Roberto Mancini chasing a top-four finish

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has risked upsetting the club's owners by suggesting he would be more than happy to finish fourth in the Premier League this term.

Following their goalless draw with cross-town rivals Manchester United on Wednesday evening, the Citizens occupy fourth spot, a position that would see the qualify for the Champions League next season.

Sitting seven points behind leaders Chelsea after 12 games of the new campaign, the Italian believes the Eastlands-based outfit would be wise to look at the bounty of continental entry ahead of winning the domestic title.

"If the Premier League finished tomorrow, I am happy," he said.

"Our target is to get to the Champions League, but the season is very long.

"It is important for us to stay near the top and we can change our target."

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