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Italian believes the campaign run-in for fourth spot in in his side's hands but has warned their upcoming clash against Tottenham will be difficult

By Greg Stobart at Eastlands

Roberto Mancini insists Manchester City deserve Champions League qualification for having such a consistent season.

Following their 2-1 win over West Ham on Sunday afternoon, City have cemented fourth place, moving seven points clear of Liverpool and Tottenham who are tied on 55 points.

City had threatened earlier in the season to mount a title challenge on city rivals Manchester United, however defeats to Sir Alex Ferguson's side, Aston Villa, Chelsea and Liverpool since the turn of the year have seen Mancini's men slip from the running.

“Everything is in our hands,” assured Mancini. “We've been between first and fourth position all season. After what we've done, we deserve to be in the Champions League.

“We are not under pressure. We know we have a big chance in this moment. The Champions League was our target at the start of the season and we are in a good position.

“We're also in the FA cup final so we've done a good job.”

Mancini is targeting four wins from his side's remaining four fixtures but has conceded City's clash with Tottenham is an important fixture.

“We will relax after May 22. We must get the maximum points we can do. We have four games left and so do Tottenham.

“The next game [against Spurs] will be very hard for us but it's important to get a positive result.”

City's win on Sunday came through goals within the opening 15 minutes. Nigel de Jong netted his first for the club before Pablo Zabaleta doubled the hosts' advantage. Demba Ba pulled one back for Avram Grant's men but West Ham were unable to find an equaliser.

Mancini felt his side should have closed the game out at 2-0, but insists matches against relegation-threatened teams are tough at this stage of the campaign.

“I never thought it would be an easy game. Every game is difficult at the moment because it's the end of the season. It's very hard to play against a squad that's fighting relegation," said Mancini.

“We started well but we probably thought it was finished after the two goals. The game is never finished until the referee blows the final whistle.”


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