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Mancini thrilled with City display
Mar 30, 2013 7:27 PM GMT
Roberto Mancini wants to see Manchester City finish the season with the same intensity they displayed in their 4-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday.
Goals from Carlos Tevez and David Silva had the home side cruising at the break, with a second-half goal from Vincent Kompany and an own-goal from James Perch rounding out an impressive display for the champions.
Although they are 15 points behind Manchester United at the top of the table, Mancini said there was still plenty to play for and wants to see more of the same from his side.
"If we play like this, we play very well. We have another eight games, and an FA Cup semi-final, and we need to continue playing like today," Mancini told Sky Sports.
"We want to try (to win our remaining games), but we wanted this also two months ago.
"The Premier League is difficult and it is important that we don't lose players to injury for the next two months."
The manager was buoyed by the return of club captain Kompany, after he made his competitive comeback for Belgium in midweek.
"I don't think he is 100 percent because it is his second game after 60 days out," Mancini said.
"Maybe he needs to work more, but he is an important player for us."
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, meanwhile, conceded his team had been outplayed by a very good side.
"It looked like they were under no pressure," he said.
"You could almost sense that they were very relaxed. It's dangerous when you've got great players like they have relaxed and not playing with any fear.
"It was a good day at the office for Man City in terms of how the game unfolded for them I thought."