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Post Match Reaction To Spurs Defeat

City's best season in decades has a hollow ring to it this morning but The Citizens must now raise themselves immediately to secure fifth place. Here's the 'CL Qualifier Final' reaction...

Roberto Mancini:

'I'm disappointed but I am also proud because of the job we have done and we have had a good season. We could have got the fourth position, we had the chances but football can be strange...we could have scored in the first half and that would have changed the game, but we must accept it.'

'City finished 10th last year, this year we could be fifth and we're in the Europa League. If we work well in the market and in pre-season we could do something special. I want to thank all the supporters as well, they were fantastic, and thank you to the players, they gave me 200%.'

Mancio wasn't wrong there as The Eastlands faithful roared their side into this game but in the end it just wasn't to be as The Blues went down to the better side:

'Spurs are a good side, and in the second half when we attacked we left a lot of space for them to counter-attack. I still think we were better than Tottenham in the first half. They played the long ball for Crouch many times, and we tried to play football but they played us well.'

Summing up, City's boss was philosophical, but determined to stay in Manchester:

'I'm disappointed for myself, I want to work harder because I want to improve with the team. When you don't hit your targets, you must think why that happened. To get fourth, we must work more next season. I'm confident. I think I will stay here. Why not? I have worked here five months and you don't start from the roof but the basement. We have worked very well and we are near the roof now. I am not a magician and I don't have a magic wand. We wanted this fourth place and we tried, just like Liverpool and Aston Villa, but this is football.'

Mancio is reknowned in Italy as a shrewd, tough man and do not be surprised if should he be given the green light from His Highness Sheikh Mansour that he offloads some of the Mark Hughes' signings that have failed to deliver within weeks.

Harry Redknapp:

'I think it was important for English football that someone got in outside of the usual four. To be honest, at the start of the season Manchester City were the only team I could possibly see breaking in. But then I couldn't see who would drop out either. I thought Liverpool were going to be very strong this year, having lost only two games the previous season. And, realistically, the best I could see for us was a place in the top seven.'

Of course, this is a results business and Spurs, who had the tougher run-in of all four of the fourth place contenders have done brilliantly to secure the position:

'If you look at the team I picked some people would think I was mad. We picked an attacking team and took a big gamble. We were one point in front of City; we could have played 4-5-1 but, no, we went for it. Everybody except perhaps Aston Villa plays one up now when they go away and the teams that have beaten City here - Everton and Man Utd - played one up. But I didn't want to go that way. I said: 'This is the same shape of team that beat Arsenal and Chelsea so now let's do it away from home.''

And they certainly did. But City must now go to London on Sunday and put in a shift. In the cold light of day, some players will be playing for their Eastlands futures.

VMC City Video Link: Mancio Pitchside At Eastlands

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday May 6 2010

Time: 7:25AM

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You gave us an almighty fight till the end ,you should be proud of your players. I know the feeling you have right now and i have experienced it myself but stability is the way to go. Keep Mancini in charge and i am sure you will join us in the champions league in place of Le Arse next season as both of us will strengthen our squads in the Summer
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06/05/2010 07:48:00

and i have to tell you, i have gained so much respect for City are very gracious in defeat and give credit where its due which is very refreshing to best mate is a city fan, so im Sorry for you guys, Keep the faith guys
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06/05/2010 07:52:00

Hate to say this but your time will come, with the resources at your disposal. For now, it's our day in the limelight.
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06/05/2010 07:59:00

Man City have a bright future if they don't chop and change the manager and allow someone (and to be fair with the resources at hand it can be a pretty average manager) to build a team and choose the signings. I certainly wouldn't bet against City being Top4 next season. On another note, I thought that Spurs fully deserved the win and over the course of the season their 4th place finish.
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06/05/2010 08:15:00

Copy and Paste -- Congratulations, thank you. respect to true supporters, week in, week out, we suffer the emotions of being a football supporter, watching and going through hell, last night was a wonderful game of football, in camera shot, my heart goes out to the young city lad in tears with his arms over his friend or brother at the end, showing just how much it means, he will see many good times ahead, come the weekend, two more games mean so much, chelsea and man u, i don't know what corner your all in, but for me, i really hope the title goes to CHELSEA, anyone remember what fergie said in the papers about the chelsea squad before the season started, "to old" in brief.........City go and beat west ham, you will have my support in that one...Good Luck in the future, but not to much A ..:-)LOL
spu 4 life
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06/05/2010 08:19:00

The best team ended up 4th the table never­ lies.............Citeh have gathered a team of­ individuals, where as Spurs have finally assembled a­ decent squad!! COYS
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06/05/2010 08:44:00

Fair play to city, it was a good race. You'll be there next year. Just hope we can maintain it ourselves!
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06/05/2010 08:46:00

Lets hope you can get 3rd spot that would really rile the gooners.
Buzz Lightyear
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06/05/2010 09:01:00

What a game and what a season! Glad we clinched as now I can relax as I havnt been able to think of anything else for the last 2 months but now we cant put "lasagne gate" behind us!! COYS!! We played to the majority of city fans on here, its been good banter and I hope you now spank the spammers! You will defo be there next season, hopefully at the expense of the goons and not us ; )!! For now this is our summer and I intend on enjoying every last second of it!! And BRING ON THE WORLD CUP!!
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06/05/2010 09:05:00

Just like to thank the Spurs fans for their comments and on the day you deserved your victory. You came so close in 2006 so you know how we must feel today - good luck in the CL and i hope we don't meet you in the Europa.
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06/05/2010 09:06:00

"well" on "we"
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06/05/2010 09:07:00

omg "well" NOT "we" Sorry
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06/05/2010 09:08:00

Muller we knew what you meant first lol
Buzz Lightyear
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06/05/2010 09:38:00

Cheers buzz! I will just put it down to the hangover or the excitedness!!!
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06/05/2010 10:19:00

Well done Spurs - no arguments from me. You deserved it. Underdog spirit bulldog fight . That's what we need from now on.
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06/05/2010 10:34:00

You will get your crack at it soon enough guys, I just hope we will be in it with you, much respect to all your fans who have congratulated us.
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06/05/2010 14:52:00

Join us next year in turning the top4 colours from red to about this for top4 next season Spurs, City, Everton and Fulham(just to p.i.s.s off the Chavski's) We of course will be Champs;) COYS
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