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Thursday, May 17, 2012

LONDON - Roberto Mancini has vowed that newly crowned Premier League champions Manchester City will splash out in a manner similar to Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona in their bid to win the Champions League.

"Barcelona and Real Madrid every year buy two or three players and spend a lot of money," Mancini told BBC Sport on Tuesday.

"I think for Manchester City it will be the same. We need to improve. We need to have the strength to play Champions League and Premier League.

"For this we need to have a good team, a strong team with a good mentality, but I'm sure we will do it."

Real Madrid and Barcelona have spent an estimated total of STG105 million ($A170 million) each, over the last two seasons, to recruit players.

City now have the spending power to match the Spanish giants and, as Mancini plans his quest for European glory, he is pleased with how his side have dealt with the pressures of the Premier League.

He said City - top-flight champions for the first time since 1968 - were worthy winners of the title because, unlike second-placed city rivals Manchester United, they were never beaten heavily by anyone.


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