front do so and have proven that they can get the job done down the stretch.
And if that fails, well at least they'll have the FA Cup to try and fall back on—providing they don't bomb out of that competition also this season.
Do you think Manchester United can win a trophy in 2013?
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