Mancini eyes final spot

20 January 2010 08:05
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes his side are now the favourites to reach the Carling Cup Final after they came from behind to beat local rivals Manchester United 2-1 in the first leg of their semi-final at Eastlands. Carlos Tevez was City's hero, equalising from the penalty spot after Ryan Giggs had given United a 17th-minute lead with a tap-in, before heading home the second-half winner. Tevez left Old Trafford in controversial circumstances last summer and appeared to gesture towards the United bench after scoring each of his goals. A thrilled Mancini said: "Now I would say we have a 51 per cent chance. "Carlos is an ex-Man Utd player so this game was very important for him. To score two goals was excellent. "It is not a big advantage, but it is an advantage. I am happy with the result because we were behind after 20 minutes and I felt it could be difficult. But we recovered, scored two goals and played well. "They had three or four chances but, in Shay Given, we have one of the best goalkeepers."

Source: ESA

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