Mancini will rotate for Europe

by Michelle Fortune , 04 December 2012

Roberto Mancini is determined to keep Manchester City in Europe for as long as possible but not at the detriment of the Premier League challenge.

City will bow out of the Champions League on Tuesday night regardless of their result against Borussia Dortmund, but they still have the chance to qualify for the Europa League.

Victory over the German champions coupled with a Real Madrid win against Ajax would see them qualify for Europe's second competition and Mancini is adamant he wants to win the tournament even if it means matches on Thursday and Sundays with considerable travelling involved.

Mancini has a large squad at his disposal and he has vowed to field two completely different teams in both competitions to ensure they remain in the hunt for at least one trophy.

 "Even though we can't go through to the second stage of the Champions League, it is still important we try to stay in the Europa League," Mancini said.

"Our target is the Premier League - that has been the case since the start of the season - but we'll still try and stay in the Europa League.

"If in the New Year we could win the Europa League, it could be an important trophy for the club and we need to win something this season and every season.

"But if we go in the Europa League we will play different teams.

"When you play Champions League, you play on a Tuesday or Wednesday, then Saturday or Sunday in the Premier League. But with the Europa League, this is just impossible.

"If you don't get any help from the FA [with scheduling] then this is the problem with the Europa League.

"But we want to play in it. We want to stay in Europe - however, if we do, we will play two different teams, one on Thursday and another one on Sunday."

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