Friday, May 11, 2012
MANCHESTER CITY IN FINAL PREPARATION AHEAD OF SEASON'S DECIDER
Manchester City players were put through their final preparations ahead of the season decider at home to QPR.
The City players looked in good spirits as they trained at their Carrington base knowing they need to match rivals Manchester United's result to win their first title for 44 years.
And manager Roberto Mancini has played down the personal battle between him and former City chief Mark Hughes, who will be in the away dugout on Sunday.
Hughes, who was sacked prior to Mancini's arrival at the Etihad Stadium in December 2009, takes his current side to Eastlands on Sunday needing points to be sure of avoiding relegation.
Depriving City of victory could also deny them the Barclays Premier League title but while some have suggested that might give Hughes double reason for motivation, Mancini claims the teams are all that matter.
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.