Mancini: Man City have ‘two fingers’ on Premier League trophy

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini admits his side are in pole position to win the title - but is wary of QPR threat

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Mancini's side are ahead of Manchester United on goal difference Photo: R Goraczniak, via Wikimedia

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Roberto Mancini has warned Manchester City that they only have “two fingers on the trophy” ahead of their final Premier League game against Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad on Sunday.

City lead Manchester United on goal difference after their 2-0 victory over Newcastle United at St James’ Park last weekend which leaves Mancini’s men in pole position to win their first top-flight title since 1968.

But despite their advantage, the 47-year-old Italian has urged his side not to underestimate Mark Hughes’ QPR outfit, who are still battling to avoid a swift return to the Championship.

“We have two fingers on the trophy. But it is not enough, because we still have one more game and it is a difficult one,” said Mancini.

“My feeling is good after the Newcastle result and so is the feeling of the players. But we need to play the QPR game in the right mood.”

Sir Alex Ferguson is expecting Hughes’ side to produce a resilient performance against the league leaders, with the United manager adding the pressure is still on the Eastlands outfit.

But Mancini insists City will approach the decisive league game with the same attitude which worked so successfully for his squad in the Manchester derby and against the Magpies.

“We have managed to keep the players’ feet on the ground,” he added.

“We did it before we played [Manchester] United,” he added. “Then we did it last week before we played Newcastle. We won’t change anything. If we don’t keep our concentration and prepare well for the game, it will end up being very difficult.

“We don’t have pressure. Leading up to the Newcastle game, maybe we had some. But not now. We just need to play one game and we just need to play as we did on Sunday.”

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