MANCINI SETS DOUBLE TARGET
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini kept his sights set firmly on double success after his team powered into the Europa League last 16 on Wednesday night.
City scored three goals in the final 14 minutes at the Etihad Stadium to see off 10-man Porto 4-0 and complete a 6-1 aggregate success.
The impressive Sergio Aguero set up victory with his second goal of the tie after just 18 seconds and later hit the bar before Edin Dzeko eventually doubled the advantage.
David Silva and David Pizarro then completed the job after the sending off of Rolando for two bookable offences and City will now resume their Barclays Premier League title challenge in good spirits.
When asked about the twin trophy push, Mancini said: "We hope so but it is not easy.
"We want to try to go to the final if possible but it will be difficult because the Europa League has top squads - Manchester United, Valencia, Schalke - it is like the Champions League.
"For this reason it will be difficult but we want to try.
"After that the Barclays Premier League - we are top, and if we win the next 13 games we will win the league."
Mancini felt his side came through a stern test against the Portuguese champions despite the ultimately convincing nature of the scoreline.
Porto, last season's Europa League winners, did not want to relinquish their title without a fight but they failed to turn possession into meaningful chances.
City always carried the greater threat in attack and spurned a number of opportunities themselves.
Mancini said: "It was important we scored early but Porto are a very strong team, they play football very well.
"We had other chances to score but we didn't score, and when you don't score, you can have other problems.
"It is not easy to beat Porto, they are one of the top teams in Europe and I am happy that we are going to the next stage."
City will now await the winners of the tie between Sporting Lisbon and Legia Warsaw, which concludes in the Portuguese capital tonight. The score was 2-2 after the first leg.
Porto coach Vitor Pereira felt City were flattered by their emphatic-looking success and the outcome could have been different.
Pereira said: "Up until the second Manchester City goal, Porto were the best team.
"Someone who has not seen the match is wrong in their opinion if they think City have dominated the game.
"The scoreline does not show what happened on the pitch."
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