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Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini not feeling added pressure

Roberto Mancini: Claims Manchester City are not feeling any added pressure for Sunday's FA Cup semi-final

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Roberto Mancini insists his Manchester City side are not feeling the pressure ahead of Sunday's FA Cup clash with Chelsea.

Currently sitting 12 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United, and having been knocked out of the Champions League, the FA Cup offers City their only realistic chance of silverware this season.

But Mancini claims the Wembley semi-final has not placed any added pressure on his City side.

"No, I think we have the same pressure that Chelsea have, or every team that plays in the semi-finals," he said.

"I think it is important we have the same concentration we had against (Manchester) United and we play the same as for the last two-three weeks.

"If we deserve to win we will win. If Chelsea are better they will win.

"This is normal in football. It is important we have a good attitude for this game."

But the Italian does not doubt the importance of the Chelsea tie. He added: "It is important for me, for the players and the club because it is another semi-final.

"I think it is very important and we have a chance to go into the final, to get another trophy. For this reason it is very important."