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Mancini: you lot are so scared of us

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Oasis fan Roberto Mancini reckons the Premier League's top clubs are running scared of big-spending Manchester City.
The Eastlands outfit took their summer transfer spree to £79million at the weekend by signing Italian Lazio defender Aleksandar Kolarov for £19m.
Figures show City have already spent more than the rest of the top 14 Premier League clubs put together in Mancini's seven months in charge.
Yet the Italian boss shows no sign of stopping either with the likes of James Milner, Mario Balotelli (here's a photomontage with City shirt) and Fernando Torres all on his radar.
Meanwhile, the traditional Big Four and Tottenham have had quiet summers with the new season less than three weeks away.
So Mancini believes the title hopefuls will have to accept there will be another team challenging this season.
He said: "Are they scared? I think so. At the moment only Manchester City are buying players.
"But that is normal because Manchester City want to improve and the other teams are just big teams who would like a lot of people.
"All the other teams are trying to put pressure on us because for 10 years there were only four teams challenging for the title.
"This year, there are five. I think all these teams over the years have spent a lot of money.
"Manchester United, Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool but now City do."
He said: "We have a big opportunity to win the league if we believe in ourselves and do our jobs. We have improved as a team.
"It depends if we can put together a team in the short time available. In my experience, I know after the World Cup in every country there can be a different situation in the league.
"Last year, we fought for a Champions League place until the penultimate game against Tottenham - the aim this year is to try to win the Premier League. That must be our target.
"Football is strange, especially after a World Cup. I wait to make that judgment until the market has closed and the Premier League has started.
"We have improved with new players and have done some good work in the last two weeks. It depends but my feelings are good."
Hugely ambitious billionaire Abu Dhabi owners of the richest club in the world will expect a title challenge and a return on their vast outlay in the very near future.
With their money comes huge pressure - and Mancini, 45, is the bookies' favourite to be the first top-flight manager to go.
But he insists he never feels under threat and said: "I don't get pressure. Before I was a manager, I was a player. I managed Inter Milan for four years - no other manager has been there for that long and Inter won the championship after almost 20 years. I built Inter. There, I had 24 players with different mentalities, strong players, but this is just my job.
"I will be in management another 15 years maybe, I am sure I will win things. This has been my life and I don't feel pressure."
Mancini would love to be the first manager to bring silverware to City's success-starved fans since 1976.
He said: "I would like to win here because we never win. Not for me, because it is just my job.
"But for the supporters and the players because they give everything for this club. For them, I want to win a trophy this year and I think everybody follows this dream.
"In two years at Inter, we became strong but we arrived at that point because we worked hard and went through a lot of difficulty. I hope here will be the same. You can't win if you don't work - even if you buy players.
"You need players with good attitude and mentality. I think this year will be fantastic."
Mancini is pinning his hopes on a good start - on the back of his strict training regime. The double sessions did not go down well in some quarters last season but he warns his stars to expect more of the same.
City have a tough start (14 August) with games against Tottenham and Liverpool up first - but Mancini wants his side in top shape for those battles.
He added: "You have to be patient - that's normal. If you start the season, win, win, win it would be better for the players to understand.
"They can appreciate the work that they have done. That's normal. For a player it is important to work and work well, that is important."

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30 May - Forum, Milan, Italy (the first "Noeless" gig since 1991 when he didn't join Oasis yet)

summer tour without Noel


16 November - Andy Bell unplugged - Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden (bootleg)


3rd & 4th March - Barrowland, Glasgow, Scotland +here and here + bootleg
6th & 7th March - O2 Apollo, Manchester +bootleg 1 +bootleg 2
9th & 10th March - Troxy, London +bootleg 1
13 March - Casino de Paris, Paris, france
14 March - E-Werk, Koln, Germany
16 March - Alcatraz, Milan, Italy +dvd bootleg
18 March - La Riviera, Madrid, Spain +bootleg
19 March - Bikini, Toulouse, france
21 March - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland (bootleg)
22 March - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium (bootleg)
14 & 15 April - The Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland here a bootleg image
17 April - Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
20 April - O2 Academy, Newcastle (a photo here)
23 April - Centre, Newport (photo and bootleg)
30 May - Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg, Germany
+a photo here + win tickets here
8 June - Saschall, Firenze, Italy +my story here +bootleg here +win tickets here
11th June - Papillons de Nuit Festival, Saint Lo, france
12 June - Isle of Wight festival +story here and here +interview here +videos here +interview and bootleg here
25th June - Theater of Living Art, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
30 June - Rock Werchter, Belgium (bootleg)
1 July - Main Square Festival, Arras, france +a photo here
7 July - BBK Live Festival, Bilbao, Spain
9 July - Oxegen Festival, Naas, Ireland
26 August - Reading Festival (win tickets) +videos here +review&video here +bootleg here
3 September - AX Hall, Seoul, South Korea
14 September - Twinkle Rock Festival, Taipei, Taiwan
7 October - Atlantico, Rome, Italy +main bootleg here +another bootleg here
+win the concert here
11 October - Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland (postponed)
13 October - Gasometer, Vienna, Austria (postponed)
31 October - Theater Caupolican, Santiago, Chile
2 November - Teatro de Verano Ramon Collazo, Montevideo, Uruguay
3 November - Teatro Colegiales, Buenos Aires, Argentina
4 November - Personal Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina
5 November - Planeta Terra festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil
12 November - O2 Academy, Sheffield
14 November - O2 Academy, Birmingham
17 November - O2 Academy Brixton, London
2 December - The Warfield, San Francisco, U.S.A.
3 December - Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, U.S.A. +another complete review here +win tickets here and here
5 December - First Avenue, Minneapolis, U.S.A.
6 December - The Rave Ballroon, Milwaukee, U.S.A.
9 December - Terminal 5, New York, U.S.A.
10 December - House of Blues, Boston, U.S.A.


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3 June - Abbey Road, London (acoustic) +bootleg here
7 June - McClusky's, Kingston (album launch acoustic gig)

8 November - Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland


Noel Gallagher solo gigography, and Low Lying Turds tour dates

(although his blinded fans say he's a "new solo artist", it's 20 years he's around and already played "solo" gigs previously (the first one in 1994), with the help of other people of course, as the Unplugged 1996, the gig for Tibet, the tour in 2006-2007, London, Milan, Manchester, Moscow, Los Angeles, Toronto, Paris, Australia, etc.)


25 March - Royal Albert Hall - London


28 November - Alcatraz - Milan, Italy + review here +video bootleg here +audio and video bootleg here


lost interest... even Noel got bored of himself

10 April - Auditorio Banamex - Monterrey, Mexico (cancelled)



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