Mancini cool on Hughes return
City boss insists no tension ahead of title decider
By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me: @skysportspeteo. Last Updated: May 11, 2012 12:47pm
Roberto Mancini insists Manchester City's title decider against QPR is not a personal battle between him and Mark Hughes.
Hughes, who was sacked prior to Mancini's appointment in December 2009, takes his current side to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday needing a point to be sure of avoiding relegation.
Depriving City of victory could also deny them the Premier League title, but while some have suggested that might give former Manchester United striker Hughes double reason for motivation, Mancini claims the teams are all that matter.
"This is not important - on Sunday we play Manchester City against QPR," said Mancini.
"For me, they are a good team, they don't deserve to stay at the bottom.
"They want to do everything to stay in the Premier League and for this reason I think it will be a tough game.
"I don't know him [Hughes] very well but it is not Mancini against Hughes or Hughes against Mancini. It is City against QPR."
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"I don't know him [Hughes] very well but it is not Mancini against Hughes or Hughes against Mancini. It is City against QPR.
"One team plays for the title, the other plays [to avoid] relegation."
City lead the table on goal difference from Manchester United heading into the final fixture and so only need to match their rivals' result to claim a first title in 44 years.
Mancini accepts there may be nerves in the final hours before the game but says there has been no tension in training this week.
"It is a normal week, without problem, without injury," added Mancini. "We have worked well.
"The players are very well. I think maybe tomorrow, Saturday, we can have pressure - I don't know - because it is the last game, but it doesn't change our situation.
"We need to play another difficult game. We need only to have focus about the game."