Mancini on alert against Cup giantkillers Leeds

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 17 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 17 February, 2013, 4:41am


Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says his multi-million pound side will not underestimate giantkillers Leeds in their FA Cup fifth-round tie at Eastlands today.

Mancini's side are effectively out of the Premier League title race and Mancini accepts there is now an even greater incentive for his team to look to the FA Cup.

"Now the FA Cup is different," said Mancini. "It is clear that it will not be easy because they beat Tottenham. I don't think to play against Leeds is easy.

"In the FA Cup, every game is difficult. This is another way to do better in the last three months. It is possible to play in the final."

Mancini had threatened to make widespread changes after the 3-1 defeat at Southampton last weekend. Romanian goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon is set to start ahead of Joe Hart, who is rested.

But otherwise Mancini wants to use a largely first-choice side against Neil Warnock's team, as he did in wins over Watford and Stoke that took City into the fifth round.

"Warnock is a top manager, he has big experience," said Mancini. "I played against him last year with QPR, we had big problems when we won 3-2. He knows football very well."

As well as knocking Tottenham out of the FA Cup, Leeds beat Everton and Southampton in the League Cup.

"We've done brilliantly in the cups so far," said Warnock. "We've shown what ability we've got in the squad and that's what makes it more frustrating with our league form."