The Sky Blues are 15-points adrift of local rivals Manchester United after an underwhelming campaign.
One reason suggested for their domestic failings has been a lacklustre transfer window ahead of the current campaign.
Mancini missed out on a number of his top targets, chiefly Robin van Persie, leaving him with much the same squad as last term.
He manager to draft in some fresh faces, but the likes of Scott Sinclair, Jack Rodwell, Javi Garcia and Maicon have made little impact.
The Italian does not want to repeat the mistakes of last year, and has said that plans are already in place ahead of the summer transfer window:
“We need to improve our team every year and in the summer we need to buy the players who can make the difference, important players that can improve our team.” He is quote by Sky Sports.
“We have our targets in the summer and we are already working on them.”
Mancini also hit out at criticism being aimed at the club for their big spending ways:
“United are a top team and they just need to buy one top player every year because they are strong.
“It is different for us. We need to do it this way and maybe in the next three or four years we need only buy one player in the summer because we have a strong team.”
City have been linked with a number of players in recent months, with Napoli’s Edinson Cavani believed to be their top target.
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